DES MOINES, Iowa — The 27th Annual Goodguys Heartland Nationals are up and running with thousands of hot rods and classics. This year the show will include cars as recent as 1987.
The show is spread across the Iowa State Fairgrounds, with no shortage of cars to see. Some parts of the fairgrounds are shaded by trees, which was helpful in Friday’s heat.
In order to get a shaded spot, Phil Welsh of West Des Moines had his 1939 Chevy in line at 1 a.m. waiting for the gates to open around 5:30.
“There were maybe 30 cars in front of us, they got here at midnight or 11 o’clock,” said Welsh. “We knew it would be hot, so we just wanted to find a cool spot, there’s always a nice windy, cool spot and plenty of shade here.”
Greg Peterson of Nevada parked his car in the sun and found shade to sit down and enjoy.
Kirk Stamper, another Nevada resident, teaches collision repair for DMACC. He has five classic cars at home, and has painted some of the cars on display at the show.
“Come and see all the artwork that is with these cars,” said Stamper. They are art, they’re expensive, everybody put time and money into them, so it’s fun to come and see what everybody’s done.”
Goodguys continues on Saturday and Sunday.