Goodguys car show returns to Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

Bill Kerekes, left, with his 1955 Chevy, Don Pettit, center, and his 1970 Chevy Blazer and Grant Vessey, with his 1960 Chevy Impala clean up and remove bugs after driving from Calgary, Alberta, for the Goodguys 16th Great Northwest Nationals last year. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
The shape of classic vehicles are highlighted in the morning sunlight during the Goodguys 16th Great Northwest Nationals, Aug. 18, 2017, at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. Over 1500 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks through 1972 are on display through Sunday. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Jake Carlan, of Spokane Valley, driving his 1969 Volkswagen, stops to chat with his grandmother, Jinelle Hogan, of Newman Lake, in her 1941 Ford, during the 2017 Goodguys 16th Great Northwest Nationals. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

This weekend, Goodguys 17th Great NW Nationals Car Show returns to the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. The event will gather more than 1,500 hot rods, customs and classic cars.

In addition to the car show there will be a wide variety of auto-related exhibits and entertainment, a swap meet and cars for sale. Throughout the weekend over 20 awards will be given out to participating car owners.

Attendees will also have the chance to interact with vendors and manufacturers by visiting their respective exhibits. Rare and sought-after auto parts will be available for budding hot-rodders and seasoned pros alike.

The popular Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition has been added to the Spokane lineup. This gathering of nostalgia race cars and dragsters will be shown at 1 p.m. Friday and at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday. Earplugs are encouraged; this will be loud.

The Historical Auto Society of Spokane & the Inland Empire will be this year’s featured club. Celebrating 60 years since its organization, “Hassie” aims to foster community among classic car lovers in the Inland Northwest. The auto society will be showing between 25 and 30 of its members’ vehicles.

This year’s Pinstripers Brush Bash will feature the Northwest’s best hotrod pinstripers in exhibitions and competitions all weekend.

The Spectre Performance All-American Sunday will show American-made or -powered vehicles from all years including those newer than the traditional 1987 cutoff.

For those not as keen on an all-out car show, the Goodgals Gallery offers up handmade, original craft items from Inland Northwest crafters.

There will also be a wealth of fun things for the kids to do with arts and crafts, games, face painting, and a PPG Automotive Paint coloring contest. The Kid’s Zone will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.