With Marc Meadors
Innerview By Darr
A lot of Vintage Drag Racing associations have come and gone in the last few
years, but one that has survived is the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association.
in 1986 by Gary Meadors and located in the East
Bay town of Alamo, California, Goodguys is the
nation's leader in producing and promoting events
for the hot rodding, vintage drag racing and
automotive enthusiast. With approximately 66,000
worldwide members, Goodguys will stage 23 car
shows and five Vintage Drag Racing meets in
Our west coast editor Darr Hawthorne spoke with the Goodguys President prior
to the 45th Annual March Meet to talk about the state of Vintage Drag Racing
the state of Goodguys VRA today?
M: Well, financially
it's not a winner, but our motivation and our
enthusiasm for it is over the top. That's why
we keep on trucking, keep on going on, you know?
We have one big successful March meet and the
rest of the events kind of feed off that. At
the end of the year our accountants come in
and say, "why are you guys doing this? Why do
you do these drag races?" 'Cause we love it;
it makes us different. We have tons of friends
and family that are involved with it and we're
just going to continue on, we feel obligated,
we started it, and we'll just keep going on.
DRO: So is drag racing more your personal part
M: Me personally,
no, it's more my family. My dad has a passion
for it; I have a passion for it, I'm a drag
racer. I have a'69 Camaro that I raced in the
fastest street car stuff. So I a have passion
for drag racing, that's my first love if you
will, and it gives our company flavor, it gives
our Goodguys magazine flavor, gives us a different
spin. We're not just a car show, sitting back
in lawn chairs "looking at cars" kind of guys.
We like to go fast we like to go to the NHRA
Drags, so we're enthusiasts.
DRO: On the competition side, there seem to
be fewer Top Fuel teams as in the last few years,
is Goodguys VRA in good health today?
M: Yeah, it's
in good health, from the economy, it's really
hard to say why there is a decrease in cars.
You see a lot of guys come out to the reunions,
you see 23, 24 cars. Then you see our March
meet and we get 20 or 22 cars, but then as the
events go on and the events aren't as popular
or as well attended, those car counts fall off
and I think part of it's the economy. The cost
of racing is tremendous, you know, you're not
racing for the payout, although we've increased
our payout, our whole Top Fuel purse is up by
200 to 300 percent. So we're paying the money,
we're giving them ink, we're giving them top
trophies, we give them championship points and
championship money and and we do a big banquet
at the end of the March meet to award the champions.
So I think we're doing everything we possibly