The votes are tallied and the results are in! We are proud to announce five of the Goodguys 2018 Top 12 award winners. These awards are what we call the “regional” Top 12, as each of these winners was selected from a pool of national award finalists.
Goodguys 2018 Scott’s Hot Rods Truck of the Year – Early
Winner – Danielle Lutz, Moscow, PA, ’34 Ford Pickup
Selected as a Truck of the Year-Early finalist at the Nashville Nationals, Danielle’s pretty pickup, designed and built by Jason Graham Hot Rods, created a stir when it made its debut at the Detroit AutoRama grabbing a Pirelli Great 8 award. The engine threw a curveball at many due to the trick finned valve covers resembling a mystery motor. But under them is a 347c.i. small block Ford by Blueprint Engines. A radical 4-inch chop, channeled body, flush-fit doors, and a stretched cab give it massive curb appeal. The suspension is as trick as the rest of the car and those stellar wheels were designed by Graham and cut by Neely Precision. All in all a completely bitchin’ truck worthy of national honors.
Goodguys 2018 Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year
Winner – Greg Hrehovcsik, Alamosa, CO, ’57 Chevy
Greg Hrehovcsik’s sleek silver ’57 Chevy, dubbed “Imagine,” has been crowned Custom Rod of the Year. Finished over the last few years by Johnny’s Auto Trim and Rod Shop in Alamosa, Colorado, you might recognize this masterful Tri-five as the 2018 Ridler Award winner. The highly stylized body had no panel left untouched or unaltered. A chopped top, one-off windshield, custom hood, and a wedge-sectioned main body structure give it a radical yet stylish profile. Underneath all that massaged metal is a custom tubular chassis with custom IRS, custom-machined brake rotors, and one-off 19- and 20-inch Evod wheels that borrow design elements from ’57 Bel Air hubcaps. A twin-turbo 515c.i. big block Chevy built by Nelson Racing Engines powers the custom Chevy while the fully custom interior was handled in-house at Johnny’s Auto Trim. This mile-high masterpiece shows what is possible when restyling and remaking a classic.
Goodguys 2018 Griot’s Garage Muscle Machine of the Year
Winner – Vic Buraglio, Champaign, IL, ’69 Dodge Charger
Built as a tribute to his honeymoon car, Vic Buraglio’s white hot ’69 Dodge Charger by BBT Fab breaks all the rules of a late-’60s muscle car. Instead of a quarter-mile mauler or a straightaway speedster, this Charger is a legit Pro-Touring monster. A bevy of body mods include relocated wheel openings, handmade door skins, handmade hood, handmade custom bumpers, and body line deletes where appropriate. Bathed in PPG white, the car features a truckload of finely finished trim pieces courtesy of Advanced Plating. Yes it’s got a Hemi – a 426c.i. Gen III Hemi by Indy Cylinder Heads. The green interior is a variation of Vic’s old honeymoon car. Handling is courtesy of a Roadster Shop FAST TRACK chassis and those badass one-off spindle mount wheels are courtesy of Greening Auto Company. Mopar or no car said the selection committee!
Goodguys 2018 LMC Truck Parts Truck of the Year-Late
Winner – Alex Short, Bluffdale, UT, ’68 Chevrolet C10
In 2016, Utah’s Alex Short won SEMA Battle of the Builders (as well as a Goodguys Gold and Top 5 Street Machine of the Year finalist) with his wicked white ’69 Camaro by HS Customs. This year he’s back in a big way with this stylish and powerful ’68 Chevy C10 by DeCol’s Speed Shop. Designed by Matt Dyck, the two tone blue-and-white paint was laid down by Bodie Stroud Industries. Underneath the brilliant coat of custom paints are a slew of mods including a scratch-made bed, inner fenders and tubs, rolled rear pan, and custom exhaust exits. The rockers are centimeters off the ground courtesy of a boxed stock frame, Porterbuilt Extreme kit, and AccuAir E Level management system. Inside the Billet Specialties wheels are big Wilwood brakes. Motorvation is courtesy of a Magnuson-supercharged LS3 nestled into a scratch made engine bay. Ogden chrome handed the brightwork. The interior is just as spectacular as the rest of the hot hauler with a custom dash, console, and Hydes leather-covered seats stitched by JJ Upholstery. Alex’s new truck blends performance, style and brute power like no other.
Goodguys 2018 MSD Muscle Car of the Year
Winner – Brandie Broomhall, Calgary, CAN, ’69 Pontiac GTO Judge
Sometimes, American exports are in high demand. Case in point is Brandie Broomhall’s immaculate ’69 Ram Air III GTO Judge – a full restoration done by Classic Performance in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Brandie and her husband own and operate Classic Performance – one of North America’s premier restoration shops. The body underwent a rotisserie restoration before being painted in DuPont basecoat/clearcoat Carousel Red by T&S Custom Paint. Under the hood, the 400c.i. RA III engine was returned to factory stock: Quadrajet, points distributor, factory Ram Air III cast headers, reproduction exhaust, and functioning hood scoops. The Muncie M20 wide-ratio four-speed transmission is connected to a Pontiac 3.55:1-geared Safe-T-Trac rearend. The rebuilt frame features stock disc brakes in the front, drums in the rear, while JA-code Rally II wheels host Goodyear Polyglas G70-14 (blackwall, only the on the Judge) tires. The interior received the same meticulous restoration. The dash, for example, was stripped, blasted, recovered with new foam and vacu-formed vinyl. Factory Rally gauges were restored. The steering column is topped by the custom sport wheel option. A Hurst shifter with a Judge T-handle resides in the restored console. Heat-sealed, Madrid-grain vinyl in parchment covers restored seats. It really doesn’t get any better than this for muscle purists no matter what side of the border you’re on!
Photos by Goodguys, Mike Harrington, John Jackson, and Terry Lysak