One of the biggest classic auto shows in the Pacific Northwest opens this Friday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. The Goodguys 13th Great Northwest Nationals is an indoor/outdoor event showcasing hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks born through 1972. On All-American Sunday, American-made and/or powered vehicles of all years are welcome. Awards will be presented on Sunday, including the Goodguys Builder’s Choice awards, which will be selected by 2014 Ridler-winning builder JF Launier (his Ridler-award 1964 Buick Riviera will be on display at the show).
The Great Northwest Nationals also hosts a swap meet, where you’ll find everything under the automotive sun from gauges to tires and wheels, vehicle frames to fenders, shop signs to vintage automotive toys, and more. At the AutoTrader Classics Cars 4 Sale Corral, you can even purchase a car or truck that is ready to cruise or restore.
This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids. There is free entertainment just for them: Revell model car make-and-take, PPG kids coloring contest, and clowns. Live music by Nostalgia Entertainment will play throughout the weekend. You can also shop for arts and crafts at the “Goodgals” arts and craft gallery.
To kick off the weekend, there is a Thursday night hot rod cruise that leaves from the Fair and Expo Center, and Friday night you can come to the TGIF party at 6 p.m. in the Mirabeau Park Hotel parking lot. Show hours are Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. General admission is $15.00, kids’ admission (ages 7–12) is $6.00, and kids ages 6 and under are free. Active or retired military personnel with ID receive $5 off general admission. Parking is free.