Jul
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2022 Goodguys Heartland Nationals

1963 Ford Country Squire wagon

So much has changed in American culture over the past decade or so, but there’s at least one time-honored tradition that appears to be holding on just fine: the classic car show. From low-key summertime cruise nights to high-profile concours gatherings, people young and old love to get together and enjoy special-interest vehicles of all stripes. And some car shows, such as those produced by the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, get big—really big. Goodguys bills itself as “America’s Favorite Car Show,” and every year the company produces an ambitious nationwide schedule of large-scale car shows that take over fairgrounds-sized venues. The events are two- or three-day extravaganzas that typically attract 3500 to 6500 vehicles and 35,000 to 100,000 spectators per show. Put on your walking shoes!

Starting with the 2022 show season, Goodguys has expanded its definition of a “vintage” vehicle—in place of the organization’s previous 1987-model-year-and-older cutoff line, a 25-year rolling eligibility requirement has been adopted. So, for this year’s shows, anything from 1997 and earlier is welcome (and Goodguys “Nationals” shows feature All-American Sundays, where all years of American-made or powered vehicles are eligible to join in).

It’s an annual tradition of ours to attend the Goodguys Heartland Nationals at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA. As its name makes clear, the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association caters primarily to modified-car enthusiasts, but Goodguys shows usually attract plenty of interesting factory-stock (or at least close to factory-stock) vehicles as well. Since we at Consumer Guide are under the same roof as Collectible Automobile magazine, we sought out unmodified (or close to unmodified) vehicles for this gallery. Here, in no particular order, are a few of the vehicles we spotted at this year’s show… check ‘em out. And, you can peruse our classic-car galleries from previous Heartland Nationals shows here.

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Captivating Classics at the 2022 Goodguys Heartland Nationals

 

1941 Oldsmobile Dynamic Cruiser

1941 Oldsmobile fastback

1941 Oldsmobile Dynamic Cruiser

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1954 Nash Metropolitan

(updated with later-model Metropolitan trim during restoration)

1954 Nash Metropolitan

1954 Nash Metropolitan

 

1989 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wagon

Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wagon

1989 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wagon

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1975 Chevrolet Camaro LT

1975 Chevrolet Camaro LT

1975 Chevrolet Camaro LT

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1953 Pontiac Chieftain

1953 Pontiac

1953 Pontiac Chieftain

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1963 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova

1963 Chevrolet Nova

1963 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova

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1987 Mitsubishi Conquest TSI

1987 Mitsubishi Conquest TSI

1987 Mitsubishi Conquest TSI

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1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser

1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass wagon

1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser

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1983 Buick Riviera convertible

 1983 Buick Riviera convertible

1983 Buick Riviera convertible

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1930 Lincoln L

1930 Lincoln L

1930 Lincoln L

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1961 Dodge Dart Pioneer

1961 Dodge Dart

1961 Dodge Dart Pioneer

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1957 MG MGA

1957 MG-A

1957 MG MGA

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1965 Ford Fairlane 500

1965 Ford Fairlane

1965 Ford Fairlane 500

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1971 Cadillac Calais

Cadillac

1971 Cadillac Calais

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1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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1933 Ford DeLuxe Phaeton

1933 Ford Phaeton

1933 Ford DeLuxe Phaeton

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1968 Dodge Polara

1968 Dodge Polara

1968 Dodge Polara

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1915 Buick Touring

1915 Buick

1915 Buick Touring

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1969 Plymouth Road Runner

1969 Plymouth Road Runner

1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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1963 Ford Country Squire

1963 Ford Country Squire wagon

1963 Ford Country Squire

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1947 Cadillac 75 S Fleetwood

1947 Cadillac 75 S Fleetwood

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1972 Buick Estate Wagon

1972 Buick Estate Wagon

1972 Buick Estate Wagon

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 2022 Goodguys Heartland Nationals Gallery

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