Good Guys Salt Lake City

Jan 25, 2021 8:00 PM - 103 Views

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While 2020 will not be remembered fondly by many for very obvious reasons it will be remembered for bringing a new motorsports event to The Wasatch. One that circumstances surrounding the pandemic could have easily put the brakes on. But for those souls of internal combustion and custom car culture, it did not happen.

In late 2019 it was announced that Salt Lake City would host their first-ever Good guys event in 2020. Originally scheduled for the weekend of May 14-16 the event was postponed from that date due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. Not wanting to postpone the event into 2021 Good guys opted to make protocols for health and safety by drafting a multi-page manifesto of sorts outlining all aspects of such for the event. The guideline Goodguys drafted limited entries to 1000 vehicles and 6000 in daily attendance per local Salt Lake County health order. This was in addition to making provisions concerning sanitation, indoor occupancy, and the wearing of facemasks. While some of these concessions were not popular with some attendees it was the sacrifice needed so the show could be held.

The Salt Lake Nationals was one of the few Good guys events held in the western US in 2020 if not the entire country. The green light for go was given for July 17-19 at the Utah State Fairpark on the Salty City's west side. Although the numbers were limited the cars that made the trek to the Beehive State came from all corners of the US. Every western state was represented as well as other vehicles that made the trek from as far away states such as Florida and New York. All were spaced out on the lawns and under shade from numerous mature trees that weekend as the mercury reached strikingly close to the century mark.

All of the hallmarks of Good guys events around the country were there. A swap meet was held on-site, indoor and outdoor vendors displayed their wares on vendor row and several exhibitors displayed their vehicles in the indoor portion of the car show. Near the far end of the fairpark was the Great Salt Lake Autocross Shootout. This was a popular event where entrants would take their vehicles through a crafted course for prizes and bragging rights.

The final day of the Salt Lake Nationals was "All American Sunday." An event hosting all years of American made vehicles by allowing several outside the umbrella of the 1987 year cut-off for vehicle registration. Dodge Magnums and 94-96 Impala SS' sat alongside '32 Deuces and Super Sport Chevelles under the high desert summer sun.
Sunday also hosted the special parking areas portion of the weekend. Owners were encouraged to enter one of the specialty areas for additional awards and prizes.

Parking areas such as the "Tri-5 Chevy Corral" featuring an impressive variety of 55-57 Chevrolets while "Homebuilt Heaven" featuring all makes and models crafted and built by their owners. "Young Guys/Gals" gave the younger members of our hobby a chance for recognition and to display their rides and "Ya Gotta Drive 'Em" was for the long-haulers and the daily driver custom vehicles that cruised into the event without being labeled a 'trailer queen."Finally the "Goodguys Builder's Choice" highlighted the best of the best on display.

Salt Lake City made a favorable impression on the powers that be with renewed hope that normalcy will return one day soon. The 2021 event is currently scheduled for the weekend of May 21-23 at the Utah State Fair park once more.

Until next time……..

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