2015 Top 12


Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is proud to present the 2015 “Top 12” awards! These special awards recognize the nation’s finest cars and trucks as well as the best AutoCross racer in the land. New this year is a change to the selection process of the Muscle Machine category. The seven regional finalists for the Muscle Machine of the Year award are now required to attend the 18th Southwest Nationals November 20-22 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the overall winner will then be selected on Saturday, November 21. The finalists for Muscle Machine of the Year must be present in Scottsdale to be eligible to win.

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 and Custom of the Year will be selected at their traditional events. For these awards, the selection committee will be made up of industry experts and Goodguys staff members. Each member of the selection committee places his picks in order of preference. His 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.

The Truck of the Year (early – through ’52) Truck of the Year (late – ’53 through ’72), Muscle Car of the Year and Custom Rod of the Year will be selected by using the regional “finalist” method. Muscle Machine finalists will be required to attend the 18th Southwest Nationals, November 20-22 in Scottsdale, Arizona. 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 award winners will receive: National bragging rights, a beautiful billet aluminum award, a custom-wrapped Snap-on Tool Box, a full color feature in the Goodguys Gazette and Yearbook, an announcement on good-guys.com and an exclusive invitation and travel accommodations to the season-ending Goodguys 18th Southwest Nationals, November 20-22 in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Event Specific "Top 12" Awards




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2014 Winner - James Hetfield’s Black Pearl
Goodguys 2015 CUSTOM OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 33rd All American Get-Together, March 28 & 29, 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 33rd 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).




srde152014 Winner - Wes and Vivian Rydell’s 1935 Chevy Phaeton Goodguys 2015 March Performance STREET ROD D’ ELEGANCE

Selected at: 15th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, April 10-12, 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 15th 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.




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2014 Winner - Tony Lombardi’s 1931 Model A Ford
Goodguys 2015 Tank’s HOT ROD OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 2nd Indy Nationals, June 5-7, Indianapolis, IN

Who’s Eligible: Hot Rods 1948 and earlier.

How to Enter: Cars interested in competing for this award need to enter the “Hot Rod of the Year” staging area, Friday, June 5 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. sharp. The hot rods will then take an approximately 100-mile road-trip cruise around Indianapolis including a lap around Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a 1/8th mile drag strip fun run at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Times and speeds posted during the drag-and-brag will not determine the overall winner but style points do count. Following Friday’s road trip and drag-and-brag, five finalists will be selected and displayed together for the rest of the weekend. The overall winner will be announced Sunday, June 7 during the event award ceremony.

Basic Criteria: It makes noise; it’s regularly street-driven, has a mean attitude and screams the words “Hot Rod.” No cream puffs!




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2014 Winner - Don Smith’s 1932 Ford Fordor
Goodguys 2015 Classic Instruments STREET ROD OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 18th PPG Nationals, July 10-12, Columbus, OH

Who’s Eligible: Street rods through 1948 vintage

How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the “Cardinal Lot” area Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 by 10 a.m. at the Ohio Expo Center to be eligible for the 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.




smoy152014 Winner - Steve Tornari’s 1967 Nova





Goodguys 2015 Optima Batteries STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 18th Goodguys PPG Nationals, July 10-12, Columbus, OH

Who’s Eligible: Street machines 1954 through 1972 vintage

How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the “Cardinal Lot” Area on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 by 10 a.m., as well as participate in a two-lap Goodguys AutoCross on the afternoon of Friday, July 10 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 that combines masterful build quality with extreme performance. 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.




ambsr152014 Winner - Kevin and Angie Bischoff’s 1936 Dodge Goodguys 2015 Flowmaster AMERICA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL STREET ROD

Selected at: 29th West Coast Nationals, August 21-23, Pleasanton, CA

Who’s Eligible: Street rods through 1948 vintage.

How to Enter: All candidates must park in the “Builders Choice” parking area on Saturday, August 22 from 7 a.m.-noon. Finalists will be chosen from this area only.

Basic Criteria: This is simply a beauty contest. The most beautiful car will be chosen.




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2014 Autocrosser of the Year - Brian Hobaugh’s 1965 Corvette
Goodguys 2015 AUTOCROSSER OF THE YEAR

Selected at: 18th Southwest Nationals, November 20-22, Scottsdale, AZ

Award overview: The fastest car and driver at every 2015 Goodguys National Event AutoCross will be entered as a finalist for the Goodguys 2015 AutoCross Finals Shootout. The Finals Shootout will be held Saturday, November 21 during the Goodguys 18th Southwest Nationals at WestWorld in Scottsdale. Saturday’s Shootout winner will be crowned AutoCrosser of the Year.

