Goodguys Nation! We’d like to take this opportunity to share our Goodguys Top 12 Cars of the Year! Each year throughout the country – the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association picks 12 top award winning cars in 12 different categories. These are the best of the best – our signature award winners from the 2012 season! If you’re wondering why there are only 11 pictures it’s because the 1937 Lincoln Zephyr of James Hetfield won two of the 12 awards.
America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod – Garry & Dania Crawford of El Dorado, Kansas are the proud owners of this 1940 Chevrolet Coupe. The car was named “America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod” at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals in August. Built by Mike Keller and his team at Big Creek Restoration in Ellis, Kansas the ’40 Chevy features an Art Morrison chassis, 480 horsepower Chevy LS3 engine, PPG Cinnamon Candy over Copper paint and wheels designed by Chip Foose.
Custom Rod of the Year – This radically customized 1955 Ford Thunderbird is owned by Dwayne Peace of Tyler, Texas. It won the Goodguys 2012 Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year Crown this fall. Designed by his sons Jonathan and Matthew with finish work by Greening Auto Company, Peace’s Thunderbird combines impeccable new-era craftsmanship and materials with a 50’s icon. The motor is a twin-turbocharged small block Chevy. It features deep red lacquer with rich brown leather upholstery in the mold of a Ferrari. This car won one of hot rodding’s top prizes back in March when it captured the prestigious Ridler award at the Detroit Autorama. Photo courtesy of Matthew Peace
Hot Rod of the Year – Tom Gloy’s 1932 Ford hi-boy roadster was named Goodguys 2012 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year at the Goodguys Speedway Nationals in September at the Indy Motor Speedway. Gloy, a former Indycar and Trans Am Racer turned to San Francisco’s Roy Brizio to build the car. It features a Brizio chassis, torsion bar suspension, channeled body, ET wheels and a 302-inch Ford V8 with Hilborn injection. Photo courtesy of John Jackson
Kustom of the Year and West Coast Custom of the Year – Heavy Metal abounds with James Hetfield’s 1937 Lincoln Zephyr custom. Metallica’s front man tabbed friend and stylist Rick Dore to help craft the sleek custom coupe. Not only did it win the Goodguys 2012 Mother’s West Coast Custom of the Year award in March – it came back late in the year to be named the Goodguys 2012 Grundy World Wide Insurance Kustom of the Year. Darryl Hollenbeck’s Vintage Color Studio applied the Candy Apple Red paint. The original Lincoln flathead V-12 remains intact rebuilt and refreshed by H&H Flatheads. Wheel Vintiques made the 16-inch artillery style chrome wheels featuring hand-lettered Zephyr hubcaps.
Muscle Car of the Year – Rare doesn’t even begin to describe the 1970 Pontiac GTO “Judge” of Pella, Iowa’s Norm Vos. One of only 73 ever made, the rare Judge has the Ram Air IV engine with a TH400 transmission and a 4:33-geared 10-bolt rear end. It marked the first time a Pontiac has ever won the Goodguys/Hemming’s Muscle Car of the Year award. Photo courtesy of Norm Vos.
Muscle Machine of the Year – Combining impeccable build quality with extreme performance is this 1971 Camaro owned by Dave Leisinger of Wall Lake, South Dakota – winner of the Goodguys 2012 Intro Wheels Muscle Machine of the Year award. Built by Roger Burman, the silver beast has been radically redesigned with a pie cut and wedge sectioned nose, chopped top, re-skinned roof and a widened rear end. A Warren Johnson-built 500 cubic inch LSR engine puts down untold amounts of horsepower. It features a Morrison chassis with Penske coilover shocks. The paint is PPG Porsche Silver. Photo courtesy of Robert McGaffin Photo http://www.mcgaffinphoto.com/
Street Machine of the Year – Well known for their ability to transform Mustang’s into modern masterpieces, the Ringbrothers have set the bar even higher with Gary Bowers 1965 Mustang named “Producer.” The car unanimously won the Goodguys 2012 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year award in July at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH. The body was widened four inches (two inches on each side rather than cut down the middle), the rockers extended, there’s a full belly-pan underneath and both the hood and roof are carbon-fiber – signature Ringbrothers touches. Under the hood is high compression Keith Craft-built 427 cubic inch stroker based on the 351 Windsor small block making 740hp crank horsepower. The matt finish three-piece wheels designed by Ringbrothers were built by Forgeline. Baer Brakes, Afco shocks and a suspension consisting of front tubular A-arms and a Watts link set up in the rear give it razor sharp handling. The car gets its name from Bowers’ Waynesburg, Pennsylvania based Producer Supply Company.
Street Rod d’Elegance – John Coenen’s “Laid Back” ‘37 Ford sedan won the Goodguys 2012 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance award this spring in Del Mar, California. A quick glance at the sleek sedan reveals the sheer volume of modifications it possesses. The A-pillars are laid back 3 inches, the back of the car has been laid forward 4 inches, the hood is pancaked and the body wedge cut. The curved rear flush mounted back glass adds an air of modern design as does the curved one piece windshield. The car’s underpinnings include a Morrison chassis, Boyd Coddington wheels and a 5.4 liter supercharged modular Ford engine extracted from a Ford Lightning truck. Dominator Performance and Charlie Hutton’s Color Studio get credit for creating this radical ’37 Ford.
Street Rod of the Year – Dave Walsh’s ’32 Ford Victoria won the coveted Goodguys 2012 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year award at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus. Built by Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop in Louisville, Tennessee, the timeless beauty features a rich PPG Deltron black coat and sits just right on an Alloway chassis. The signature Alloway big & little polished wheels were cut by Billet Specialties and the car gets its perfect rake courtesy of Pete & Jake 4 bar suspension with a 5-inch dropped axle. The So Cal Speed Shop functional fakes offer a nostalgic flare but there’s nothing vintage about the thumping 502-inch big block mated to a Tremec 5 speed. Inside the cabin is a painted burl wood dash with garnish molding and a custom leather interior by Steve Holcomb’s Pro Auto.
Truck of the Year (Early) – This is the Goodguys 2012 Street Rod Headquarters Truck of the Year-Early – Frank & Mary Lawrence’s ’48 Chevy pickup. Built by Rodger Lee’s Ironworks Speed & Kustom in Bakersfield, California, the truck features a chopped top, lengthened doors and sectioned body. In fact, the truck has over 80 body modifications! It sits on a custom chassis by Ironworks with Wilwood brakes and Schott wheels. Power is courtesy of a hard charging 376ci LSX with a Magnuson supercharger. Photo courtesy of Rick Amado www.rickamado.com
Truck of the Year (Late) – Amy Melton’s two-tone ’55 Chevy pickup from Texas won the Goodguys 2012 LMC Truck Parts Truck of the Year-Late award in October. Her bow tie pickup has a sectioned and extended cab, custom grille and front bumper, a pie cut hood and a trick Nomad tailgate on the handmade bed. It rides on a Torq’d Design chassis with suspension goodies from both Heidt’s and Ridetech along with Wilwood disc brakes. The big 502 cubic inch Chevy big block rumps like a rock & roll staccato beat through Street & Performance headers. Photo courtesy of Matthew Peace.