The Goodguys 2009 Hot Rod of the Year award will be selected this year at the 21st Hot Rod Nationals, June 12, 13 & 14 at O’Reilly Raceway Park just outside Indianapolis, IN. Below is a complete description on what the award criteria calls for and how to enter:
Open to hot rods 1948 and earlier. It makes noise; it’s regularly street driven and has a mean attitude! No cream puffs! Remember – The true spirit of hot rodding is for the owner to enjoy driving his hot rod!
How to Enter:
Cars interested in competing for this award should report to the “Hot Rod of the Year” staging area, Friday, June 12th at ORP at 9am sharp (North tower area at O’Reilly Raceway Park). You will be signed in, receive a special window sticker and be given route maps for the day’s festivities.
The HROY Competition:
After everyone is signed in Friday morning, the hot rods will leave ORP and visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway to take the special Indy Track Cruise. From the Indy Motor Speedway, the cars will tour up Highway 31 for approximately 45 miles to Jim Richardson’s spectacular “A Summer Place” – a real working 50s-era town on his private property! You won’t believe how cool this place is! It features a nostalgia gas station, a vintage diner and a movie theater showing 50s movies! Lunch will be available to all who participate. To check out our destination, visit www.asummerplace.org. From the Summer Place in Sharpsville, the cars will head back to O’Reilly Raceway Park and immediately report to the drag strip staging lanes. All HROY candidates will participate in a 1/8th mile heads-up drag & brag fun run on the IRP quarter mile. Times and speeds posted during the 1/8th mile drag & brag fun run will not determine the overall winner as the runs are simply a way to help establish that the Hot Rod of the Year is a true hot rod fully capable of smoking the tires and romping through the 1/8 mile!
The Selection Process:
Five HROY finalists will be selected from the overall pool of entrants. The five finalists will then be displayed at the Adam’s Mark Hotel Saturday night, June 13th where the overall winner will be announced during a special ceremony.
The winner of the Goodguys 2009 Hot Rod of the Year award will receive a special milled billet aluminum award, a full color photo feature in the Goodguys Gazette and Goodtimes Yearbook, national bragging rights and travel accommodations to attend the 2009 season-ending Southwest Nationals, November 20, 21 & 22 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Pictured below: the 2008 Goodguys Hot Rod of the Year – Cale, Bridgett & Carlee Kern’s ’32 Ford Tudor of Bedford, Indiana