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GOODGUYS Win with a Pair of Threes!

By Bob Roseberry

Shoot! Two milestones at once! In July 2017, Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals marked its 30th year in the Pacific Northwest, with every event being held at the State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington, to greater and greater success each year. This leads us directly into the second milestone. We have it on good authority that "Goodguys Puyallup" has finally cracked the three thousand car barrier! We've been looking for that to happen for quite a while and finally it has. Couldn't be happier! So, there you are: two milestones, 30 and 3000 all in one fell swoop!

It probably should be said that part of this event's success has been the venue. The "Puyallup Fair and Events Center", the Fairground's official name, is a great location to hold a large car show as well as comfortable place for a family event. Its 160 acres encompass plenty of open areas for hot rod parking, wide aisle-ways for cruisin', multiple buildings providing shade, indoor show space and vendor facilities, varied and ample food service as well as well-kept restrooms (a definite plus!) and acres of free spectator parking. No question, the Fairgrounds in Puyallup was a great choice in 1987 and still is today!

While the venue certainly adds to the enjoyment, of course the real reason for the event is for a (large) group of gearheads to get together and groove on cars. This could include showing off your own wheels, checking out other folk's rides, talking-story about cars or all three, plus a few spin-offs that we probably haven't thought of yet. In that regard, the 2017 event was overkill! In just the sampling we've provided below, you'll find a vintage Indy racer, two traditional open roadsters, a couple of muscle machines, a stone-stock woody wagon, a "time capsule" Deuce Vicky and many more, including two super show cars that'll knock your socks off!

But wait, there's was more! The Northwest Pinstripers assemblefor their annual Brush Bash and installed a new member to their Hall of Fame, plus there was a model car contest, a swap meet and congregations such as the Canadian Corral and Homebuilt Heaven. A Poker run and shop tour were feature events as were the Friday Night Drags at Pacific Raceway! Any Goodguys event is non-stop excitement to begin with, and Puyallup 2017 was no different!

Suffice it to say that we enjoyed the 2017 edition of Goodguys and we're looking forward to 2018. The Pacific Northwest Nationals at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center is scheduled for July 27th through 29th, 2018. We'll see you there.


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