Goodguys Charlotte 2017

Author: Detroit Speed | 02/27/2018 < Back to Blog Home
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The Goodguys Southeastern Nationals takes us out to compete in our own backyard at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This also means that the TGIF Party is hosted by yours truly, and this is a must-attend event if you want to get the scoop on what is new at Detroit Speed, Inc. Along with showing off our rides, this Open House attracts 300+ of the finest hot rods from all over! Cool cars, fresh barbeque, and good company is what we’re all about this weekend.

Like all Detroit Speed Open Houses, the crowd starts rolling in early for some good ‘ole southern barbeque that was provided by our friends at Big Tiny’s BBQ here in Mooresville, NC. Throughout the night, Kyle Tucker and company served 650 plates with all proceeds going to the B.R.A.K.E.S. organization by Doug Herbert whose goal is to prevent injuries and save lives by training and educating teenage drivers and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving. When the night closed, the remaining 150 plates that we had was donated to the Mooresville Soup Kitchen to support the community in need. Along with the killer BBQ, many of our partners had donated some goodies for us to raffle off. The giveaways included items from Baer Brakes, Mothers Polish, BFGoodrich Tires, GoPro Motorplex, Vintage Air, Inc., and many more! It was yet another successful night that continues to grow to amazing capacities each year. If you missed it, we hope to see you next year!

Open House may have been over, but the weekend was just beginning. We headed over to Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday morning to continue battling it out at the autocross and checking out the Goodguys show action. One of the big hits today was the DSE-Z on display at our booth. The Z provided many great conversations regarding not only our line of 1982-92 F-Body products, but the car’s entire badassery! Over at the autocross the competition heated up and the BFG Garage was also fully staffed and prepared to help anyone in need as usual. By the end of the day, the win went to Team Speedway’s Robby Unser in their new 1967 Camaro. It was a close battle as Ryan attempted to close the gap coming up second in the Detroit Speed, Inc. C3 Corvette. Not far behind in Pro Class was Mike Johnson in his C3 Corvette in third, Kyle Tucker and his ’70 Camaro in fourth, and Rob MacGregor taking fifth in his C10. The Street Machine class was dominated by Detroit Speed “Equipped” rides as Brian Finch took first in Mark Turner’s Nova and Courtney Cormier followed up in second with his 2nd Gen Camaro that has only been to a total of five events. Now that is a shakedown!

As the weekend prepares to end, it’s All American Sunday where if it’s American, it’ll do! There were plenty of late model muscle cars running the autocross and we even saw a rock crawler take a chance at carving some cones. Sunday also means it’s time for awards and Detroit Speed Inc., had the honor of presenting the 10 Builder’s Choice Awards. Kyle Tucker walked the show Saturday and chose his 10 favorites. He claimed, “I picked 20, then I narrowed it down 15, but it’s just so hard to only pick 10!” In the end, he made the tough decision and came across 10 of the very best rides on display throughout the weekend. It was a great weekend that we always look forward to each year and it seems to just keep getting better!

Congratulations once again to the following winners of Kyle Tucker’s Builder’s Choice:

Tim & Debbie Brown -1970 Pontiac GTO

Ben Uminn - 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

David & Brenda Lurding - 1929 Ford Sedan

Wayne Davis -1955 Chrysler Imperial

Bobby Dunn -1949 Kurtis

Chris Turley - 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Don Houser - 1970 Chevrolet Camaro

Don Fitzgerald -1929 Ford

Bobby Trentham - 1967 Pontiac GTO

Ed Sears - 1941 Ford Truck


The Detroit Speed, Inc. team will head out to Las Vegas now for the SEMA Show and Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Streetcar Invitational. You can catch Detroit Speed at booth #22483, see the 1987 Camaro DSE-Z at booth #20323 (Optima Batteries), and check out Bob Gawlik’s 1967 Chevy II at booth #23395 (HRIA/ARMO). We hope to see you there!

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