Our Most Coveted Awards

The Annual Top 12

Our Most Coveted Awards

The Annual Top 12

The 2019

TOP 12

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is proud to present the 2019 "Top 12" awards! These special awards recognize the nation's finest cars and trucks as well as the best AutoCross racer in the land.

All Top 12 award Winners receive:

National bragging rights

Beautiful billet aluminum award

Custom-wrapped Snap-on Tool Box

Full color feature in the Goodguys Gazette and Yearbook

Special feature on our website and on FuelCurve.com

Exclusive invitation and travel accommodations to the season-ending Goodguys 22nd Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, AZ

Event Specific Awards

  • The Street Rod of the Year
  • Street Machine of the Year
  • Hot Rod of the Year
  • Street Rod d' Elegance
  • America's Most Beautiful Street Rod
  • Custom of the Year
  • AutoCrosser of the Year

The selection committee for these awards are made up of industry experts and Goodguys staff members. Each member of the selection committee places their picks in order of preference. The first choice will receive five points, second choice four points and so on. The winner is then determined by whoever receives the most total points.

Regional Awards

  • Custom Rod of the Year (36-72)
  • Truck of the Year Late ('60 through '87)
  • Truck of the Year Early (through - '59)
  • Muscle Machine of the Year (60-87)
  • Muscle Car of the Year (60-87)

These awards will be selected by using the regional "finalist" method. These awards will be selected by the Goodguys staff from a group of finalists chosen from various events in different regions of the U.S. This method benefits participants from all regions of the country – east to west, north to south – instead of limiting the award to a certain region and certain event. Each Top 12 award and how its winner is selected are explained in detail below.

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Event Specific "Top 12" Awards

Street Rod Headquarters

CUSTOM OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 37th All American Get-Together, March 30 & 31, Pleasanton, CA

Who’s Eligible: Custom cars 1936 through 1972 vintage.

How to Enter: You must have your custom entered in the indoor portion of the 37th All American Get-Together to be eligible for this award.

Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor an exceptional custom car. The award is open to all styles and genres of customs (from traditional to radical to modern).

2019 Winner - Steve Pierce’s ’40 Buick Super

March Performance

STREET ROD D’ ELEGANCE

Selected at: 19th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, April 5-7, Del Mar, CA

Who’s Eligible: Street rods through 1948 vintage.

How to Enter: You must have your street rod entered in the indoor car show at the 19th Del Mar Nationals. Finalists will be selected from the indoor car show only.

Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor a gorgeous, elegant street rod.

2019 Winner - Tim Kerrigan’s “Timeless” ’33 Ford Roadster

TANK'S

HOT ROD OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 14th Nashville Nationals – Nashville, TN May 3-5

Who’s Eligible: Hot Rods 1948 and earlier.

How to Enter: Cars interested in competing for this award need to enter the “Hot Rod of the Year” staging area, Friday, May 3rd at the Nissan Stadium, at 9am sharp. The hot rods will then take a 100-mile (approx.) road-trip/reliability run around Nashville which will include and 1/8th dragstrip fun run and a tire smoking burn out (times will not determine the winner but style points will count). During the day the selection committee will be looking for hi-revving, hard driven hot rods with attitude. Five finalists will be selected and displayed together on Saturday. The overall winner will be announced Sunday May 5th during the event award ceremony. *Schedule subject to change

Basic Criteria: It makes noise; it’s regularly street-driven, has a mean attitude and screams the words “Hot Rod.” No cream puffs!

2019 Winner - Amadeo Angelo’s 1936 Ford

Classic Instruments

STREET ROD OF THE YEAR

Selected at: Goodguys 22nd PPG Nationals, July 12-14, Columbus, OH

Who’s Eligible: Street rods through 1948 vintage

How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the Cardinal lot Friday, July 12th by 10am at the Ohio Expo Center to be eligible for Street Rod of the Year award. Contenders will park inside the Celeste Bldg. Friday & Saturday.

Basic Criteria: This award is designed for a true modern masterpiece. Quality of craftsmanship, body and paint, overall engineering, the three F’s (fit, form and functionality) stance and overall creativity in design and concept is what the selection committee will seek.

2019 Winner - Phil & Debbie Becker’s 1932 Ford Vicky

PPG

STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 22nd Goodguys PPG Nationals, July 12-14, Columbus, OH

Who’s Eligible: Street machines 1954 through 1987 vintage

How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the Cardinal lot Friday, July 12th by 10am as well as participate in a two-lap Goodguys AutoCross Friday afternoon, July 12th at the Ohio Expo Center. AutoCross lap times will not determine the overall winner but style points do count! Contenders will park inside the Celeste Bldg. Friday & Saturday.

