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Sign of the Times: Goodguys Raises the Cutoff Year for its 2018 Events

What is a classic car? What age makes a car a true classic?

For a time, the authorities at Goodguys Rod & Custom considered anything from 1972 and earlier to be a classic—or at least that was the requirement to get into one of its renowned Goodguys events. However, the times (or years) are changing for the 2018 Goodguys calendar of events.

The association has announced they have raised the cutoff year to participate in its events to 1987.

The move opens the doors to early Fox-bodies, third-gen. Camaros, and Squarebody trucks. It’s a move that may torque off some of the old-school, die-hard rodders, but it also opens the door to a new generation of gearheads.

What are your thoughts? Good move? Bad move?

Check out Fuel Curve’s article on the news for more details on why it might a good thing.


  1. Good idea. Good to have younger people be interested and bring their modern skills to the table. Its a win/win. Just say no to PT Cruisers!

  2. Finally can bring my 75 Hang 10 Dart to a show.

  3. I think it’s a good idea, means my 85′ Camaro is a relic like me, I mean a Classic…lol

  4. That mid 80’s Fox body Mustang was the car to have when I was in high school. I love the classic 60’s Mustang just as much as the next gearhead, but maybe it’s time to acknowledge those Fox bodies as classics in their own right.

  5. Jeff Pitman says:

    Great idea, now my kids and there friends can identify with the cars like their own,not museum relics, The real battle will be over Taylor Swift not the Beach Boys on the PA, Touch football,and healthy food vs Bear claws,greasy burgers and lawn chairs! The key to this whole thing is to embrace the new generation to the hobby with out them were just a bunch of sentimental old farts trying to relive bygone days


  6. They are leaving out 88 rwd’s like Monte, Olds, Gran Prix, Buick’s
    Same as 87’s
    I know 88 was the year of fwd , but there were still a lot of rwd

  7. Its a good idea. I own a 1983 foxbody since I can’t afford an old school hot rod.

  8. I’M not for it. Just like nsra what’s it stand for. National street rod assoc.
    Not mustang meet.
    Look there are plenty of shows to go to.
    All it comes down to is how much money can they make.
    Last time I looked it said rod and custom on the back of a good guys shirt.
    Next it will be you buy it out of a showroom and take it to win awards.
    SSR HHR Corvettes how about new dodges.
    Bring a Porsche. Yeah that would be a great show.

  9. I say it’s a great idea. The 72 cut off told a lot of younger like minded car guys without the bank account to get a 70 SS Chevelle or 32 Ford roadster that their car is not welcome. So they often chose to skip the show. With the later cars the autocross should have more participants as well.

  10. Scott Dankbar says:

    Not a fan. It will get more crowded with cars you see all the time. Seems like Goodguys is only interested in the Money.

  11. DENNIS Battles says:

    I’m old-school pre-46 or nothing that’s what real street rods are

  12. I think it is s good idea I started going to rod runs in 1974 and then my 1955 chev was acceptable and my 39 chev a year later was acceptable too pre 48 events,so at that time my 55 was 19 years old and the 39 was 35 so think a bout it a 1977 chev truck is today 41 years old possibly 20 years older than 20 years older than its driver so in reality it is a very old vehicle so if we want young blood we have to move the age Thank You a old roddrunner

  13. What about the streetrods that are built using completely NEW or AFTERMARKET parts from the frame to steel body panels to original looking headlights and then somehow getting an “original” title assigned to it ? These cars pop up every day and the public is expected to accept the car as an original and eventually a future buyer will be duped into buying ? ? ?

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