The special ceremony began by announcing the five finalists for each award. Finalists for the Street Rod of the Year were Bill Allen’s ’32 Ford coupe, Dana Elrod’s ’36 Ford roadster, Mark and Dennis Mariani’s ’29 Ford Tudor sedan, Robert Anderson’s ’36 Pontiac sedan, and Tim Devlin’s ’33 Ford coupe. The lineup included a Great 8 finalist for the Ridler Award, an AMBR contender, and the winner of the 2017 SEMA Show Battle of the Builders.
When the enveloped was opened, Mark and Dennis Mariani’s ’29 Model A Tudor was named Goodguys 2018 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year. Built by Troy Trepanier and Adam Banks at Rad Rides by Troy, the sleek hand-crafted sedan is a reimagining of a Model A that’s shorter, lower and much more stylized, with a distinctive wrap-under grille. It rides on a one-off chassis with adjustable front and rear torsion bar suspensions and custom-machined 19- and 20-inch wheels. Power comes from an aluminum small-block Chevy backed by a five-speed.
The Goodguys 2018 PPG Street Machine of the Year finalist lineup consisted of the Ringbrothers’ ’72 Javelin built for Prestone, Stuart Adams’ ’69 Camaro, Vic Buraglio’s ’69 Charger, Mark Berger’s ’65 Mustang, and Jeremy Miranda’s ’69 Camaro. Similar to the street rods, the finalists included a Great 8 Ridler contender, not to mention a Goodguys Gold Award winner from the 2017 SEMA Show.
The winner was revealed as Stuart Adams’ black ’69 Camaro, built by the craftsmen at Detroit Speed. A Great 8 finalist at the Detroit Autorama, there’s much more than meets the eye with this Camaro – the flawless black finish covers literally hundreds of subtle body modifications. Naturally, it has a Detroit Speed front subframe and QuadraLink rear, with one off chrome-plated 19- and 20-inch Forgeline wheels. It’s powered by a Kurt Urban-built LS2 topped with a Harrop supercharger and backed by a Bowler-built Tremec six-speed.
Goodguys would like to congratulate all contenders and finalists, as well as the owners and build teams for the winning cars. Watch for features on each vehicle this week on good-guys.com, as well as in the November issue of the Goodguys Gazette.