Take a good long look at the smile plastered on Chris "Smiley" Harvey's face in our lead photo. You think you've got problems—this guy works third shift in a nuclear powerplant all week keeping millions of dollars worth of dangerous equipment running like clockwork. Yet he's having the time of his life with a jalopy of a '64 Chevy Biscayne wagon he dragged out of a barn and paid $350 for. You'd never know the weight sitting on Smiley's shoulders most days, especially when he's behind the wheel of his Chevy mowing down cones at the Goodguys Street Machine Autocross, but that's the effect autocrossing has on most folks.

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association realized a long time ago that something was missing from the static car show hobby—action. Once they figured out that autocrossing could provide a safe and fun way to exploit all the handling and horsepower—with timing equipment, trophies, spectators, and bragging rights no less—Goodguys shows would never be the same. Now all that muscle coming through the gate could be put to good use, without the cops getting involved.

Nevertheless, some old fuddy-duddies won't go near the cone course. Might scratch the paint. Might break. Yes—it might very well do those things, but at the end of your days when you're wondering what you did with all your time and money, you'll wish at one point you had a big ol' grin on your face like Chris "Smiley" Harvey. For real, what in the hell are you saving it for? You can't take it with you. As they say, "Ain't nothin' to it but to do it."

Those who harbor a lame excuse for not getting out there and carving up some tarmac should check this out: When Smilie found this '64 Chevy wagon sitting in a shed in 2007, it only needed a water pump to get running. "When I pulled it out, I washed it off, and that's the way it's looked ever since," he says. Over time, the stock 283 and three-speed manual have been replaced with a 350 Vortec out of a 1997 Chevy pickup, and the three-on-the-tree manual was swapped for a 700-R4 four-speed automatic. Some $650 Boss 338 wheels and tires off of eBay, along with a Right Stuff disc brake kit, and it was ready to roll. "It's just an everyday car more or less," Smiley says.

Smiley and his Biscayne more-door dispels another myth: You don't need a first-gen Camaro hosed down with a mail-order catalog in order to get your feet wet, although that certainly is one well-documented route we wouldn't argue with. At Nashville, we saw a lot of guys and gals like Smiley who were wheeling their stock and near-stock classic machinery around the course—and they were having the time of their lives. Want to get involved? Log on to www.Good-Guys.com today to find a Goodguys Street Machine autocross near you.

GOODGUYS NASHVILLE
Street Machine Autocross Results
Tom McBride '67 Chevy Camaro 36.706
Tom Farrington '66 Chevy Chevelle 37.456
Larry Woo '68 Chevy Camaro 37.607
Terry Neuville '68 Chevy Camaro 37.803
Jeff Schwart '65 Pontiac Tempest 38.519
Herb Lumpp '66 Chevy Chevelle 38.656
John Kundrat '64 Chevy Corvette 38.868
Karen Leisinger '70 Chevy Camaro 39.084
Curt Ukasik '62 Chevy Nova 39.140
Brad Granger '67 Chevy Camaro 39.208
Steve Merryman '66 Chevy Chevelle 39.291
Jeff Peoples '72 Buick GS 39.692
Rob Machado '67 Chevy Corvette 39.759
Ray Thompson '68 Chevy Camaro 39.767
Marshall Macharo '67 Chevy Corvette 39.947
Kevin Poe '65 Chevy Corvair 40.384
Tim Strange '68 Chevy Camaro 40.366
Grant Hukle '66 Chevy Shelby 40.424
Don Montgomery '69 Plymouth Valiant 40.508
Mike King '72 Chevy Camaro 40.600
Jenner Turner '70 Chevy Nova 40.709
Dan Ballard '72 Chevy Nova 40.940
Robert McGaffin '65 Olds Cutlass 41.167
Mark Strong '68 Ford Mustang 41.241
Jason Chinn '72 Chevy Camaro 41.363
Kyle Hector '69 Chevy Camaro 41.506
Randy Ivy '66 Shelby Cobra 41.626
Skip Walls '69 Chevy Camaro 41.633
Ronnie Walker '68 Chevy Camaro 41.677
Kevin Tetz '66 Ford Mustang 42.293
Shane Davenport '66 Chevy Nova 42.314
Jon Bridges '66 Ford Mustang 43.004
Lloyd Gaskins '57 Chevy 43.398
Terri Neuville '68 Chevy Camaro 43.812
Michelle Harvey '68 Chevy Camaro 43.959
Bobby Goodletsville '72 Datsun 510 44.365
Jimmy Shaw '67 Chevy Nova 43.142
Alan Hutcheson '61 Ford Starliner 45.362
Malcolm McMullan '67 Chevy Chevelle 45.911
Chris Harvey '64 Chevy Wagon 46.101
Jack Ashby '67 Pontiac LeMans 46.433
Mark Tucker '67 Chevy Camaro 46.464
Todd Stansberry '67 Chevy Camaro 46.972
Willie Maise '68 Chevy Chevelle 47.761
Greg Griggs '65 Chevy Nova 50.201
Jason Gaskins '72 VW Bug 51.221
Corey Williams '72 Chevy Camaro 54.643

SOURCE
Goodguys Rod & Custom Association
www.good-guys.com
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