Gary Meadors and Marc Meadors of Goodguys

Gary Meadors, left, with son Marc, president and COO of Goodguys. (Image/Hotrod)

Goodguys founder Gary Meadors died Sunday in his home in Arizona. He was 75. Multiple reports said Meadors suffered a heart attack.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn, and sons, Marc and Marty.

There’s been a huge outpouring of condolences for the Meadors family, and kind words for Gary as he was considered every bit the “good guy” his organization is named for. His unexpected passing has been, and will be, felt by many throughout the hot rodding world.

Meadors was Chairman of the Board for the Pleasanton, CA-based Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, which he founded in 1983. Goodguys has grown into the world’s largest hot rodding association, boasting more than 70,000 active members worldwide.

Goodguys events are huge, ranging from two-day events that attract 40,000, to three-day events attended by more than 100,000, which feature hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and other vintage vehicles from 1972 and earlier.

Our friends at Bangshift added a first-person personal touch to the story, and you should read it.

We at OnAllCylinders and throughout the Summit Racing family extend our thoughts and prayers to the Meadors family and their many friends, as well as our deep appreciation for Gary’s vast contributions to this hobby for more than 30 years.

We’re not the first, and won’t be the last, to say it: Godspeed Gary.