Our Most Coveted Awards

The Annual Top 12

Our Most Coveted Awards

The Annual Top 12

The 2020

TOP 12

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is proud to present the 2020 "Top 12" awards! These special awards recognize the nation's finest cars and trucks as well as the best AutoCross racer in the land.

All Top 12 award Winners receive:

National bragging rights

Beautiful billet aluminum award

Full color feature in the Goodguys Gazette and Yearbook

Special feature on our website and on FuelCurve.com

Hot Rod Halo Stanchion, Meguiar's car care products and RaceDeck Flooring

Exclusive invitation and travel accommodations to the season-ending Goodguys 23rd Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, AZ

Event Specific Awards

  • The Street Rod of the Year
  • Street Machine of the Year
  • Hot Rod of the Year
  • Street Rod d' Elegance
  • America's Most Beautiful
  • Custom of the Year
  • AutoCrosser of the Year

The selection committee for these awards are made up of industry experts and Goodguys staff members. Each member of the selection committee places their picks in order of preference. The 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.

Regional Awards

  • Custom Rod of the Year (36-72)
  • Truck of the Year Late ('60 through '87)
  • Truck of the Year Early (through - '59)
  • Muscle Machine of the Year (60-87)
  • Muscle Car of the Year (60-87)

These awards will be selected by using the regional "finalist" method. 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.

Event Specific "Top 12" Awards

Street Rod Headquarters

CUSTOM OF THE YEAR - Custom Cars 1936 thru 1972 vintage

Digital Selection for 2020

Deadline for entries - Friday October 2

Top 5 announced - Friday October 9

Winner announced - Friday October 16

Entries already registered for All American Get Together are eligible

2020 Winner - Jeffrey Hess's 1956 Oldsmobile 98

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March Performance

STREET ROD D’ ELEGANCE - Street Rods thru 1948 vintage

2020 Winner - Dave Gonzales - 1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe

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TANK'S

HOT ROD OF THE YEAR - Hot Rods thru 1948 vintage

2020 Winner - Norm Bradley's 1932 Ford Five Window

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Classic Instruments

STREET ROD OF THE YEAR WINNER

Selected at: Goodguys 29th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals, July 3-5

2020 Winner - Nathan Powell's 1932 Ford Sedan

Street Machine of the Year Winner

PPG

2020 STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR WINNER

Selected at: 29th Speedway Heartland Nationals, July 3-5, 2020

2020 Winner - Chris McPhie's 1969 Camaro

Street Machine of the Year Winner

BASF

AMERICA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL

All Street Rods, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Muscle Machines, Customs, Trucks eligible 

Digital Selection for 2020

Deadline for entries - Friday October 9

Top 5 announced - Friday October 16

Winner announced - Friday October 23

All finalists from HROTY, COTY and SRDE Automatically entered in Competition   

2019 Winner - George Poteet’s ’36 Ford

2020 Top 5 "America's Most Beautiful" Finalists

Custom of the Year
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Brandi Laird 1934
Ford Roadster

Builder: Adams Hot Rod Shop
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Tim Wheeler
1969 Camaro

Builder: Steve Cook Creations
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Bob & Elaine Matranga
1955 Chevy

Builder: Matranga Hot Rods
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Ray Dunham
1939 Lincoln Zephyr

Builder: Steve Wilk / Wilkworx
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Fred DeFalco
1954 Buick Century

Builder: Church Rosenrelics

FAST

AUTOCROSSER OF THE YEAR

Scottsdale November 20-22, 2020

32 car field of fastest cars from Friday and Saturday qualifying

Eliminations start Saturday at 2pm

Winner announced at 4pm Saturday

2019 AutoCrosser of the Year - Scott Fraser in Bruce Cambern’s 1966 Shelby Cobra

Regional "Top 12" Awards

Vintage Air

CUSTOM ROD OF THE YEAR

2020 Finalist will roll to 2021

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:

Who’s eligible: Custom rods 1949 through 1972 vintage.

2019 Winner - Randy Wilcox's 1959 Cadillac Coupe deVille

RaceDeck

MUSCLE CAR OF THE YEAR

2019 & 2020 Finalist will roll to 2021

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:

Who’s eligible: Muscle Cars of all makes 1960 through 1987.

2019 Winner - Charles Donaldson's 1970 Mercury Cougar

Griot's Garage

MUSCLE MACHINE OF THE YEAR

This Award will be postponed to 2021 / 2020 Finalist will roll to 2021

2020 Finalist will roll to 2021

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:

Who’s eligible: Muscle Machines 1960 through 1987 vintage

2019 Winner - Sonny Freeman’s 1965 Chevelle

Scott's Hot Rods

TRUCK OF THE YEAR - EARLY (through ‘59)

2019 & 2020 Finalist will roll to 2021

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:

Who’s eligible: Trick trucks 1959 and earlier

2019 Winner - Danny Bouchard's 1958 Ford F100

LMC Truck Parts

TRUCK OF THE YEAR - LATE (’60 through ‘87)

2019 & 2020 Finalist will roll to 2021

A finalist will be selected at each of the following events:

Who’s eligible: Trick trucks ’60 through ’87

2019 Winner - Scott & Sherrie Cooper's 1970 Chevy El Camino

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