After the devastating floods on May 1–2 in Nashville, Tennessee, the focus of the Goodguys’ 5th Bridgestone Nationals changed. The event is now not only a weekend to celebrate rods and customs, but also a rallying point for flood relief efforts as the city continues to move forward.
Goodguys has partnered with Hands on Nashville to help raise funds for the victims of the flood and promote volunteerism. Flood-relief donation kiosks will be set-up at the ticket gates at next week’s 5th Bridgestone Nationals at LP Field.
The event’s title sponsor Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO), a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Inc., is headquartered in Nashville. Bridgestone Americas Inc. and its parent company, Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corp., recently donated $100,000 to several middle Tennessee Red Cross chapters.
“Our teammates truly sympathize with the tragedy suffered in the middle Tennessee region,” said Rod Stotsenburg, performance marketing and events manager, BATO. “We are fully committed to helping Nashville and the surrounding areas recover from the recent flooding. As the presenting sponsor, we commend the Goodguys for partnering with Hands On Nashville and encourage everyone to come out to the event to enjoy a great car show, but also to support those in need.”
The 5th Bridgestone Nationals begins Friday, May 21 and runs through Sunday, May 23. General admission is $18, kids ages 7–12 are $6 and children under seven years of age receive free admission. In addition to the acres of gleaming hot rods, fans will have a multitude of activities to enjoy, plus live entertainment. The event will also have children’s activities, which include the “Make and Take” model-car exhibit at which youngsters can assemble a complete snap-together model kit to take home courtesy of Revell. Face painting and balloon animals will also be featured as well as a coloring contest at the PPG Paint exhibit.
The flood not only took its toll on the community but hot rodders as well. Steve and Sheri Tracy reported that their Advanced Plating facility sustained flood damage. As a result, they had to postpone the 5th Bridgestone Nationals kick-off party scheduled for Thursday, May 20. However, they have organized a large “flood sale” at Advanced Plating May 20–22. They will sell everything from their parts line that was submerged under water, including intakes, valve covers, air cleaners and carburetors. For more information on the sale, visit www.advancedplating.com
For a complete look at the Goodguys 5th Bridgestone Nationals, visit www.nashvillenats.com
To view current Hands On Nashville volunteer opportunities and register for flood-related volunteer projects, visit www.hon.org. New opportunities are posted daily to meet community needs.
If you can’t volunteer, but want to support volunteerism, Hands On Nashville accepts donations at www.hon.org. Donations may also be mailed to:
Hands On Nashville
209 10th Avenue S., Ste. 318
Nashville, TN 37203