Hot Rod of the Year Award Highlights 2nd WIX Filters Speedway Nationals at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Who’s got the baddest hot rod in the land? We’re all going to find out in two weeks.

The Goodguys 2012 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award is up for grabs at the 2nd WIX Filters Speedway Nationals, September 21-23 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This award more than any other Goodguys offers is earned by the winner. The Hot Rod of the Year award and its unique criteria was first introduced in 2006.

How do you enter the competition and how do you qualify? Here’s a complete look at the award, the criteria, how to enter and the method used to determine the winner.

Goodguys 2012 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year
Presented at: 2nd WIX Filters Speedway Nationals, Sept 21-23, Indianapolis, IN
Who’s Eligible: Hot Rods 1948 and earlier
Basic Criteria: It makes noise; it’s regularly street driven, has attitude and screams “Hot Rod.” No cream puffs!
How to Enter/Details: Cars interested in competing for this award need to enter the “Hot Rod of the Year” staging area, Friday morning, Sept. 21 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (located on the infield) at 10am. The hot rods will then take a 53-mile trip north to “A Summer Place” (‘50s style diner and theme park) in Sharpsville for lunch. From “A Summer Place” the contestants will take the 45-mile trip over to the new Muncie Dragway in Albany, Indiana for the required 1/8th mile drag strip fun runs (Times and speeds posted during the drag & brag will not determine the overall winner but style points do count!). From Muncie Dragway, all contestants will take the 75-mile trip back to the Speedway. On Saturday, September 22nd all Hot Rod of the Year contestants will park together for the day. The selection committee will look over the cars to determine the five finalists. The top five finalists will be announced Saturday afternoon. For Sunday’s awards ceremony, the five finalists will be parked together inside the winner’s circle. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the ceremony.

If you’ve got a ’48 or older hot rod that makes noise, looks good and has a bad attitude, why not enter the competition for the Goodguys 2012 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year Competition.

Take a look at all 6 prior Hot Rod of the Year winners…

-2011 Hot Rod of the Year Winner - Michael Tarquinio, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - '32 Ford roadster

-2010 Hot Rod of the Year Winner - Floyd Williams, Austin, Texas - '32 Ford roadster

-2009 Hot Rod of the Year Winner - Billy Steele, Oakdale, Pennsylvania - '30 Ford coupe

-2008 Hot Rod of the Year Winner - Cale, Bridgett & Carlee Kern, Bedford, Indiana - '32 Ford sedan

-2007 Hot Rod of the Year Winner - Larry Brunkala, Mentor, OH - '32 Ford coupe

- 2006 Hot Rod of the Year Winner - Greg Gilbertson, Lemont, IL - '33 Ford coupe

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