Basic Criteria: This award is designed for a cutting edge Street Machine which combines masterful build quality with extreme performance. Quality of craftsmanship, body & paint, overall engineering, the three F’s (fit, form & functionality) stance and overall creativity in design and concept is what the selection committee will seek.

2019 Winner - Jimmy Shaw’s 200mph Maverick

BASF

AMERICA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL STREET ROD

Selected at: 33rd West Coast Nationals, August 23-25, Pleasanton, CA

Who’s Eligible: Street rods through 1948 vintage.

How to Enter: All candidates must park in the “Builders Choice” Parking Area Saturday, Aug. 24th from 7am-Noon. Finalists will be chosen from this area only.

Basic Criteria: This is simply a beauty contest. The most beautiful car will be chosen.

2019 Winner - George Poteet’s ’36 Ford

FAST

AUTOCROSSER OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 22nd Southwest Nationals, November 15-17, Scottsdale, AZ

Award overview: Must compete in a minimum of three event shootouts during the 2019 season not including the Sponsor Shootout or Duel in the Desert Shootout. Be with-in the top sixteen points for your class. And the highest winner of the Duel in the Desert Shootout that meets all of these requirements.

Who’s Eligible: AutoCross entries 1987 and earlier.

How to Enter: Must be one of the 32 cars racing in the the Finals Shootout to be held Saturday, November 16th during the Goodguys 22nd Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals @ Westworld in Scottsdale.

2019 AutoCrosser of the Year - Scott Fraser in Bruce Cambern’s 1966 Shelby Cobra

Regional "Top 12" Awards

Vintage Air

CUSTOM ROD OF THE YEAR

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:

Who’s Eligible: Custom rods 1949 through 1972 vintage.

How to Enter: Attend any of the events listed above in your custom rod, park in the Builder’s Choice or Indoor display area (where applicable) and you’ll have a chance to be selected as a finalist! One finalist will be chosen from each of the seven events listed.

Basic Criteria: A custom rod is defined as a custom car that tastefully blends customizing techniques or factory stock bodies with modern day performance, engineering, components and styling.

2019 Winner - Randy Wilcox's 1959 Cadillac Coupe deVille

2019

MUSCLE CAR OF THE YEAR

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:

*Finalists Chosen at these shows will be added to the list of 2020 Muscle Car of the Year finalists.

Who’s Eligible: Muscle Cars of all makes 1960 through 1987.

How to Enter the Competition: Park in the Mighty Muscle Special Parking area or Indoor display (where applicable) at any Goodguys 2019 Events listed above.

Basic Criteria: Designed to honor an original factory stock or original fully restored Muscle Car of superb quality.

2019 Winner - Charles Donaldson's 1970 Mercury Cougar

Griot's Garage

MUSCLE MACHINE OF THE YEAR

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:

Who’s Eligible: Muscle Machines 1960 through 1987 vintage

How to Enter: Attend one of the events listed above and park in the AutoCross pit area Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. You must also run at least three laps in the Goodguys AutoCross. Lap times will not determine the overall winner but style points do count! Only cars parked in the AutoCross pit area and cars that have completed the three-lap AutoCross minimum will be eligible for this award.

Basic Criteria: A Muscle Machine is defined by Goodguys as a muscle car that has been modified to perform at a high level including handling, stance, engineering, and body and paint.

2019 Winner - Charles Donaldson's 1970 Mercury Cougar

Scott's Hot Rods

TRUCK OF THE YEAR - EARLY (through ‘59)

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:

*Finalists Chosen at these shows will be added to the list of 2020 Truck of the Year Early finalists

Who’s Eligible: Trick trucks through 1959 vintage

How to Enter: Attend any of the seven events listed above and park in the Trick Truck corral, the Builder’s Choice or Indoor display area (where applicable) to have a chance to be selected as a finalist!

Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor an outstanding pre-’59 tricked-out truck.

2019 Winner - Danny Bouchard's 1958 Ford F100

LMC Truck Parts

TRUCK OF THE YEAR - LATE (’60 through ‘87)

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:

*Finalists Chosen at these shows will be added to the list of 2020 Truck of the Year Late finalists.

Who’s Eligible: Trick trucks ’60 through ’87

How to Enter: Attend any of the events listed above and park in the Trick Truck corral, the Builder’s Choice or Indoor display area (where applicable) to have a chance to be selected as a finalist! One finalist will be chosen from each event listed.

Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor an outstanding ’60 through ’87 vintage tricked-out truck.

2019 Winner - Scott & Sherrie Cooper's 1970 Chevy El Camino