Early April is normally a dismal time in most places across the country as gearheads tend to be shut indoors due to the poor weather. And let’s not even talk about tax time. Fortunately for muscle car fans in the Southwest, tax time was a little more bearable as they rumbled out to the 13th Meguiar’s Nationals at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds just north of San Diego. Goodguys in Del Mar was the perfect excuse you needed to cure those rainy springtime blues.

Goodguys in Del Mar was the perfect excuse you needed to cure those rainy springtime blues.

One nice thing about Del Mar Goodguys is that it’s local to us, which means we get to enjoy open-air cruising to and from the event in our very own magazine project vehicles. Many editors within the Source Interlink Media family of magazines took that opportunity to saddle up and head to Del Mar, which is literally right on the water. Heck, you can even hear the pounding surf, smell the salt air, and if you listen carefully, you can catch strains of the Mamas and the Poppas’ “California Dreamin’.” Of course, once the Goodguys Street Machine Autocross fires up, those nostalgic lyrics are instantly replaced with the sound of angry exhaust and screaming rubber!

...repeating the rotation through the ranks ensures racers get the same opportunity and the same number of runs.

Don’t get us wrong, we love to watch worked-over muscle machinery claw for traction with all the other spectators, but if we get the chance to join the fray with our own hardware, count us in. This was one of those perfect weekends where we got to load up the ’68 Nova, hit the highway, then pull right into the action on the Goodguys Autocross circuit. We made sure to get there early too; guys arriving late to the party—even a few minutes after the 9 a.m. starting time on Friday—were out of luck. There’s only a finite number of parking slots, and you’ve got to rise early if you want one of them.

The unwritten rule is that once you stake out a spot, it’s yours for the entire weekend. Nobody can take it when you’re off making a run, and as long as you get there by 9 a.m. the following day, you can have your same spot. After getting a quick tech inspection and a Goodguys Autocross decal, we unloaded, checked everything mechanically, and waited our turn. The Goodguys staff runs the cars in order down each row, and repeating the rotation through the ranks ensures racers get the same opportunity and the same number of runs. Just hang by your car so you don’t miss a run! Compared to the mad dash to the staging lanes at the dragstrip, this is downright civilized.

Over the weekend, I made seven runs with Project Nova, the best culminating in a 57.40-second run, which would’ve put our Nova near the top of the pack if our Nitto NT01 tires had a treadwear rating higher than 180 (they were a 100). It was the Nova’s first time on the track, and it performed surprisingly well; in fact, there were zero mechanical issues on the track and on the highway. We just had a couple of great days at the office—what more could we ask for?!

This was one of those perfect weekends where we got to load up the ’68 Nova, hit the highway, then pull right into the action…


Street Machine Autocross Results

Greg Thurmond ’64 Chevy Corvette 54.086
Gregg Blunder ’69 Chevy Camaro 54.385
Kyle Newman ’55 Chevy Bel Air 54.486
Casey Cronin ’68 Chevy Camaro 54.841
Robert Pierik ’71 Chevy Camaro 55.345
Dan Weishaar ’70 Dodge Challenger 55.370
Rodney Prouty ’68 Chevy Camaro 55.414
Tom Kamman ’69 Plymouth Barracuda 55.452
Matt Alcala ’69 Chevy Camaro 55.610
Brianne Maier ’66 Ford Mustang 55.650
Bob Gawlif ’71 Chevy Camaro 56.134
Steve Rupp ’68 Chevy Camaro 56.233
Jane Thurmond ’64 Chevy Corvette 56.400
Todd Vierra ’56 Chevy Wagon 56.521
Chris Meyer ’70 Chevy Camaro 57.574
Robbie Conklin ’68 Chevy Chevelle 58.000
Gerald Lum ’71 Chevy Camaro 58.091
Dick Eytchison ’65 Chevy Chevelle 58.350
Chad Humphreys ’69 Ford Mach 1 58.516
Kyle Newman ’57 Chevy   58.715
Dennis McNeil ’71 Chevy Chevelle 59.118
Richard Trujillo ’69 Ford Mustang 59.249
Aaron Raymond ’69 Chevy Camaro 59.426
Mike Fitzsimmons ’67 Pontiac Firebird 59.667
Nick Herrington ’67 Ford Mustang 59.932
Mike Young ’65 Ford Mustang 60.028
Evan Osborn ’67 Chevy Camaro 60.281
Robb McIntosh ’69 Chevy Camaro 60.342
Ralph Hollis ’70 Pontiac GTO 61.093
Christian Dilauro ’69 Chevy Camaro 61.134
Chris Humphreys ’71 Chevy Camaro 61.203
John Barkley ’72 Chevy Camaro 61.242
Tim Davis ’66 Ford Mustang 61.524
Chuck Rust ’65 Chevy Covair 61.783
George Reiss ’64 Pontiac Lemans 64.047
Mike Colon ’69 Chevy Camaro 64.130
Jerry McNulty ’65 Ford Mustang 67.040


SOURCE
Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
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