Who’s Eligible: AutoCross entries 1972 and earlier from any one of the four Goodguys AutoCross classes (PRO Class, Street Machine ’55-’72, Hot Rod ’54 and older, and Trucks through ’72).

How to Enter: Compete and log the fastest time of the event during any 2015 National event featuring a Goodguys AutoCross. Or, race your way into the Shootout during a qualifying day on Friday, November 20 in Scottsdale.

Shootout and AutoCross Rules: All cars must be 1972 and earlier.  



Regional


*All Regional Top 12 award winners will be announced Friday, October 9 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 18th Southwest Nationals November 20-22 in Scottsdale, Arizona. If a potential winner is not eligible to attend Scottsdale, the second choice in that category will be declared the winner.

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2014 Winner - Bill Raper’s 1954 Pontiac
Goodguys 2015 Vintage Air CUSTOM ROD OF THE YEAR

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events: 6th Spring Nationals, March 13-15, Scottsdale, AZ • 5th Spring Lone Star Nationals, March 20-22, Fort Worth, TX • 15th Del Mar Nationals, April 10-12, Del Mar, CA • 10th Nashville Nationals, May 15-17, Nashville, TN • 2nd Indy Nationals, June 5-7, Indianapolis, IN • 24th Heartland Nationals, July 3-5, Des Moines, IA • 18th Colorado Nationals, September 11-13, 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 Builders 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.




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2014 Winner - John Hill’s 1969 L89 Chevelle
Goodguys 2015 Rocket Racing Wheels MUSCLE CAR OF THE YEAR

A finalist will be selected at each 2015 Goodguys National event from: the 6th Spring Nationals in Scottsdale through the 23rd Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth, as well as the 22nd Summer Get-Together in Pleasanton. The winner will be selected from all 16 finalists at these events.

*The Charlotte and Scottsdale Fall finalists will be added to the list of 2016 MCOY finalists. Who’s Eligible: Muscle cars of all makes 1960 through 1972

How to Enter: Park in the Mighty Muscle or Indoor display (where applicable) area at any Goodguys 2015 National event from the Spring Nationals in Scottsdale through the Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth (through ’72) as well as the 22nd Summer Get-Together in Pleasanton.

Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor an original factory stock or original fully restored muscle car of superb quality.




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2014 Winner - Dominick Farbo’s 1965 Mustang


Goodguys 2015 Grundy Worldwide Insurance MUSCLE MACHINE OF THE YEAR

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events: 6th Spring Nationals, March 13-15, Scottsdale, AZ • 15th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, April 10-12, Del Mar, CA • 1st North Carolina Nationals, April 17-19, Raleigh, NC (new event) • 10th Nashville Nationals, May 15-17, Nashville, TN • 2nd Indy Nationals, June 6-7, Indianapolis, IN • 24th Heartland Nationals, July 3-5, Des Moines, IA • 23rd Lone Star Nationals, October 2-4, Fort Worth, TX

The seven regional finalists for the Muscle Machine of the Year award must attend the 18th Southwest Nationals November 20-22 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the overall winner will then be selected on Saturday, November 21.

Who’s Eligible: Muscle Machines 1960 through 1972 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.




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2014 Winner - Art Varrath’s 1929 Model A Ford roadster pickup

Goodguys 2015 Street Rod Headquarters TRUCK OF THE YEAR (EARLY) (through ‘52)

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events: 15th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, April 10-12, Del Mar, CA • 1st North Carolina Nationals, April 17-19, Raleigh, NC (new event) • 10th Nashville Nationals, May 15-17, Nashville, TN • 24th Heartland Nationals, July 3-5, Des Moines, IA • 29th West Coast Nationals, August 21-23, Pleasanton, CA • 18th Colorado Nationals, September 11-13, Loveland, CO • 23rd Lone Star Nationals, October 2-4, Fort Worth, TX.

Who’s Eligible: Trick trucks through 1952 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-’53 tricked-out truck.




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2014 Winner - Gary Brown’s 1957 Chevy pickup
Goodguys 2015 LMC Trucks Parts TRUCK OF THE YEAR LATE (’53 through ‘72)

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events: 6th Spring Nationals, March 13-15, Scottsdale, AZ, 15th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, April 10-12, Del Mar, CA, 2nd Indy Nationals, June 5-7, IN • 24th Heartland Nationals, July 3-5, Des Moines, IA •18th PPG Nationals, July 10-12, Columbus, OH 23rd Lone Star Nationals, October 2-5, Fort Worth, TX • *22nd Southeastern Nationals, October 30-31 & November 1, Charlotte, North Carolina

*The Charlotte finalist will be carried over to the 2016 competition.

Who’s Eligible: Trick trucks 1953 through 1972 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 ’53 through ’72 vintage tricked-out truck.