Once again, the beautiful state fairgrounds in the state capital of Raleigh, North Carolina, played host to the Goodguys North Carolina Nationals. Only in its fourth year, this event is quickly earning its spot on the Goodguys show schedule as one of the coolest stops of the year.
With its agricultural setting on the fairgrounds, the show is a nice change of pace from your traditional parking lot and racetrack shows. Of course, on top of all that, the event draws out some of the nicest cars in the south for everyone to see, making it a must-attend event on our show calendar each year. We, of course, were on location with camera in hand to check out all the Goodguys action. From all those shots, we narrowed the show down to our five favorite Fords from this year’s event…
5. Sleek & Simple Falcon Futura
Daniel Williams’ 1965 Falcon Futura is sleek and sinister. With all the trim blacked out, there is not a lot of flash here like some of the cars at Goodguys, but this one still draws plenty of attention. A set of black steel wheels, a simple interior and a period-correct 289, all look right at home. It offers a nice mix of simple that proves you do not need all the flash and chrome to get noticed. Good job, Daniel.
4. Autocross Ford Ranger
The autocross competition is one of the highlights of every Goodguys show and always draws out some awesome machines. From company-built rocket ships to backyard builds, it draws a little of everything. Jonathan Graham’s 1986 Ford Ranger falls in the latter of those two categories. With some custom fender flares, air dam and other pieces, this Ranger is definitely one of a kind. There is some serious suspension work under this Ford truck and from the looks of it on the autocross track, it works.
3. 1970 Boss 302
In a show field full of some of the nicest customs in the country, we still stopped dead in our tracks after spotting this all-original, 1970 Boss 302. One of only 7,013 such examples produced in that year and one of just 505 in red, this is a rare Mustang in any condition. This particular example belongs to Mike Jones of Jacksonville, North Carolina, and it appears in 100-percent-correct factory condition right down to all the original markings and tags under the hood.
2. Modular-Swap Galaxie
Over the past six months or so we have shown you several early ’60s Ford muscle cars in our top-five lists, but most of them have been pretty stock. At Goodguys in North Carolina we ran across one that was far from stock and definitely one of the coolest rides on the property.
Brandon Freeman’s 1964 Galaxie 500 was featured in the Builder’s Choice Top 10 area, which is obviously reserved for the best of the best, on Saturday. Sitting on a set of Budnick wheels and a modified, stock-style suspension featuring Ford Crown Vic goodies up front, Brandon’s Galaxie would look at home sitting just about anywhere. Its engine bay is filled by a naturally aspirated Four-Valve 4.6 liter engine giving this classic a modern touch of style and driveability.
1. Coyote-Swap 1972 F100
Geoff Beale’s 1972 F100 is one special truck. This thing is custom from headlights to tailgate and everything in between. It should come as no surprise that we found this beauty on Saturday in the Goodguys Trick Truck Corral. Powered by a 2015 Coyote 5.0-liter engine under the hood, it rides on Crown Vic suspension up front and a Lincoln independent suspension out back. The body rails and lines were worked and smoothed to make this truck more appealing to the eyes and appealing it is. Geoff’s truck is a beautiful piece of work.
Bummed you missed out on all the Goodguys fun? Do not worry, the next one is just around the corner, May 11-12 in Nashville, Tennessee. Click here to see the entire 2018 Goodguys event schedule.