The Good Guys car show is one of the cornerstone summer events in Des Moines. The Good Guys are a national car club that has shows throughout the country. This year will be the 25th anniversary, and it should be a great one. Usually the weather is very hot for the show, but this year it looks like a high of 83 on Saturday and Sunday. One thing that makes our show great is the venue. At the Iowa State Fairgrounds there is enough room for the competing cars to cruise, so you can sit on a bench and watch an endless parade of classic cars ramble by. Here are a few reasons why we love the show.
The Cars – There are over 4000 classic cars/trucks from many different eras, styles, colors, and horsepower. The variety is really amazing.If you can dream it, they have already built it. One year I saw a customized hearse sidecar that could be towed behind a car/ truck with a matching paint job as well. Throughout the day some cars will leave and others will arrive, so there is a constant flow of new eye candy.
Nostalgia – I think a great idea would be to go with an older member of the family, and hear about these cars when they were new. I have heard so many great stories from older generations of the older cars, and the benefits/downfalls. Many of my own memories are tied to the car I had at the time.
The Kids – I never attended anything like Good guys as a kid, and I’m sure if I had I would have been mesmerized. This is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with the kids/grandkids and get some great photos and memories.
Networking – Within classic cars there are many different niches. Meeting people within your niche can be very helpful in finding parts and accessories if you have a car you are working on. There is a swap meet on site, and vendors on site in the Varied industries building.
Joining – Goodguys is the worlds largest hotrodding association with over 70,000 active members. There are from coast to coast over 20 events annually. You could hit a different venue every year and not run out for two decades. Click here to learn more about joining Goodguys.
Buying one – Imagine how happy your wife will be when you bring home a car from the Good guys show. (tongue firmly in cheek) The show is a natural marketplace where vehicles are bought and sold, you will probably see several for sale signs and and prices. If you’re not in the market to buy yet, you can at least get a price range for what you are interested in.
Fireworks – Classics cars and fireworks for the 4th of July weekend? That’s hard to beat. The show will have fireworks at 930pm on Saturday. If you are looking for fireworks displays on a different day click here.