The Goodguys Nashville Nationals is gaining a lot of notoriety in the hot rod and custom world. It's in a central location, and it's hard to beat Nashville, Tennessee as a host city--tons of cool stuff to see, and there is plenty of room at Nissan Stadium. We jumped at the chance to get an inside look at the event, even though we were not set up as a vendor. Coker Tire sponsors the "Best Wide Whites" award, and we've been involved with Goodguys as sponsors for many years, so it's always good to see the event first hand and see how many folks are using our products. We certainly got our answer, regarding the amount of Coker Tire users, and we're going to share a small sampling of them here. There were high end show cars wearing our tires, including the winner of the Goodguys Hot Rod of the Year award. [products] By the way, the association changed its Hot Rod of the Year competition to the Goodguys Nashville Nationals this year, and it was awesome! The cars in the competition were required to do a 100-mile cruise, drag race the cars at Music City Raceway, and attend a few other checkpoints to be eligible. The 2016 Hot Rod of the Year winner was Brian George and his 1931 Ford Model A roadster blew everyone's minds with a beautifully detailed Ardun-headed and supercharged Flathead and subtle body modifications that set it apart from all of the other early Ford entries. Other notable Hot Rod of the Year entries were a couple of killer creations from Hilton Hot Rods, a new Jason Graham build and a wickedly chopped '34 Ford five-window coupe, built by JoKerr Fabrication. Of course, they were all rolling on Coker Tire products. There's no doubt that the tire of choice for this type of traditional hot rod is the Firestone Deluxe Champion, but we also saw several Dirt Track tires, Excelsior Stahl Sport Radial tires--it's important to note that nearly all of the cars had blackwall tires and steel wheels for the sinister hot rod look. Check out our favorites from the 11th annual Goodguys Nashville Nationals and find your favorite! [caption id="attachment_7619" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals Brian George won the Hot Rod of the Year Award at the Goodguys Nashville Nationals with his awesome 1931 Ford Model A roadster. It's rolling on Firestone Deluxe Champion and black steel wheels--a perfect combination for a traditional hot rod.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7620" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals The lineup for the Hot Rod of the Year competition was stellar and the field was packed with Coker Tire products. To be eligible for the award, the car and driver must perform a 100 mile cruise, and even participate in a drag racing competition to prove that they are not just show cars.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7617" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals This '32 Ford highboy roadster uses subtle tones and textures for a cool look. Check out those Excelsior Stahl Sport Radial tires and Rocket Solid wheels![/caption] [caption id="attachment_7623" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals Even though most of the tire isn't visible, we assure you these are Coker whitewalls! We absolutely love the looks of this slammed Nash Rambler Convertible Landau--it was hard to miss with bright red paint and the top laid back.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7635" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals Bobby Alloway is a fellow Tennessee boy and has a thing for building bad black hot rods. This beautiful Cadillac was sitting outside his booth, and sits on a set of Coker Classic whitewall radial tires. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_7622" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals There's nothing like a set of flames to ignite a fire in the hearts of hot rodders. This heavily chopped Model A coupe is an awesome example of a simple and clean hot rod, and of course, it's rolling on Firestones and steelies. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_7636" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals Offering period correct styling for a 1950's hot rod, this Model A roadster features a well detailed Flathead, wide-five wheels and Firestone whitewall tires. This thing is just too cool![/caption] [caption id="attachment_7639" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals The Goodguys Nashville Nationals isn't just about period correct hot covers a huge variety of cars, including muscle cars, like this '66 Chevelle 300 Deluxe. This car is the ultimate sleeper, with a two-door post body style, body-color steel wheels and horsepower from a big block Chevy. Those are BFGoodrich Redline radials sized at 215/70R15 (front) and 235/70R15 (rear) in case you were wondering![/caption] [caption id="attachment_7618" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals Alright back to the hot rods! This roadster pickup is a super clean build that makes great use of our Firestone Dirt Track tires and Hot Rod Steel wheels.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7629" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals This 1940 Ford Tudor is a picture perfect example of a '60's style hot rod. Wide whitewalls, full caps, low stance, no hood and a white firewall...all good stuff![/caption] [caption id="attachment_7632" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals Sometimes all it takes is an altitude adjustment on an American Classic to make it really stand out. This C1 Corvette is a shining example with a slightly hunkered down stance, and a set of stock style BFGoodrich bias ply whitewall tires, and stock caps.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7624" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals Chrome Smoothie wheels and wide whitewall tires finish off the wild look for this International pickup. This thing sits just right![/caption] [caption id="attachment_7630" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals It's hard for us to walk past a beautifully restored Corvette without snapping a picture, especially when it's rolling on our BFGoodrich gold line radial tires. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_7628" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals Slammed mid-60s Cadillac + Coker Classic wide whites = Perfection![/caption] [caption id="attachment_7642" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals This root beer colored hot rod is chopped, channeled, and stretched. The finishing touch was a set of our Excelsior Stahl Sport Radial tires. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_7638" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals Body color Mopar Standard wheels and dog dish caps wrapped in Redline radials from Coker Tire are the perfect fit for a rare Mopar. This 1968 Dodge Super Bee is Hemi powered and it's one of about 125 built. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_7615" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals JoKerr Fabrication built this killer 1934 Ford five-window coupe, owned by Marty and Phyllis Bachand. Power comes from a traditionally dressed Buick Nailhead, while a cool combo of Firestone Dirt Track tires and Rocket Solid As Cast wheels even more race-inspired flavor. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_7616" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals Bob Gratton is the proud owner of this Model A coupe. Hilton Hot Rods built it, using '32 Ford frame rails, a blown Nailhead engine, and of course, Firestone Deluxe Champion blackwall tires![/caption] [caption id="attachment_7637" align="alignleft" width="780"]Goodguys Nashville Nationals We've seen this radically customized Volkswagen Beetle at the Chattanooga Cruise In several's a super cool creation! It has a turbocharged VW engine IN THE FRONT! Oh yeah, it also has a set of Firestone Cheater Slicks and Rocket wheels. [/caption] Keep scrolling to check out more of our Coker Tire-equipped favorites from the 11th annual Goodguys Nashville Nationals! Goodguys Nashville Nationals Goodguys Nashville Nationals Goodguys Nashville Nationals Goodguys Nashville Nationals Goodguys Nashville Nationals Goodguys Nashville Nationals Goodguys Nashville Nationals Goodguys Nashville Nationals Goodguys Nashville Nationals