Weekend Rewind! 1st Meguiar’s All-Star Get-Together

Goodguys returned to Fort Worth this weekend and brought three days of All-American automotive fun to Texas Motor Speedway with the first-ever Meguiar’s All-Star Get-Together! This all-new event combined the expanded features of a Goodguys National happening with the inclusion of all years of American-made and American-powered vehicles, which proved to be a perfect combination for a three-day weekend of early-summer fun in the Lone Star State!

The event served as a kickoff to Texas Motor Speedway’s 10 Days of Speed – a week of auto-related events leading up to the NASCAR All-Star Race next weekend at TMS. Enthusiasts in this area are always ready for some high-octane fun and showed their spirit by showing up in force on Friday, filling the TMS infield with all kinds of great iron – from vintage street rods, to late-model trucks and muscle machines. It was an ideal Friday for taking the day off of work and coming to hang out with all your car and truck friends!

Even better was the epic TGIF party hosted at Murray Kustom Rods on Friday night! Heath Murray and his crew pulled out all the stops for this fun-filled bash, bringing veteran blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan and his band in to play a show, offering shop tours, and hosting a lineup of food trucks for some tasty grub. Add in a couple hundred cool rods and customs, and it was a perfect Friday night hot rod bash, Texas style!

The Texas skies threw us a few curveballs on Saturday, but those who braved the morning showers were rewarded with an afternoon of cool-cruisin’ good times. The Goodguys team took it upon themselves to select the weekend’s Top 10, a lineup that we think would make any of our regular Builder’s Choice selectors proud.

We also made some Of The Year selections, as well, which included Larry Roebuck’s ’72 Olds 442 earning a Billet Specialties Muscle Car of the Year finalist pick and two Chevrolet Performance Builder of the Year finalists. Hammer Fab claimed the GM Iron spot with a LS3-powered ’66 GMC C10, while Riggs Fabrication earned the GM Retro Iron spot with a 401ci Buick Nailhead sitting between the rails of a ’29 Ford Model AA Pickup.

The on-site Goodguys media members made their two feature picks this weekend with Vance Cryer’s homebuilt ’46 Ford getting the Goodguys Feature Pick and Bob Ward’s ’90 Chevy CK 454SS pickup from Hill’s Hot Rods driving off with the Fuel Curve Pick. You’ll see more on both of these rides when the September 2021 issue of the Goodguys Gazette hits mailboxes and newsstands.

The weekend excitement spilled onto the Goodguys CPP AutoCross track, where a great selection of late-model machines took full advantage of being able to run all three days alongside the vintage iron. The action was intense, as we’ve come to expect in Texas. When it was all said and done, Mike Alstrom doubled-up in the PRO-X class with the overall quickest class time as well as winning the American AutoCross Shootout sponsored by Speedway Motors, Bill Graves Sr. did the same in the Forgeline Street Machine class as well as Rob MacGregor in the LMC Truck category. Jared Cash also found the winners circle this weekend with the quickest time in the FiTech Challenger class.

For the second time in Goodguys AutoCross history electric-powered reigned supreme on Sunday when Marty Clarke’s Tesla dominated the day with the Wilwood Disc Brakes All American Sunday class win and the 8-car Sunday Shootout victory.

If anyone forgot that Texas is truck country, the Ultimate Truck Marketplace was sure to set them straight. Goodguys worked with Total Truck Centers to bring a full array of truck-focused vendors and product displays to the TMS cup garage. If you had even the slightest interest in finding the coolest new gear for your daily truck, tow rig, or custom late model, you could check it out here.

If all of that wasn’t enough, we had all the attractions of a regular Goodguys National event weekend in Texas. There was a huge swap meet, multiple hits of Nitro Thunderfest dragsters firing off, rides around the high-banked TMS oval with Team Texas, a great selection of vendor displays, plus the laid-back enjoyment of checking out a massive selection of cool rides and catching up with old friends. It might have been a first-time event, but the Meguiar’s All-Star Get-Together weekend sure felt like a familiar Goodguys favorite to hot rod fans in Texas!

Photos by Steven Bunker & Todd Ryden

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.