The Next Generation Award

Showcasing & Celebrating The Future Of Our Industry!

2023 Winner: 2023 Winner: James Cerepak and his 1974 AMC Javelin | Full Story & Gallery

The Next Generation Award

Showcasing & Celebrating The Future Of Our Industry!

2023 Winner: 2023 Winner: James Cerepak and his 1974 AMC Javelin | Full Story & Gallery

About The Goodguys


The Goodguys “Next Generation” Award presented by Goolsby Customs celebrates and showcases the accomplishments of car and truck builders 18-30 years old. 

Created to encourage young builders to continue in the industry and to foster a field of talent which will sustain the hobby, the overall year-end Grand Prize Winner will receive prime placement alongside the Goodguys Top 12 Winners at the upcoming 27th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals, November 22-24, 2024 in Scottsdale, AZ.

How To Enter

On the Saturday morning of the event you are attending, make sure to check-in and park in the “Next Generation” Special Area at the show.  Upon checking in, you will be provided a card to fill-out to help inform our award selectors on the specifics of your build.  Make sure to fill the card out completely and legibly and place on your dash for easy viewing.  You are now officially part of the competition.

How Event Finalists Are Selected

If your vehicle is selected as one of the two semi-finalists for the event you are participating in, a Goodguys representative will notify you either in-person or by cell phone and provide you instructions on the next step, which will be to relocate your vehicle to a high-traffic staging area of the show where people can vote for their favorite of the two semi-finalists on social media (Facebook & Instagram). 

Both semi-finalists will need to return to the event the next morning and park their vehicles in the same staging area that they parked in on Saturday afternoon.  Prior to the Goodguys Awards Ceremony on Sunday afternoon, one “finalist” winner will be chosen based on a combination of social media voting and representatives from Goodguys & Goolsby Customs and they will be a part of the general Goodguys Awards Ceremony that same day.

From all (14) individual event “finalist” winners, one Grand Prize Winner will be chosen to bring their build to the 27th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals, November 22-24, 2024, where it will be showcased amongst the work of the top builders in the world.


Competition is open to the “Next Generation” of builders aged 18-30 at the time of the event. Participants must have worked directly and extensively on the build process and have intimate knowledge of the parts & accessories used.


Street Rods, Hot Rods, Trucks, Street Machines, Customs, Custom Rods and Muscle Cars through 1999 vintage at national events and through 2024 for Get-Together events.

What Does Each “Next Generation Award” Event Finalist Receive?

  1. “Next Generation Award” Custom Event Plaque.
  2. Photo in the Goodguys Gazette Magazine.
  3. A spot in the “Finalist” pool of individual event winners for a chance to be selected to display your vehicle at the 27th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals, November 22-24, 2024.

What Does The “Next Generation Award” Grand Prize Winner Receive?

  1. Your vehicle will be a prominently showcased in conjunction with our annual “Top 12 Cars & Trucks of the Year” display at the 27th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals, in Scottsdale, AZ, the weekend of November 22-24, 2024.
  2. Hotel Accommodations, travel allowance and weekend passes for the winner and a guest to the 27th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals
  3. Photos of you and your vehicle at the 27th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals in the Goodguys Gazette Magazine.
  4. Goodguys Merchandise & Apparel Package
  5. A full feature of your vehicle in the Goodguys Gazette and on
  6. Custom-Wrapped Snap-on Toolbox

Qualifying Events

  1. 33rd Fuel Curve Autumn Get-Together

  2. 26th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals

  3. 14th FiTech Fuel Injection Spring Nationals presented by Grundy Insurance

  4. 40th All American Get-Together

  5. 23rd Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals

  6. 9th Griot’s Garage North Carolina Nationals

  7. 14th LMC Truck Spring Lone Star Nationals
  8. 18th BASF Nashville Nationals

  9. 1st Grundy Insurance Mid-Atlantic Nationals
  10. 33rdd Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals

  11. 26th Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG

  12. 36th Griot’s Garage Pacific Northwest Nationals

  13. 37th West Coast Nationals

  14. 26th Colorado Nationals presented by Griot’s Garage

  15. 31st Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals

Current Qualifiers:

2023 Autumn Get-Together

2023 Autumn Get-Together

Hunter Smith - 1965 Mustang
2023 Southwest Nationals

2023 Southwest Nationals

Todd Carter - 1974 Chevy Nova
2023 Spring Nationals

2024 Spring Nationals

Nate Collard - 1998 Chevy Silverado
2024 Spring Nationals

2024 Del Mar Nationals

Michael Ojeda - 1970 Chevelle Malibu
2024 North Carolina Nationals

2024 NCN Nationals

Curtis Atkins - 1966 Chevy Impala
2024 Spring Lone Star Nationals

2024 Spring Lone Star Nationals

Mike Paredes - 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass
2024 Nashville Nationals

2024 Nashville Nationals

Dawson Harrell - 1967 Chevy C10
2024 Nashville Nationals

2024 Mid-Atlantic Nationals

Dakota Straw - 1974 Chevy C10

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