bretvEvery year at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association shows held all across the country, one particular event has been gaining steam and growing in popularity – for participants and spectators alike. The event is the autocross, and it began in 2006 when Ridetech founder Bret Voelkel decided to get up from his lawn chair and bring an exciting new twist to the show and shine curriculum.

With his “Street Challenge” AutoCross program, complete with timing equipment, the Goodguys Nashville Nationals is where it all started, and Voelkel has been a regular ever since. He competes in events all over the country, and also competes in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI).

Goodguys_AutoCrossAlthough Voelkel is among the upper echelon with regards to competing, it doesn’t limit participation to only those who can keep up with him. Anyone who enters a car at a Goodguys event is entitled to participate in the autocross for free. There are some basic rules, though, and that includes that your vehicle must pass a basic safety inspection.

The rules are straightforward and simple to follow: DOT tires with 200 treadwear minimum, seatbelts, and you. Depending on the venue, the year range can vary, but there are a few classes you can participate in, from novice to pro, cars and trucks from early iron to modern muscle.

AutoCross Classes

Street Machine – 1955 to 1972 (1955 and newer at Pleasanton Get-Together).

Hot Rod – 1954 and older, no trucks or panel/delivery vans.

Trucks – 1972 and older (all years at Pleasanton Get-Together).

All American Late Model – American made or American-powered 1973 and newer cars and trucks at All American Nationals events in Florida, Indianapolis, and West Springfield. Other national events with 1972 cutoff will run on Sunday only.

PRO Class – if you have to ask, you’re not in this class – you’ll already know!

If you want to find out more information about the Goodguys AutoCross program, to participate or to watch, check out the Goodguys AutoCross page and get involved!