Event Recap: 20th Annual PPG Nationals

RideTech Nation had a big impact in Columbus with three in-house cars competing in the Sponsor Shootout representing Optima Batteries, Forgeline and Turnology.com. Chris “Smitty” Smith and the Track 1-equipped 48 Hour Corvette taking second place in the extremely competitive Pro class at the Goodguys autocross competition in Columbus, Ohio last weekend. Chris and RideTech engineer Britt Marolf have been finding great gains with the calibration refinements on the Instinct Electronic Shock program. Chris commented: “this car is getting really fun to drive … the grip is just insane! By the time we take this thing to the Barrett Jackson auction in January, someone will be getting the fastest Corvette in the country!”

Goodguys Autocross Pro Class Finishing Order:

  1. Ryan Matthews – 72 Corvette: 59.694
  2. Chris Smith – 72 Corvette: 59.838   RideTech Instinct Shock-equipped
  3. Robby Unser – 67 Camaro: 60.014
  4. Danny Popp – 72 Corvette: 60.015
  5. Josh Leisinger – 64 Corvette: 60.300  RideTech TQ Series Shock-equipped
  6. Jared Leisinger – 64 Corvette: 60.794  RideTech TQ Series Shock-equipped
  7. Al Unser Jr. – 70 Camaro: 60.900
  8. Kyle Tucker – 70 Camaro: 61.232
  9. Rob McGreagor – 69 C10: 61.793  RideTech TQ Series Shock-equipped
  10. Mike King – 67 Corvette: 63.257  RideTech TQ Series Shock-equipped

An added feature to the Columbus event was the Autocross Sponsor Shootout. Each of the Goodguys autocross sponsors invited a top competitor to represent their company in a 16-car shootout. Chris and the 48 Hour Corvette were again at the top of the highly competitive field, running against perennial favorite Danny Popp in the final round. In the end, Danny prevailed over Chris for the win … congratulations to Danny and JRI Shocks for their shootout win!

18 Year Old Andy Voelkel competed in his first ever PPG Nationals Autocross in the HQ-Series Coil-over-equipped Buick GSX. With well over 100 cars competing,  the pressure was on. Andy answered the call making numerous clean runs while dropping his times in the Sponsor Shootout.

Back on the show field Goodguys awarded their Street Machine of the Year and Street Rod of the Year winners on Saturday with the Roadster Shop taking SMOY Honors.  Alan Johnson of Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop built  an extraordinary 32 Ford Tudor with a perfect roof chop, countless subtle mods and a gorgeous set of Vintage Indy car style wheels. The Black Beauty won Street Rod of the Year Honors. George Poteet owns the car. Congratulations to all for their efforts and commitment to our great hobby.

George Poteet’s 1932 Ford Tudor won Street Rod of the Year.  Built by Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop, the stunning hot rod features our Hot Rod Shocks.

Learn More:

Instinct Electronic Shocks

Track 1 Competition-Ready Suspension

Polished Hot Rod Shocks

HQ-Series Coil-Overs

Goodguys PPG Nationals “Weekend Rewind” Report

Goodguys Best New Products Award Report

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