Friday First Look! 16th BASF Nashville Nationals presented by BluePrint Engines

Goodguys is rockin’ in Nashville this weekend with the 16th BASF Nashville Nationals presented by BluePrint Engines. The excitement for the weekend is turned all the way up Goodguys rolled into a new venue for the 2022 event, the Nashville Superspeedway just up the road in Lebanon, TN, and it’s already proving to be a welcomed change by both participants and spectators.

Headlining the weekend’s activities is the 2022 Tanks, Inc. Hot Rod of the Year competition – one of the most exciting, and challenging, Goodguys Top 12 Honors to capture. Over 20 Hot Rods entered the competition this year and embarked on the 150-plus mile reliability run organized by Ben Smithson that made stops at Streetside Classics, Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage who provided lunch for the group, and Music City Raceway for burnouts and 1/8-mile passes down the racetrack before heading back to Nashville Superspeedway.


There was plenty happening at the event today as well with a sea of color and chrome sprawling the show field, manufactures packed in the vendor midway showcasing their latest goods, a jammin’ swap meet and cars 4 sale corral, and of course the Goodguys CPP AutoCross series hitting the track – and it’s a FUN track that’s unlike anything seen at a Goodguys event before utilizing the infield road race track and jumping up onto the Nashville Superspeedway oval for a brief stretch.

We’re shaping up for even more tomorrow with the Bring a Trailer Alumni Reunion, the Team Witt Music City Mayhem AutoCross Shootout, live music, fun kids activities, and more that concludes with a track cruise around the Nashville Superspeedway D-shaped oval – a first for these Nashville participants!

Here’s a look at some of the opening day vehicles & event scenes that caught our attention. For more throughout the weekend keep posted to the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association social media pages and check back Sunday for the full Weekend Rewind that will include the winner of the 2022 Tanks, Inc. Hot Rod of the Year title!

Photos by Damon Lee, Todd Ryden, Jason Lubken, and Terry Lysak

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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.