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Old 12-28-2015, 10:12 AM   #1
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This industry lost a pioneer yesterday. Gary Meadors, the Founder and Chairman of Goodguys passed away yesterday morning, at the age of 75. He was home in Arizona when he suffered a massive heart attack and died. Gary and his wife Marilyn had been to Woody's Hot Rodz many times over the years as they crisscrossed the country on Goodguys tours. He was a good friend and will be missed by us all. He was truly a Good Guy that helped keep hot rodding fun and helped change the format of the typical car show to what it is today. Our thoughts are with his family.



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Sad news. Pray for healing for his family. He will be missed.
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Sad news. I did not know Gary well, but he always had time to stop and chat. RIP.
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Very sad news, we met Gary when he came to the Americarna event here in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
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I just received this obituary notice, what great life Gary had and look how he has managed to touch us all with his shows and support of the hobby




Gary Meadors, founder and chairman of the Goodguys Rod & Custom

Association, died Sunday of natural causes. He was 76.

Driven by his passion for family, hot rods, cool cars and good people, Meadors touched the lives

of millions of car enthusiasts with his vision and enthusiasm for all things automotive. With his

high school sweetheart and wife of over 50 years Marilyn riding shotgun, Meadors founded

Goodguys in 1983 in Northern California then branched out to stage a national series of hot rod

and custom car events beginning in 1987. What started as a passion-based idea blossomed into

one of America’s premier automotive event production companies in Goodguys. Today,

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has a worldwide membership of over 70,000 people, and

promotes 21 hot rod and custom car events that attract millions of visitors each year. The

Goodguys Gazette, the official magazine of Goodguys was first published by Meadors in 1989.

A son of a farmer, Gary grew up in California’s Central Valley in the tiny town of Dinuba. It was

there he discovered his love of custom cars, tricking out his first rod; a 1947 Plymouth when he

was just 16 years old. The first requirement was that it sit way down low – a Meadors calling

card. To get it to sit just right, he “cut the coils” removing a few inches from the factory coil

suspension springs – a common practice in 1950e era hot rodding. It was the very first in a long

line of hot rods and custom cars Meadors built and collected, the most recognized of which was

his bright yellow 1932 Ford Tudor. The popular Ford hi-boy sedan, as drawn by artist Thom

Taylor, has served as the centerpiece of the Goodguys logo since 1987.

While his professional life as a traveling salesman in the 1970s and ‘80s consumed his days,

Meadors spent his spare time dreaming up ways to have fun with cars and to spread his love and

passion for hot rods. In 1973, the Nor-Cal Early Iron Car Club -- a club Meadors helped create in

Fremont, California -- organized the first "Street Rod Mini Nationals" at the Lodi Grape Festival

Grounds. More than 500 hot rods attended, and it inspired Meadors to move forward as a

promoter. Just a few years later while working as a regional event director for the National Street

Rod Association, Meadors would develop the Western Nationals in Merced, California, into the

West’s signature event for vintage street rods and customs attracting thousands of them with the

rallying cry “Motate to Merced.”

When Gary and Marilyn quit their day jobs and launched Goodguys as their own association in

1987, the Western Nationals became the Goodguys West Coast Nationals and was moved to its

current location at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. The event will celebrate its 30th anniversary in

Pleasanton next August and is known as the “Crown Jewel” of all Goodguys events nationwide

due to its propensity to attract the top cars and personalities in contemporary hot rodding. The

Danville Dukes, a car club Meadors co-founded with Tom Walsh and the late Bill Burnham in

the early ‘80s, has played a pivotal role in the West Coast Nationals.

As Goodguys grew as an association with popular events anchored in cities such as Pleasanton,

San Diego, Des Moines, Iowa, Columbus, Ohio and Scottsdale, Arizona Meadors successfully

developed and sanctioned vintage drag racing events in California and Indiana, adding them to

the Goodguys event tour. Historic events like Bakersfield’s March Meet were resurrected to

flourish under Goodguys’ direction and care. A speed demon himself, Meadors gained

membership to the prestigious Bonneville 200mph club in 1994, when he drove the Dozier &

Hegarty Chrysler powered streamliner to a top speed of 223mph.

Like the vintage drag races, AutoCross regained prominence under the direction of Meadors and

Goodguys. In 2008, Goodguys began staging AutoCross racing competitions at select events,

giving event participants the opportunity to “flog” their hot cars and street machines on a timed

course, offering a thunderous sizzle to the shows. Today, AutoCross is held at 16 Goodguys

national events offering five classes of competition, a season-long points series and year end

Championships.

A true visionary, Meadors was instrumental in encouraging and publicizing young hot rod

builders, often helping them launch their careers. In 2000, Meadors and Goodguys spearheaded

the development of the Trendsetter award – a perpetual honor presented at the SEMA Show in

Las Vegas to rising young hot rod craftsmen. Chip Foose was the first recipient. Other recipients

have included Troy Trepanier, The Ringbrothers, Troy Ladd, Dave Kindig and many others.

In 2009, Gary and Marilyn Meadors decelerated a bit from the day to day operation of

Goodguys, appointing their youngest son Marc Meadors as company president. With the

company flourishing under Marc’s direction reaching new generations of automotive enthusiasts,

Gary was afforded the time to do what he enjoyed most – taking a cool car out on the open road.

Together with Marilyn and their dog Whitewall, they have crisscrossed America dozens of times

these past few years, meeting new friends along the way as they lived out their dream and

singular vision to have fun with cars.

All told, Gary’s life was enriched with deep personal relationships and hot rodding milestones.

He is enshrined in the Street Rod Market Alliance Hall of Fame, Hot Rod Industry Alliance

(HRIA) Hall of Fame, and is a recipient of both STREET RODDER Magazine and the HRIA’s

“Lifetime Achievement” awards. In 2014 he received the International Show Car Association’s

“Legends of Hot Rodding” award.

But the ultimate award for Gary Meadors, was being able to share his love and passion of cool

cars with others and bring people together. It’s truly what made his tires turn.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn, brother Craig, sons Marc and Marty, grandchildren Breann,

Grant, Reece & Rory. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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I heard the bad news yesterday. He was a nice guy, approachable, friendly...........he'll be truly missed. R.I.P.
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