Columbus – July 2015 – Good Guys Car Show

The next Saturday we were back at the Fairgrounds, this time for the PPG Good Guys Auto Show. This custom car show featured over 6,500 Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks thru model year 1972.

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Even though we got there early we ended up parking all the way up by the Columbus Crew soccer stadium and riding the shuttle, a wagon pulled by a tractor, to the gate.

Unlike the show at Greenfield Village, this one was all about customization. There were cars with flame jobs, cars that had been chopped, trucks that had murals painted on them, and many more unique designs.

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The quickest way to the far end of the grounds was to take the Sky Ride, which turned out to be the best way to get an overview of the show. To see literally thousands of custom cars filling your complete line of sight was amazing. Never had I seen so many cool cars in one place.

One of the downsides to having it at the Fairgrounds is that nearly all of it was out in the parking areas in the hot sun. The few open pavilions that had cars parked in the offered a much needed respite from the heat.

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In addition to the cars, there was a large automotive specialty vendor area, catering mostly to the maintenance and appearance of the cars.

In one corner of the grounds they had set up an auto cross, where contestants ran their vehicles through a series of tight corners so see who was quickest. Given 99% of the cars here were American muscle cars, they were quick on the tiny straights but struggled through the corners.

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It was a great show, and the cars were spectacular, but all in all I enjoyed the Greenfield Village one better, as it had cars restored to original condition, and the setting was better.