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2018 Top 12

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is proud to present the 2018 "Top 12" awards! These special awards recognize the nation's finest cars and trucks as well as the best AutoCross racer in the land.

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

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.

In the case of a tie, all committee members recast their votes for the two entrants involved in the tie. Builders who have cars entered in each of the categories listed above will receive 1 selection sheet to enter their top 5 (in order). All builder selection sheets will be combined and count as 1 committee vote.

 

Regional Awards

  • Custom Rod of the Year (36-72)
  • Truck of the Year Late ('67 through '87)
  • Truck of the Year Early (through - '66)
  • 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.

 

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
  • Announcement on good-guys.com
  • Exclusive invitation and travel accommodations to the season-ending Goodguys 21st Southwest Nationals, November 16-18 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

Event Specific "Top 12" Awards


Goodguys 2018 Street Rod Headquarters CUSTOM OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 36th All American Get-Together, March 24 & 25, 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 36th 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).

 

2017 Winner: 1957 Chevy Nomad "Shomad" Ron Maier

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Goodguys 2018 March Performance STREET ROD D’ ELEGANCE

Selected at: 18th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, April 6 - 8, 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 18th 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.

 

2017 Winner: Bruce Wanta's "The Mulholland Speedster" 1936 Packard

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Goodguys 2018 TANK'S HOT ROD OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 13th Nashville Nationals – Nashville, TN May 11-12

Who’s Eligible: Hot Rods 1948 and earlier.

How to Enter: How to Enter: Cars interested in competing for this award need to enter the "Hot Rod of the Year" staging area, Friday, May 11th at the Nissan Stadium, at 9am sharp. The hot rods will then take a 160-mile (approx.) road-trip/reliability run to Beech Bend Raceway park in Bowling Green, Kentucky for an 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 we will also stop at Holley as well as the Corvette Museum. The selection committee will be looking for hi-revving, hard driven hot rods with attitude. After returning to Nissan Stadium Friday evening, the cars will be judged and the Top 5 finalists will be announced. There will be a quick photoshoot with the five finalists beginning at 6:30pm Friday. The overall winner will be announced Saturday May 12th 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!

 

2017 Winner: Ralph & Linda Miller's 1930 Model A Sedan

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Goodguys 2018 Classic Instruments STREET ROD OF THE YEAR

Selected at: Goodguys 21st PPG Nationals, July 6-8, Columbus, OH

Who’s Eligible: Street rods through 1948 vintage

How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the Cardinal lot Friday, July 6th 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.

 

2017 Winner: George Poteet's 1932 Ford Sedan

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Goodguys 2018 PPG STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 21st Goodguys PPG Nationals, July 6-8, 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 6th by 10am as well as participate in a two-lap Goodguys AutoCross Friday afternoon, July 6th 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.

 

2017 Winner: John Wilkus' 1969 "Inferno" Chevy Camaro

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Goodguys 2018 BASF AMERICA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL STREET ROD

Selected at: 32nd West Coast Nationals, August 24-26, 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 25th 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.

 

2017 Winner: Buddy Jordan's 1933 Roadster

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Goodguys 2018 FAST AUTOCROSSER OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 21st Southwest Nationals, November 16-18, Scottsdale, AZ

Award overview: The fastest car and driver at every 2018 Goodguys National Event AutoCross will be entered as a finalist for Goodguys 2018 AutoCross Finals Shootout. The Finals Shootout will be held Saturday, November 17th during the Goodguys 21st Southwest Nationals at Westworld in Scottsdale. Saturday's Shootout winner will be crowned AutoCrosser of the Year.

Who’s Eligible: AutoCross entries 1987 and earlier.

How to Enter: Compete and log the fastest time of the event during any 2018 National event featuring a Goodguys AutoCross. Or, race your way into the 'Shootout' during a qualifying day Friday, Nov 16th in Scottsdale.

Shootout and AutoCross Rules: All cars must be 1987 & earlier. More information about AutoCross Rules can be found here.

 

2017 AutoCrosser of the Year: Robby Unser Speedway Motors 1967 Camaro

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Regional Awards

All Regional Top 12 award winners will be announced Friday, October 5th 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 21st Southwest Nationals November 16-18 in Scottsdale, Arizona. If a potential winner is not eligible to attend Scottsdale, the second choice in that category will be declared the winner.

