The Next Generation Award

Showcasing & Celebrating The Future Of Our Industry!

2022 Winner: Conner Wicks and his 1967 Chevy G10 van

The Next Generation Award

Showcasing & Celebrating The Future Of Our Industry!

2022 Winner: Conner Wicks and his 1967 Chevy G10 van

About The Goodguys


The Goodguys “Next Generation” Award presented by Goolsby Customs celebrates and showcases the accomplishments of car and truck builders 18-30. 

Created to encourage young builders to continue in the industry and to foster a field of talent which will sustain the hobby, the overall year-end Grand Prize Winner will receive prime placement alongside the Goodguys Top 12 Winners at the upcoming 26th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals, November 17-19, 2023 in Scottsdale, AZ.

How To Enter

On the Saturday morning of the event you are attending, make sure to check-in and park in the “Next Generation” Special Area at the show.  Upon checking in, you will be provided a card to fill-out to help inform our award selectors on the specifics of your build.  Make sure to fill the card out completely and legibly and place on your dash for easy viewing.  You are now officially part of the competition.

How Event Finalists Are Selected

If your vehicle is selected as one of the two semi-finalists for the event you are participating in, a Goodguys representative will notify you either in-person or by cell phone and provide you instructions on the next step, which will be to relocate your vehicle to a high-traffic staging area of the show where people can vote for their favorite of the two semi-finalists on social media (Facebook & Instagram). 

Both semi-finalists will need to return to the event the next morning and park their vehicles in the same staging area that they parked in on Saturday afternoon.  Prior to the Goodguys Awards Ceremony on Sunday afternoon, one “finalist” winner will be chosen based on a combination of social media voting and representatives from Goodguys & Goolsby Customs and they will be a part of the general Goodguys Awards Ceremony that same day.

From all (14) individual event “finalist” winners, one Grand Prize Winner will be chosen to bring their build to the 26th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals, November 17-19, 2023, where it will be showcased amongst the work of the top builders in the world.


Competition is open to the “Next Generation” of builders aged 18-30 at the time of the event. Participants must have worked directly and extensively on the build process and have intimate knowledge of the parts & accessories used.


Street Rods, Hot Rods, Trucks, Street Machines, Customs, Custom Rods and Muscle Cars through 1998 vintage at national events and through 2023 for Get-Together events.

What Does Each “Next Generation Award” Event Finalist Receive?

  1. “Next Generation Award” Custom Event Plaque.
  2. Photo in the Goodguys Gazette Magazine.
  3. A spot in the “Finalist” pool of individual event winners for a chance to be selected to display your vehicle at the 26th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals, November 17-19, 2023.

What Does The “Next Generation Award” Grand Prize Winner Receive?

  1. Your vehicle will be a prominently showcased in conjunction with our annual “Top 12 Cars & Trucks of the Year” display at the 26th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals, in Scottsdale, AZ, the weekend of November 17-19, 2023.
  2. Hotel Accommodations, travel allowance and weekend passes for the winner and a guest to the 26th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals
  3. Photos of you and your vehicle at the 26th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals in the Goodguys Gazette Magazine.
  4. Goodguys Merchandise & Apparel Package
  5. A full feature of your vehicle in the Goodguys Gazette and on
  6. Custom-Wrapped Snap-on Toolbox

Qualifying Events

  1. 32nd Fuel Curve Autumn Get-Together

  2. 25th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals

  3. 13th LMC Truck Spring Lone Star Nationals presented by TREMEC

  4. 13th FiTech Fuel Injection Spring Nationals presented by Grundy Insurance

  5. 39th Grundy Insurance All American Get-Together

  6. 22nd Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals

  7. 8th Griot’s Garage North Carolina Nationals

  8. 17th BASF Nashville Nationals

  9. 32nd Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals presented by BASF

  10. 25th Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG

  11. 35th Griot’s Garage Pacific Northwest Nationals

  12. 36th West Coast Nationals

  13. 25th Grundy Insurance Colorado Nationals, presented by Griot’s Garage

  14. 30th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals presented by BASF

Current Qualifiers:

2022 Autumn Get-Together

2022 Autumn Get-Together

Alvic Manzano - 1968 Ford Mustang

2022 Southwest Nationals

2022 Southwest Nationals

Harrison Wolfswinkle - 1990 GMC

2023 Spring Lone Star Nationals

2023 Spring Lone Star Nationals

Ben Elzinga - 1983 Ford F350

2023 Spring Nationals

2023 Spring Nationals

Charles Spencer - 1969 Chevy C10

2023 All-American Get Together

2023 All-American Get Together

James Cerepak - 1974 AMC Javelin X

2023 Del Mar Nationals

2023 Del Mar Nationals

Dylan Roeloffs - 1981 Chevy C10

2022 North Carolina Nationals

2023 North Carolina Nationals

Tyler Berry - 1962 Nova Wagon

2023 Nashville Nationals

2023 Nashville Nationals

Arther Ross - 1994 Chevy Camaro

2022 Heartland Nationals

2023 Heartland Nationals

Tyler Cermak - 1968 Ford F250
2023 Summit Racing Nationals

2023 Summit Racing Nationals

David Root - 1928 Ford

2022 Pacific Northwest Nationals

2023 Pacific Northwest Nationals

Kyle Grove - 1971 Chevy Nova

2022 Goodguys Nationals

2023 West Coast Nationals

Dustin Hallinan - 1969 Chevy Camaro SS
Logan Adkins 1965 Ford F100

2023 Colorado Nationals

Jimmie Nguyen - 1977 Chevy Malibu

2021 Lone Star Nationals

2023 Lone Star Nationals

Tyler Schneider - 1967 Chevy C10

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