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2017 Top 12

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is proud to present the 2017 “Top 12” awards! These special awards recognize the nation’s finest cars and trucks as well as the best AutoCross racer in the land. New this year is a change to the selection process of the Truck of the Year Early category. The seven regional finalists for the Truck of the Year Early award are now required to attend the 20th Southwest Nationals November 17-19 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the overall winner will then be selected on Saturday, November 18th. The finalists for Truck of the Year Early must be present in Scottsdale to be eligible to win.

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 and Custom of the Year will be selected at their traditional events. For these awards, the selection committee will be made up of industry experts and Goodguys staff members. Each member of the selection committee places his picks in order of preference. His 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. In the case of a tie, all committee members recast their votes for the two entrants involved in the tie.

Custom Rod of the Year, Truck of the Year (late – ’53 through ’72), Muscle Car of the Year and Muscle Machine of the Year will be selected by using the regional “finalist” method. (Truck of the Year Early finalists will be required to attend the 20th Southwest Nationals, November 17th-19th in Scottsdale, Arizona.) 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.

All Top 12 award winners will receive: National bragging rights, a beautiful billet aluminum award, a custom-wrapped Snap-on Tool Box, a full color feature in the Goodguys Gazette and Yearbook, an announcement on good-guys.com and an exclusive invitation and travel accommodations to the season-ending Goodguys 20th Southwest Nationals, November 17-19 in Scottsdale, Arizona..

 

Event Specific "Top 12" Awards

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2015 Winner - Scott & Holly Roberts' 1954 Mercury

Goodguys 2017 Street Rod Headquarters CUSTOM OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 35th All American Get-Together, March 25 & 26, 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 35th 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).


srde 162016 Winner - Wes & Vivian Rydell's 1940 Oldsmobile

Goodguys 2017 March Performance STREET ROD D’ ELEGANCE

Selected at: 17th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, March 30 - April 2, 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 17th 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.


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2016 Winner - Brian George's 1931 Ford Roadster

Goodguys 2017 TANK'S HOT ROD OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 12th Nashville Nationals – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN May 19-21

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 19th at the Nissan Stadium, at 10am sharp. The hot rods will then take a 100-mile (approx) road-trip cruise around Nashville.  Five finalists will be selected and displayed together for the rest of the weekend. The overall winner will be announced Sunday the 21st during the event award ceremony.

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


sroty 162016 Winner - Billy & Debbie Thomas's 1939 Oldsmobile Model 60

Goodguys 2017 Classic Instruments STREET ROD OF THE YEAR

Selected at: Goodguys 20th PPG Nationals, July 7-9, Columbus, OH

Who’s Eligible: Street rods through 1948 vintage

How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the Cardinal lot Friday, July 7th by 10am at the Ohio Expo Center to be eligible for Street Rod of the Year award.

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.


smoty 162016 Winner - Tim & CiCi Spencer's 1969 Ford Mustang

Goodguys 2017 PPG STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 20th Goodguys PPG Nationals, July 7-9, Columbus, OH

Who’s Eligible: Street machines 1954 through 1972 vintage

How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the Cardinal lot Friday, July 7th by 10am as well as participate in a two-lap Goodguys AutoCross Friday afternoon, July 7th at the Ohio Expo Center. Autocross lap times will not determine the overall winner but style points do count!

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.


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2016 Winner - Dan Wathor's 1937 Ford

Goodguys 2017 Flowmaster AMERICA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL STREET ROD

Selected at: 31st West Coast Nationals, August 25-27, Pleasanton, CA

Who’s Eligible: Street rods through 1948 vintage.

How to Enter: All candidates must park in the “Builders Choice” Parking Area Saturday, August 26th 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.


autocrosser 162016 Autocrosser of the Year - Danny Popp

Goodguys 2017 FAST AUTOCROSSER OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 20th Southwest Nationals, November 17-19, Scottsdale, AZ

Award overview: The fastest car and driver at every 2017 Goodguys National Event AutoCross will be entered as a finalist for Goodguys 2017 AutoCross Finals Shootout. The Finals Shootout will be held Saturday, November 18th during the Goodguys 20th Southwest Nationals @ WestWorld in Scottsdale. Saturday’s ‘Shootout winner will be crowned AutoCrosser of the Year.

Who’s Eligible: AutoCross entries 1972 and earlier from any one of the four Goodguys AutoCross classes (PRO Class, Street Machine ’55-’72, Hot Rod ’54 and older, and Trucks through ’72).

How to Enter: Compete and log the fastest time of the event during any 2017 National event featuring a Goodguys AutoCross. Or, race your way into the ‘Shootout during a qualifying day Friday, Nov 17th in Scottsdale.

Shootout and AutoCross Rules: All cars must be 1972 & earlier. More information about Autocross Rules can be found here.