 

Goodguys 2018 Vintage Air CUSTOM ROD OF THE YEAR

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

8th Spring Lone Star Nationals, March 9-11, Ft. Worth, TX
9th Spring Nationals, March 10-12, Scottsdale, AZ
18th Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals, April 6-8, Del Mar, CA
4th North Carolina Nationals, April 27-29, Raleigh, NC
13th Nashville Nationals, May 11-12, Nashville, TN
27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals, June 29 - July 1, Des Moines, IA
21st Colorado Nationals, September 7-9, 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 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.

 

2017 Winner: Bruce Leven's 1951 Ford

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Goodguys 2018 MSD MUSCLE CAR OF THE YEAR

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

8th Spring Lone Star Nationals, March 9-11, Ft Worth, TX
9th Spring Nationals, March 16-18, Scottsdale, AZ
18th Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals, April 6-8, Del Mar, CA
4th North Carolina Nationals, April 27-29, Raleigh, NC
13th Nashville Nationals, May 11 & 12, Nashville, TN
25th Summer Get-Together, June 2 & 3, Pleasanton, CA
26th East Coast Nationals, June 8 & 9, Rhinebeck, NY
27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals, June 29 - July 1, Des Moines, IA
21st Goodguys PPG Nationals, July 6-8, Columbus, OH
31st Pacific Northwest Nationals, July 27-29, Puyallup, WA
17th Great Northwest Nationals, August 17-19, Spokane, WA
32nd West Coast Nationals, August 24-26, Pleasanton, CA
21st Colorado Nationals, September 8-9, Loveland, CO
26th Lone Star Nationals, September 28-30, Ft Worth, TX
*1st Kentucky Nationals, October 12-14, Lexignton, KY
*25th Southeastern Nationals, October 19-20, Charlotte, NC
*21st Southwest Nationals, November 16-18, Scottsdale, AZ

*Finalists Chosen at these shows will be added to the list of 2019 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 2018 Events listed above.

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

 

2017 Winner: Phil Mitchell's 1968 Yenko Camaro

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Goodguys 2018 Griot's Garage MUSCLE MACHINE OF THE YEAR

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

9th Spring Nationals, March 16-18, Scottsdale, AZ
18th Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals, April 6-8, Del Mar, CA
4th North Carolina Nationals, April 27-29, Raleigh, NC
13th Nashville Nationals, May 11 & 12, Nashville, TN
25th Summer Get-Together, June 2 & 3, Pleasanton, CA
27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals, June 29 - July 1, Des Moines, IA
Goodguys 21st PPG Nationals, July 6-8, Columbus, OH
26th Summit Lone Star Nationals, September 28-30, Ft Worth, TX

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.

 

2017 Winner: Rob Roberts' 1971 Chevy Camaro

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Goodguys 2018 Scotts Hot Rods TRUCK OF THE YEAR - EARLY (through ‘66)

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

18th Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals, April 6-8, Del Mar, CA
4th North Carolina Nationals, April 27-29, Raleigh, NC
13th Nashville Nationals, May 11 & 12, Nashville, TN
27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals, June 29 - July 1, Des Moines, IA
32nd West Coast Nationals, August 24-26, Pleasanton, CA
21st Colorado Nationals, September 8-9, Loveland, CO
26th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals, September 28-30, Ft Worth, TX
29th Fuelcurve.com Autumn Get-Together, November 10 & 11, Pleasanton, CA*

*Finalists Chosen at these shows will be added to the list of 2019 Truck of the Year Early finalists

Who’s Eligible: Trick trucks through 1966 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-’66 tricked-out truck.

 

2017 Winner: Ed Sears 1941 Ford Pick Up

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Goodguys 2018 LMC Truck Parts TRUCK OF THE YEAR - LATE (’67 through ‘87)

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

9th Spring Nationals, March 16-18, Scottsdale, AZ
18th Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals, April 6-8, Del Mar, CA
26th East Coast Nationals, July 8 & 9, Rhinebeck, NY
27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals, June 29 - July 1, Des Moines, IA
Goodguys 21st PPG Nationals, July 6-8, Columbus, OH
26th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals, September 28-30, Ft Worth, TX
25th Southeastern Nationals, October 19 & 20, Charlotte, NC*
29th Fuelcurve.com Autumn Get-Together, November 10 & 11, Pleasanton, CA*

*Finalists Chosen at these shows will be added to the list of 2019 Truck of the Year Late finalists.

Who’s Eligible: Trick trucks 1967 through 1987 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 ’67 through ’87 vintage tricked-out truck.

 

2017 Winner: Randy Marston's 1966 Chevy C-10

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