For all 20 years the Goodguys PPG Nationals has cruised into the Ohio Expo Center, Bryon Reid has been there.
This year, the 21st annual event, will be no different: Reid plans to attend from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 8, with the more than 6,000 hot rods and custom and classic cars.
The Sunbury resident will roll up in his shiny, black '59 Chevrolet Biscayne, which he bought two years ago for $11,000.
It is not a muscle car -- "it just looks pretty," he said.
Reid, 48, said he displays his vintage wheels at shows throughout the year but enjoys sitting behind the wheel.
"That's what it's for," he said. "It's not a garage queen; it's not a trailer queen -- I drive it."
The show will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 6 and 7 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8. General admission is $20, $6 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for children 6 and younger. Parking is $7. Tickets can be purchased at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, all three days of the event or online at at good-guys.com.
What started as a one-day get-together 35 years ago for California hot-rodders has blossomed into a worldwide association, said Betsy Bennett, spokeswoman for Goodguys, which is based in Pleasanton, California.
Columbus is the ninth and largest of all 19 stops on the Goodguys' tour this year, she said.
Bennett said a great deal of entertainment is packed into the three days. It includes racing, exhibits, performance competitions, displays on the latest automotive technology and music.
"We run into people all the time who are not car fanatics, but there's something about seeing 6,000 cars in one place," she said. "It's really something to see."
Food and beverages also will be offered, Bennett said.
For those who want ear-splitting excitement, the Nitro Thunderfest Dragster exhibition will deliver vintage drag racing at 1 p.m. July 6 and 2 p.m. July 7.
For those who simply want to gaze at the beauty of a finely crafted automobile, two of Goodguys' top 12 awards for the 2018 season will be awarded in Columbus. They are the Goodguys PPG Street Machine of the Year and the Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year. The winners will be crowned at 5:30 p.m. July 7 at the Celeste Center.
Live entertainment will be provided by country singer Ashley Wineland, who will perform tunes from her "Back to the Simple Life" tour at 2:30 p.m. July 7 and 11 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. July 8.
Reid, a second-generation hot-rodder, said he has made lifelong friends at Goodguys, which is suited to any person of any level of automotive enthusiasm.
"If it wasn't fun I wouldn't have been going as many years as it's been here," he said.