Goodguys 8th Spring Lone Star Nationals set for March 9-11

Photo Courtesy: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association

Event now welcomes 1987 and older vehicles

Ft. Worth, TX – The weekend of March 9-11 the Texas Motor Speedway will be flooded with Cool Cars and Cool People Texas Style!! Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is set to kick off their 2018 event season at Texas Motor Speedway with the 8th edition of the Spring Lone Star Nationals. A gathering of over 2,000 candy colored and chromed hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks now up through 1987, this event has become one of the “must attend” events on the Goodguys schedule and brings hot rodders from all over the US to the Lone Star state.  Throw in the vendor exhibits, Team Texas Stock car rides, food booths, Nitro Thunderfest dragster exhibition presented by,  the burn out competition, Goodguys AutoCross racing and musical entertainment and you have a three day American hot rodding festival!

For the first time in over 20 years, the Goodguys events will be open to all cars and trucks through 1987.  This is a change from the previous cut off year of 1972.  At the 8th Spring Lone Star Nationals fans will get a close up glimpse of just how eclectic the modern day hot rodding scene is though in spirit – the Goodguys core message is unchanged after 35 years – having fun with cars. Acres of 1987 & earlier show cars glistening with candy colors will sprawl throughout the infield of TMS taking many on a trip back in time.   The sight of all of those classic cars takes us back to a simpler time in our history. 

Back by popular demand, the Nitro Thunderfest presented by will display vintage dragster s and race cars at the event.  On selected times Friday and Saturday, these beats will roar to life! Drag racing enthusiasts young and old will enjoy the “cackle” of these resurrected pieces of automotive racing history! Bring your earplugs and join us for this blast of racing history!

For those who have the need for speed, the shrill sound of rubber meeting pavement will fill the air with excitement as competitors race the clock in the Goodguys AutoCross, a closed performance race course.  It is a contest of speed & skill.   New in 2018, each event featuring Goodguys AutoCross racing will host a Shootout style racing event on Saturday. The Lone Star Shootout presented by Tremec will feature the 16 fastest cars at the event, regardless of class on Saturday afternoon. That means that the fastest Street Rod, Hot Rod and Truck competitors will be racing the PRO drivers in the Shootout format.  The AutoCross is included in the participant registration with the event.  If you register a car in the show, you can put it on the track, after a quick tech process.

For those who need to do some shopping for a project, there’s the midway featuring multi-million dollar custom big rig tractor trailers (a show in and of themselves) offering high-performance parts and accessories to budding hot rodders and do-it-yourselfers. Having the chance to interact directly with manufacturers has long been an appealing aspect of Goodguys events. Throw in a giant used car parts swap meet car corral (world’s coolest used car gathering) and it’s literally auto-utopia for any red blooded American with motor oil in their veins.

There are fun things for the kids to do, too at the8th Spring Lone Star Nationals. There’s even a model car program sponsored by Revell that sends the little one’s home with their very own model kit forging big dreams to one day come back to the show with a life sized version.  Plus the PPG coloring contest crafts, caricatures and other kids games. 

Goodguys Spectre Performance All American Sunday on March 11 offers owners of American made or powered show cars and trucks of all years to come inside the event to show off next to the 1987 and earlier iron. All American Sunday participants are eligible for awards, and can run in the AutoCross on Sunday also cruise the high banked oval at TMS.   Registration for All American Sunday takes place at the DFW Marriott and Golf Club across from the Texas Motor Speedway, beginning at 7 am.

What started 35 years ago in March 1983 in Northern California Is still true today. Goodguys events are all about cars…driving them, showing them, and hanging out with other car guys.  Our company motto says it best…“Goodguys…Where timeless traditions meet news school trends”.

The Goodguys 8th Spring Lone Star Nationals gates are open Friday and Saturday from 8am to 5pm and Sunday 8am to 3pm. General admission is $20, kids 7-12 $6. Spectator parking is free. Visit to purchase event tickets or to register a show car. Call Goodguys at (925) 838-9876 for more information.  $17 general admission tickets are available at until midnight, 3/8 only.  To get the full schedule for the weekend, click on this link

About Goodguys
Based in Pleasanton, CA – Goodguys Rod & Custom Association promotes and produces the world’s most dynamic automotive events. Founded by lifelong hot rodder the late Gary Meadors and his wife, Marilyn in 1983, Goodguys is the world’s largest hot rodding association with over 70,000 active members worldwide. Goodguys events feature thousands of hot rods and customs, tricked out trucks, mighty muscle cars and classics sprawled throughout venues such as lush fairgrounds, super speedways and large outdoor stadiums. The cars, vendor exhibits, the Goodguys AutoCross, live entertainment and colorful people create a festive atmosphere charged with electricity.