One of the largest car shows in the Midwest is underway this Independence Day weekend in Iowa’s largest city. The Good Guys Hot Rod and Custom Car Nationals is bringing several thousand souped-up cars and tens of thousands of people to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Marc Meaders is spokesman for the California-based Good Guys, and he says 3,000 cars will be on display, some of them dating back to the 1930s but shined and gleaming as if they just rolled off the production line. Other events include a swap meet, live entertainment, a for-sale corral, model and pedal cars, fireworks and manufacturers’ exhibits. Meaders says classic car owners will be making a long drive to get to this event. They’re coming from all over the U-S for this show, some from as far away as California. This is the 13th annual Good Guys show in Des Moines and it features a big change. All of the past shows have admitted cars only though 1964, but that cut-off date has been pushed back. Admitted cars can now be as old as 1972, so there’ll be a new batch of cars from 1964 to ’72 and many more people coming to see them. At least 35-thousand people are expected for the show, which runs through Sunday. For more information, call the fairgrounds at (515) 262-3111 or surf to “www.good-guys.com”.
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