Friday Coverage /// Opening Day at Goodguys 16th PPG Nationals
We’re in Columbus, Ohio this year for the Goodguys 16th PPG Nationals going on this weekend from July 12-14, 2013. The weekend is already off to a great start at the Columbus, Ohio Expo Center. We’re looking at a high of just under 80 degrees and slightly higher temps tomorrow and Sunday. Folks have already begun to make their way throughout the Expo center. Goodguys is predicting in excess of 6,000 cars to make their way through the grounds and as much as 80,000 plus in crowds.
We spoke with Communications Director for Goodguys, John Drummond who told us, “With no rain in the forecasts and clear weather predicted, that initial 80,000 may even draw more!” Of course, Goodguys is well known for producing some of the greatest car shows on Earth and you can expect to see everything from Rods, Customs and classics here in Columbus, Ohio.
We’ve already made our way through the show fields and have our eyes on some great builds, vehicles and products coming.Of course, we’ll be sure to send them your way as the weekend progresses. We’ll be covering everything from the vehicles competing for the Goodguys 2013 Optima Batteris Street Machine, Street Rod of The Year Award, Rod & Custom Fab Five, and Street Rodder’s Finest Five award.
Were also on hand to cover the COMP Cams Entine Builders Duel competition. COMP Cams is providing two engines for the COMP Cams Engine Builders Duel competition, which went off today at 3pm (eastern standard time).
COMP Cams Engine Builders Duel
Before we showcase the winners, today's competition was a unique face off between Teams, "F.A.S.T." and "COMP." Team F.A.S.T. was made up of Associate Editor Kev Elliot from Rod & Custom Magazine and Ryan Manson, Editor of Custom Classic Trucks Magazine. Team COMP was comprised of Associate Editor's Stephen Rupp from Camaro Performers Magazine and Jake Amatisto of Chevy High Performance Magazine.
Each team went head to head each putting together a partially assembled small-block Chevy which only included a properly thrusted crankshaft and main caps. The rest of the components were to be installed by each team. Each engine is identical from carb to pan. Once completed, each engine must be properly timed and fired up and remain running for a 60 seconds.
With both teams squared off, the time started and each began slamming the pistons and rods into each cylinder. From there, it was only a matter of plugging the slugs, adding the hardware and torquing it all down. As the time ticked by, it was pretty clear, Team F.A.S.T. had the upper hand with both cylinder heads installed before Team COMP could dial in and install their timing gear and chain. That jump on the lead led Team F.A.S.T.to end up winning the COMP Cams Engine Build Duel. In the end, Team F.A.S.T.had assembled and had their engine running a full 15 minutes before Team COMP. Total time for Team F.A.S.T.came in at just over 48 minutes for the win.
Goodguys 2013 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year
In the meantime, competitors for Goodguys 2013 Optima Batteris Street Machine of the Year just finished their round of autocross action. If you aren’t aware, the Street Machine of the Year contenders must complete two laps on the autocross course. So far, the top time went to Clayton Graham of Baker Montana. Check out the full list of autocross times below as well as a gallery of all the action!
Make sure to bookmark this page, we’ll have continued live coverage of the Goodguys 16th PPG Nationals throughout the entire weekend. Saturday's coverage will include all of that day's action and Sunday's will follow. Stay tuned!
AutoCross Lap Times
(All cars in contention for the Street Machine of the Year award are required to run 2 Goodguys AutoCross laps as a prerequisite. While the fastest time doesn’t determine the winner, style points do count!)
1. Clayton Graham, Baker, Montana, ’67 Camaro 41.89 2. Kevin Bowling, Shady Springs, WV ’68 Firebird 42.795 3. David Wolfe, Long Grove, IL, ’69 Camaro 42.961 4. Jeff DuPont, Merrimack, NH, ’69 Camaro 43.030 5. George Poteet (Danny Bowers driving). Memphis, TN ’69 Torino, 43.157 6. Jonathan Goolsby, Knoxville, TN, ’69 Camaro 43.469 7. Jody Parker, Willspoint, TX, ’69 Camaro 43.837 8. Chris Duggan, San Francisco, CA ’70 Dodge Charger, 44.115 9. Merv Cray, Niceville, FL ’69 Camaro 44.423 10. Sid Tracy, Champaign, IL ’69 Firebird 45.486 11. Alan Woodall, Cary, NC ’65 Corvette 44.545 12. Brett Hunter, Edina, MO ’71 Nova 44.939 13. Craig Boesch, Lincoln, NE, ’68 Cougar 47.826 14. Dalton Davis, Judson, IN, ’70 Charger 48.011 15. Ron Sall, Zeeland, MI, ’59 Corvette 48.180 16. Jimmy Shaw, Forest, MS ’67 Nova 48.429 17. Ron Sall, Zeeland, MI, ’69 Camaro 49.798 18. Barry Penfound, Elyria, OH, ’64 GTO 57.791