Goodguys twenty fourth Summit Racing Nationals kicks off in Columbus

When Phillip Schaeffer left Chillicothe along with his brother on Friday morning, he was a nervous wreck. 

It was the primary day of the Goodguys twenty fourth Summit Racing Nationals in Columbus, and Schaeffer and his youthful brother, 54-year-old Jeff Schaeffer, had been on the town exhibiting off the 1969 Camaro they spent the final 4 years rebuilding. 

Collectively, with the assistance of their eldest brother, 64-year-old John Schaeffer Jr., they had been capable of put collectively a automobile adequate to be proven as a part of the “avenue automobile of the 12 months competitors.”

After 4 years of bonding with each other, lengthy days and nights engaged on the automobile, it was lastly time for someone else to evaluate the automobile. That was what made Phillip, 59,  nervous. 

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“You understand what you consider a automobile however you might be going to search out out what others consider it, and all these automobiles are superior, and it’s to your private style the way you construct a automobile,” Phillip mentioned. “So individuals, are we like-minded or is it not what they appreciated?”

The Schaeffer brothers aren’t the one ones hoping that guests to Goodguys will discover their autos fascinating. Justin Miller, 36, was on the town with Revolution Rod and Customized, an organization from Lansdale, Pennsylvania close to Philadelphia, exhibiting off a 1935 Ford pickup truck. 

The hope is that folks will like what they did to the old-school truck. 

“It isn’t about how a lot cash you will have into it, it is the standard of labor and the job of seeing all people come out and showcase their pleasure and pleasure,” Miller mentioned. 

Constructing the automobile is the onerous half, exhibiting the automobile will get the nerves going, however being on the occasion on Friday, the primary of the three-day car-showing competitors, is only a enjoyable expertise for everybody concerned. 

“That is superior,” Jeff Schaeffer mentioned. “There’s some huge names right here and also you’re identical to, ‘Wow.'”

Lifelong ardour for automobiles brings brothers to Goodguys

The Schaeffer brothers grew up round automobiles. Their father, John Sr., all the time took excellent care of his automobiles, and so did their mom, Margie Schaeffer. 

Jeff discovered all the pieces he is aware of about automobiles from his older brothers, so when Phillip referred to as him at some point and requested him to drive to Indiana after work to choose up a automobile, he did not hesitate. He received in his automobile, grabbed the trailer and went to choose up what, on the time, was a gold Camaro. 

Phillip purchased the automobile for $6,500, however joked that he did not wish to say how a lot work they did on the automobile so his spouse would not get upset. However it was plenty of money and time. Collectively the brothers stripped all the automobile down, gave it an all-black coat of paint,  and 4 years later, there is not a used half in it.

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Their love of automobiles is what drew them to the work, however their bond stored them working collectively. Phillip mentioned they’ve all the time labored nicely collectively so there was by no means an issue, and so they knew early on within the course of they wished to indicate the automobile on the  twenty fourth Summit Racing Nationals. 

“From the beginning that was the imaginative and prescient,” Phillip mentioned. 

Friday was their first journey to the present as contestants. They have been earlier than as spectators, however Friday was totally different. 

Exhibiting a automobile is a particular feeling. 

“We had goosebumps pulling in immediately,” Jeff mentioned. “It is the joy for a present of this caliber. It is an honor simply to be sitting right here.” 

All through the weekend, automobiles will probably be eradicated from competitors little by little till the winners are introduced on Sunday throughout the awards program. Awards will probably be given out to greater than 100 recipients in varied contests comparable to avenue automobile of the 12 months, avenue rod of the 12 months and builder’s alternative. 

Win or lose, although, the expertise of constructing the Camaro as brothers is one thing that the Schaeffers will all the time bear in mind. For them, the automobile is ideal. 

“That’s the humorous factor. All of the automobiles listed here are simply top-notch and I say don’t get your emotions damage should you don’t win as a result of it’s one man’s opinion versus what you want in a automobile versus what the choose sees in a automobile,” Phillip mentioned. 

Many individuals, just like the Schaeffer brothers, drove by way of the rain to indicate their automobiles on Friday and will probably be on the Ohio Expo Heart by way of the weekend. 

Cameron Teague Robinson; Twitter: @cj_teague 

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The Goodguys twenty fourth Summit Racing Nationals will happen Friday by way of Sunday at  the Ohio Expo Heart, Interstate 71 and East seventeenth Avenue. Admission to the occasion is $25 per particular person if older than 13 and $10 for these youthful than 13. For extra info go to

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