Among the seemingly countless tragedies and hardships that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon the world this year, the upending of the normal American summertime car-show season ranks relatively low on the list. Still, it hurts to have so many car shows, car races, cruise nights, and other automotive gatherings either cancelled outright or postponed.
However, some auto-enthusiast organizations, such as the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, are finding ways to adapt to the new reality, and are moving forward to produce events with safety and social-distancing precautions in place. It’s a summer tradition of ours to attend the Goodguys Heartland Nationals at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, so we grabbed our face mask and a pocket-size bottle of hand sanitizer and headed out to the show.
This year’s edition was the 29th annual, and though the overall car count was down as expected, the event still drew in more than 3800 registered show vehicles, according to Goodguys—that’s more than anybody can realistically take in over the course of a couple days.
Though Goodguys caters primarily to hot rod and custom-car enthusiasts, there are plenty of factory-stock (or at least close to factory-stock) vintage vehicles that show up every year. The definition of “vintage” that Goodguys uses is a 1987-model-year or earlier vehicle (yep… 1987 was 33 years ago).
Here, in completely random order, are a few of the vehicles that caught our eye at this year’s show… have a look!
Classic Cars at the 2020 Goodguys Heartland Nationals
1972 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1940 Ford DeLuxe Convertible
1962 Buick LeSabre
1964 Ford Thunderbird
1936 Chevrolet Standard
1967 Shelby GT500 (unrestored survivor)
1976 Ford LTD station wagon
1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1979 Ford Mustang Indy Pace Car Replica
1985 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
1952 Dodge M-37 truck
1971 Ford Torino
1963 Chevrolet Chevy II
1972 Volkswagen Westfalia camper van
1987 Buick Regal T-Type
1976 Oldsmobile Toronado
1969 Ford Torino Talladega
1979 Chrysler LeBaron coupe
1953 Chevrolet station wagon
1964 Buick Wildcat
1979 Ford F100 Custom
1969 Imperial LeBaron
1955 MG TF 1500
1974 Chevrolet El Camino
1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT
1972 Dodge Polara station wagon
1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
1962 Ford Galaxie 500
2020 Goodguys Heartland Nationals