Regional

 

All Regional Top 12 award winners will be announced Friday, October 7 on good-guys.com. If selected as the Top 12 winner you must be able to attend and show your car in the Top 12 display at the 20th Southwest Nationals November 17-19 in Scottsdale, Arizona. If a potential winner is not eligible to attend Scottsdale, the second choice in that category will be declared the winner.

croty 162016 Winner - Paul Gilliam's 1953 Studebaker

Goodguys 2017 Vintage Air CUSTOM ROD OF THE YEAR

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

8th Spring Nationals, March 10-12, Scottsdale, AZ
7th Spring Lone Star Nationals, March 17-19, Ft Worth, TX
17th Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals, March 31-April 2, Del Mar, CA
3rd North Carolina Nationals, April 28-30, Raleigh, NC
12th Nashville Nationals, May 19-21, Nashville, TN
26th Heartland Nationals, June 30 - July 1, Des Moines, IA
20th Colorado Nationals, September 8-10, Loveland, CO

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 Builders 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.


mcoty 162016 Winner - Gary McKay's 1969 Ford Mustang Boss

Goodguys 2017 MSD MUSCLE CAR OF THE YEAR

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events: 8th Spring Nationals, March 10-12, Scottsdale, AZ
7th Spring Lone Star Nationals, March 17-19, Ft Worth, TX
17th Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals, March 30 - April 2, Del Mar, CA
3rd North Carolina Nationals, April 28-30, Raleigh, NC
12th Nashville Nationals, May 19-21, Nashville, TN
24h Summer Get-Together, June 3 & 4, Pleasanton, CA
25th East Coast Nationals, June 9-11, Rhinebeck, NY
26th Heartland Nationals, June 30 - July 2, Des Moines, IA
Goodguys 20th PPG Nationals, July 7-9, Columbus, OH
30th Pacific Northwest Nationals, July 28-30, Puyallup, WA
16th Great Northwest Nationals, August 18-20, Spokane, WA
31st West Coast Nationals, August 25-27, Pleasanton, CA
20th Colorado Nationals, September 8-10, Loveland, CO
25th Lone Star Nationals, September 29 - October 1, Ft Worth, TX
*6th Nostalgia Nationals, October 13-15, Bowling Green, KY
*24th Southeastern Nationals, October 20-22, Charlotte, NC
*20th Southwest Nationals, November 17-19, Scottsdale, AZ

*Finalists Chosen at these shows will be added to the list of 2018 Muscle Car of the Year finalists.

 

Who’s Eligible: Muscle Cars of all makes 1960 through 1972.

How to Enter the Competition: Park in the Mighty Muscle Special Parking area or Indoor display (where applicable) at any Goodguys 2017 Events listed above.

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

*The Charlotte and Scottsdale Fall finalists will be added to the list of 2016 MCOY finalists. Who’s Eligible: Muscle cars of all makes 1960 through 1972


mmoty 162016 Winner - Tom Demrovsky's 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle

Goodguys 2017 Griots Garage MUSCLE MACHINE OF THE YEAR

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

8th Spring Nationals, March 10-12, Scottsdale, AZ
17th Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals, March 31-April 2, Del Mar, CA
3rd North Carolina Nationals, April 28-30, Raleigh, NC
12th Nashville Nationals, May 19-21, Nashville, TN
24th Summer Get-Together, June 3-4, Pleasanton, CA
26th Heartland Nationals, June 30 - July 1, Des Moines, IA
Goodguys 20th PPG Nationals, July 7-9, Columbus, OH
25th Lone Star Nationals, September 29 - October 1, Ft Worth, TX

 

Who’s Eligible: Muscle Machines 1960 through 1972 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.


totye 162016 Winner - Fred & Jane Struckman's 1936 Ford Pickup

Goodguys 2017 Scotts Hot Rods TRUCK OF THE YEAR - EARLY (through ‘52)

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

17th Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals, March 31-April 2, Del Mar, CA
3rd North Carolina Nationals, April 28-30, Raleigh, NC
12th Nashville Nationals, May 19-21, Nashville, TN
26th Heartland Nationals, June 30 - July 1, Des Moines, IA
31st West Coast Nationals, August 25-27, Pleasanton, CA
20th Colorado Nationals, September 8-10, Loveland, CO
25th Lone Star Nationals, September 29 - October 1, Ft Worth, TX
26th Autumn Get-Together November 11 & 12, 2017 *

*Finalists Chosen at these shows will be added to the list of 2018 Truck of the Year Late finalists

The seven regional finalists for the Truck of the Year Early award must attend the 20th Southwest Nationals November 17-19 at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona where the overall winner will then be selected on Saturday, Nov 18th. 

Who’s Eligible: Trick trucks through 1952 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-’53 tricked-out truck.


totyl 162016 Winner - Todd Williams' 1961 Ford Unibody Truck

Goodguys 2017 LMC Trucks Parts TRUCK OF THE YEAR - LATE (’53 through ‘72)

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

8th Spring Nationals, March 10-12, Scottsdale, AZ
17th Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals, March 31-April 2, Del Mar, CA
25th East Coast Nationals, June 9-11, Rhinebeck, NY
26th Heartland Nationals, June 30 - July 1, Des Moines, IA
Goodguys 20th PPG Nationals, July 7-9, Columbus, OH
25th Lone Star Nationals, September 29 - October 1, Ft Worth, TX
24th Southeastern Nationals, October 20-22, Charlotte, NC *
26th Autumn Get-Together November 11 & 12, 2017 *

*Finalists Chosen at these shows will be added to the list of 2018 Truck of the Year Late finalists.

Who’s Eligible: Trick trucks 1953 through 1972 vintage

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 ’53 through ’72 vintage tricked-out truck.