Goodguys Colorado Nationals

A few weeks ago, my wife and I attended the Goodguys 17th Colorado Nationals in Loveland.  The Goodguys event was a great opportunity for us take pictures for our Muscle Car Spotter app.

If you’re like me and you went to school in Fort Collins ten years ago (Don’t let my boyish good looks fool you ;)), then you probably think of Loveland as “that place with the outlet mall just south of Fort Collins.”  If that’s so, you would be surprised by the size and scope of their Events Center, which I hadn’t realized even existed, let alone was a massive complex surrounded by more hotels than Denver International Airport.

Anyway, I haven’t shared anything on this blog in a while, so I thought I’d show you a few of the pictures we took in the course of gathering data for the Muscle Car Spotter app.  Enjoy!

1971 AMC Hornet SC360

This AMC Hornet SC360 was parked outside the show, for some reason.  I included it not just because it was a powerfully bitchin’ four-speed car, in beautiful green, and so rare that I may never see another, but also so I could show you the cool AMC-Hornet badge from the trunk lip:


Next I have more engine porn: a 1.1L Triumph four-cylinder engine, as installed in an Amphicar.  At 43 horsepower, it isn’t exactly a Max Wedge, but I love clean engine compartments and this was a beauty:

1143cc Amphicar Engine

The Goodguys show was actually a surprisingly good place for fans of AMC iron.  I had to include the red-white-and-blue-plus-wood interior of this 1970 AMC AMX.  Could you imagine an interior this lively in a new car today?

1970 AMC AMX interior

This was a hot rod Volvo P1800.  I don’t know if it was set up for autocross or just a street machine — the autocross track was near where it was parked — but I thought it was cool so I took a picture.  I always thought P1800s were neat, and they’re super-reliable besides.

Volvo P1800


For some reason, I was smitten with this Ford LTD coupe.  Don’t tell my Olds club, but I’ve been into Ford styling lately.  I also need to find out what this style of wheel is called — they have a little more flash than plain steelies but they still have a pretty cool blue-collar vibe.

1971 Ford LTD

Well, that’s all for today.  If you’re interested in classic American cars, have a look at Goodguys and see if they’ve got a show coming near you.  And, check in here soon for more fun pictures and tales of our adventures!

-Eric out

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