Celebrate Independence Day Weekend with Goodguys in the Heartland

Goodguys will bring the Good Times to the Heartland on July 1-3 with the 31st Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals presented by BASF hosted at the beautiful Iowa State Fairgrounds. Come on out and celebrate the 4th of July weekend with some of the coolest pre-97 American-made Hot Rods, Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Classic Trucks, and Custom cars in the country!

In addition to the over 5,000 show cars on the grounds, enjoy a Saturday night fireworks display that will light up the sky, sit back and relax under a shade tree and listen to some live music, interact with industry manufactures in the spacious indoor & outdoor vendor midways, take a stroll through the Goodguys Gallery showcasing hand-made arts & crafts from local vendors, find automotive treasures in the Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral, and ignite your senses at the Nitro Thunderfest sessions, Burnout Competition, and Goodguys CPP AutoCross racing. And don’t forget about the all-weekend cruising lane that is a hit attraction at the Heartland Nationals!


There will also be a Watermelon eating contest, a fun showcase of RC cars and trucks, the miniature train museum will be open, a model car show that will also host the Auto World ‘Make & Take’ free model car program for the kids in attendance, a fun kids zone, and Sunday’s church service.

Over 100 awards will be presented including finalists for all five regionally-selected Meguiar’s Top 12 categories (Custom Rod, Muscle Car, Muscle Machine, Truck Early, and Truck Late) and Roger Burman with Lakeside Rods & Rides will be selecting his Top 10 Builders Choice picks. The Goodguys Media team will also be scouring the grounds looking for one vehicle to award the Goodguys Feature Pick to which will get a 3-page feature in the Goodguys Gazette. And for you late model guys & gals All American Sunday will welcome all years of American-made or American-powered vehicles into the show on Sunday with another batch of Sunday-specific awards.

It is safe to say that this 2022 event may be a record-breaking one in Des Moines from the pre-registration numbers. And for the past three years the Heartland Nationals has been nipping at the heels of Columbus…could this be the year Des Moines draws a larger turnout? Be there to find out!

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A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.