For custom car enthusiasts and stylists, this weekend’s 35th All American Get-Together in Pleasanton is all about the Goodguys 2017 Street Rod Headquarters Custom of the Year award. The spacious Young California Building was stacked full of killer customs from around the Western U.S. Every car inside the building was eligible for a Top 5 finalist spot for Sunday’s big ceremony.
The Custom of the Year award is the first Goodguys Top 12 award of the year so the anticipation is palpable! Award criteria states that all customs parked inside the YCB between the years of 1936-1972 are eligible to win. This award is designed to honor an exceptional custom car and is open to all genres and styles of customs from traditional to radical to modern.
As you can see from the top 5 finalists below, we had a deep and contentious field! Tomorrow morning, the top five will be displayed on the main lawn area concours-style before the final awards ceremony at 3:33pm (time subject to change).
Goodguys 2017 Street Rod Headquarters Custom of the Year Finalists:
Mike & Marcia McAuliff, Moraga, CA – 1940 Ford Deluxe Fordor Custom
Built at East Bay Speed & Custom, Mike & Marcia McAuliffe’s “Second Time Around” ’40 Ford fordor is a throwback ‘60s custom. Builders Brandon Flaner and Aaron Groesbeck have made a name for themselves by preserving, restoring and customizing pre-war Ford’s and Chevys. The color here is 1950 Mercury Everglade and how sweet it is! Body mods include rounded door and trunk corners, decked ’41 Studebaker taillights, smoothed rear skirts and a ’41 Ford gas filler. Under the hood is a 293 c.i. flathead (the block has been painted mint green) built and prepped by Rick Hall. Bob Devine stitched up the Naugahyde tuck & roll upholstery. Those original National flipper hubcaps are as old school custom as it gets!
Brandon Penserini, American Canyon, CA – 1936 Ford Roadster
Built by Penserini’s own hand at his Altissimo Restorations near Napa, California, this 1936 Ford roadster was built in the Henry Westergard tradition. While its custom Westergard style Nash grill surround is handmade, there are plenty of other custom cues at play here. It started life as a 5 window coupe then made into the roadster you see here. Brandon then added a second “gentleman’s trunk”, custom skirts, custom Caddy hood sides, chopped down custom windshield frame and a one-off walnut burl dash. The steering wheel, dash insert and knobs are all pearl done by Australia’s PearlCraft. Chris Plante stitched up the Mahagony leather interior. It sounds vintage too, thanks to the 8BA Flathead Ford behind those custom Cad hood sides. AccuAir ride control gives it its stance. The Ivory Spies Hecker finish was laid down by Brandon
Ron Maier, Hillsboro, Oregon – 1957 Chevrolet Nomad
Named the “Shomad” – Ron Maier’s 1957 Nomad is the latest metal masterpiece to roll out of Oregon’s A & M Deluxe Customs. Sitting on a modified Art Morrison chassis with custom Dutchman IRS, it’s got a raucous 427 c.i. LS7 with a 4L80E trans. But not just any LS. It’s fully dressed in chrome with custom valve covers sitting in a delicious pearl gold custom engine bay. Body mods are numerous on the Shomad including a 2-inch chop, raised fender openings, rocker moldings, and restyled body lines. The hatch is one piece and both fore and aft bumpers have been restyled. Handmade items abound and include the firewall, inner fenders, core support, hood scoop, engine bay, SS grille, grille bar, grille surround, perimeter belly pans and more if you can imagine it. The striking paint is a special House of Kolor blend of golds and subtle green candies. The customization runs through the interior with a custom dash and instrument cluster, which transitions into the console. Gabe Lopez upholstered the Nomad featuring Irish Cream seats, Mocha leather, and copper piping. More like Whoamad!
Jerry Logan, Hillsboro, Oregon – 1960 Cadillac
Styled and built by Kindig-It during the “Bitchin’ Rides” television show, Jerry Logan’s 1960 Cadillac DeVille coined the “Copper Caddy” can’t stay out of the Top 5 wherever it goes! It was chosen as a Goodguys 2016 Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year finalist last season but its back for a second tour landing in the Top 5 here in Pleasanton. The Caddy rides on an Art Morrison chassis and the 4-inch chopped body is coated in PPG Candy Brandy paint. All the trim and chrome was hand-built and a custom leather cabin was done up by JS Custom Interiors. One-off billet wheels were designed for Logan’s Caddy by EVOD Industries with faux whitewall tire painted into the actual wheels. Powering the Cad is a monstrous GM Performance ZL1 454 Ram Jet limited-spec engine with custom headers and exhaust system all beautifully topped with a one-of-a-kind body color intake with copper bullet accents. Too kool!
Fred & Melanie Orr, Redlands, CA – 1960 Buick Le Sabre Convertible
Cloaked is House of Kolor gold, the Orr’s radical Buick convertible (more like a roadster) was customized by JH Restorations in Riverside. If this one looks longer it is! Stretched 8-inches, it features radically frenched headlights, taillights and all of that trim and those moldings are brass, made by hand. The custom “parade boot” rear tonneau flows into the white leather Ron Mangus interior and a radical console that runs the length of the car. Under the hood, the 401c.i. Nailhead V8 is bathed in copious chrome. Those might look like original Buick hubcaps but they are actually custom three-piece wheels designed by Fred himself and cut by Mike Curtis of Curtis Speed. Long and low is the way to go!