The results are in and we have some big winners! Four of the five regional Goodguys Top 12 award winners have been determined. The remaining 2017 Top 12 awards, the Scott’s Hot Rods Truck of the Year-Early and the F.A.S.T. AutoCrosser of the Year will be decided at the season ending Southwest Nationals November 17-19 at Westworld of Scottsdale.
All Goodguys Top 12 winning cars will be featured together at Southwest Nationals displayed alongside their Snap-on toolboxes and RACEDECK flooring. Here are the four winners!
Goodguys 2017 Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year
Winner: Bruce Leven – 1951 Ford
Leven’s radical 1951 Ford road merges his hot rodding and racing roots. It also is one of the most radical hybrid custom rods we have ever seen. Coach built at Auburn, Washington’s Wicked Fabrication, Leven’s car is modded to the max. It has been wedge-sectioned, has a “pancaked” roof, deleted bumpers (replaced with custom roll pans), and re-contoured wheel openings. A modified Art Morrison frame supports coilover front suspension and hand-fabbed IRS. Thousands of custom rivets are featured in the custom interior, and run all the way through the trunk. The engine bay is just as spectacular housing the 372 c.i. Lincoln V8 with modified Hilborn style EFI. It would take you an entire afternoon to look over this shoebox Ford to spot all the one off machined parts and pieces. From the Novi style wheels to the stance to the aircraft –inspired interior, this car is a masterpiece. Sadly, Bruce Leven passed away just weeks prior to the winning announcement. We send our condolences to his family and friends.
Goodguys 2017 Griot’s Garage Muscle Machine of the Year
Winner: Rob Roberts – 1971 Camaro
We first laid eyes on Rob Roberts’ 1971 Camaro at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas. It made quite an impression. We got to see it in action and in broad daylight at our 2017 PPG Nationals where it finished in the Top 5 for Street Machine of the Year. It has now broken through as the Muscle Machine of the Year – an honor most befitting of this mean machine built at Houston’s GAP Racing. Roberts wanted a ZRI Corvette wrapped in a second gen Camaro body and that’s precisely what GAP Racing delivered. DSE suspension, JRi shocks, HRE wheels, Baer brakes and Nitto red stripe tires give it massive grip. The hopped up 750hp LS9 from a 2012 Corvette ZR1 provides all the ponies necessary while the Stitch Custom Designs interior equipped with a RacePak IQ3S gauge panel has the cockpit up to modern race car standards. Cloaked in brilliant blue from Painthouse this machine looks as good as it sounds. Quite frankly, it’s the slickest second-gen Camaro we have ever seen and we’ve seen plenty.
Goodguys 2017 MSD Muscle Car of the Year
Winner: Phil Mitchell – 1968 Yenko Camaro
Barn finds hold a special place in the heart of car enthusiasts and that’s where Phil Mitchell’s Camaro story begins. Only it wasn’t an American barn! This ’68 RS Yenko model was found behind a lightweight Ford Galaxie in a garage in Jolly Ol’ England. It was purchased and brought back to the states where it started life at Don Yenko’s dealership in Canonsburg, PA. After being horse-traded a number of times, it found its way to current owner and caretaker Phil Mitchell of Puyallup, Washington. Mitchell sent the car to Colorado’s Level One Restoration for the full treatment. What emerged is this spectacular Matador Red ’68 RS, 427c.i. powered beauty. All of the classic Yenko goodies are in their rightful place. The Muncie M-21 4-spoeed, 3.73:1-geared 12-bolt Posi rear end, to the 14×6-inch Pontiac rally wheels with Yenko caps and F-70-14 tires. Most of the black vinyl interior is original to the car, requiring only a thorough cleaning and detailing to be show ready. NOS parts were used to replace any damaged or missing pieces. Finding a replacement for the extremely rare original Yenko fiberglass hood was challenge. The Level One team actually had to split it in two and re-form it on a wooden buck to properly match the fender curve. The balance of the body was restored and massaged smooth before paint. The resulting jewel floored the selection committee to take Muscle Car of the Year honors.
Goodguys 2017 LMC Truck of the Year Late
Winner: Randy Marston – 1966 Chevy C/10
When Canadian Randy Marston and Iowa’s Roger Burman team up on a build, good things follow. You might remember Marston’s black ’35 Ford coupe which took home Street Rod d’Elegance honors back in 2015. They’re back this year with “Unruly” – a radically remade ’66 C/10. According to Burman, the truck bed alone has more metal work than some of his entire builds. The cab, hood, custom grille and front end and other exterior panels, in typical Burman fashion, were all massaged with killer mods. Under the pancaked hood is a truly unruly Kenne Bell-supercharged LS7 pumping out 850hp dressed in Clayton Machine Works valve covers, Holley EFI, along with other fancy brightwork and machined pieces. Roadster Shop went above and beyond with Unruly’s chassis building a trick cantilevered independent rear suspension, which Marston shows off by raising the bed floor. The silver exterior is enhanced with contrasting tones of red and gray which extend into the cab’s interior stitched by Dan Weber. Other interior highlights include a custom dash, late model Chevy console, Dakota Digital gauges and burl wood accents. With its blend of artfully crafted aesthetics and mega power, Unruly rules the day.