Making Memories at the Goodguys Rod and Custom 7th Spring Nationals

Ginger and Donald Bishop brought their four grandchildren to the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association’s 7th Spring Nationals, held March 4-6 at WestWorld of Scottsdale (Arizona) on March 4-6.

They left with six lifetimes’ worth of memories.

“It was something they all are going to be talking about for a long, long time,” Ginger Bishop said, looking back on a day that was incredibly special, especially for her 15-year-old grandson Tomas Sharp.

Tomas has been undergoing treatment since May 2015 for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer that affects mainly children and adolescents. Tomas has had his left hip and part of his left femur replaced. His Goodguys outing was his first fun activity in quite a while.

It came about due to the partnership between Goodguys and the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. The foundation, working in conjunction with the oncology unit at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, arranged for the visit.

The highlights of that visit were many but without doubt, one stood out: Tomas’ 18 year old borther’s thrilling ride in an AutoCross car with Robby Unser at the wheel of a stunning blue, 1965 Chevy Nova. Robby is an eight-time winner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He is the son of three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Unser and the cousin of two-time 500 winner Al Unser Jr. Both Robby and Al Jr. competed in the Spring Nationals’ AutoCross competition in Phoenix.

And count Ginger’s husband Donald as one of the kids during the visit. After all, he’s a car collector himself. He was in nirvana.

What an event – what a day—this was for Tomas and his family.

“Everything … the rides in the cars … it was just perfect,” Ginger said.

There’s more to come. The Bishops’ clan has been invited back for Goodguys’ return to Scottsdale on November 18-20 for the 19th Southwest Nationals.

“Yes, not only was this one perfect day but now we have something else to look forward to,” Ginger said.

Tomas, of course, can’t wait. Neither can his grandmother.

“I’m sure it will be a lot of fun again,” she said.

With more memories to capture.