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Our Most Coveted Awards

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Our Most Coveted Awards

Top 12 Logo
Presented By
BASF

About The Goodguys

TOP 12 presented by BASF

Every year, Goodguys recognizes 12 of the Nation's finest show cars, trucks, and builders. Ideally the vehicles competing for a title are fresh debuts pertinent to the current show year. These are known as the Goodguys Top 12 Awards.

Winners are recognized throughout the Goodguys Event Season leading up to the final showcase of the “Goodguys Top 12 "of the Year" Awards at the Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, AZ each November. All Top 12 winners are invited to attend the final awards ceremony, receive “Showcase Parking” during the event, earn special prizes from select Goodguys sponsors, the coveted Of The Year trophy at the event, featured inside and on the cover of the Goodguys Gazette, and featured in the year-end Goodguys Yearbook! #QUESTFOR12

How To Enter

There are two categories within the Top 12 Awards: "Event-Specific" and "Regional".

Event Specific Awards

Event Specific Awards include 6 award categories selected at six specific events throughout the year. These awards and events include:

  1. Street Rod D' Elegance presented by Meguiar's selected at Goodguys 23rd Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals presented by FiTech Fuel Injection, April 5-7, 2024, Del Mar, CA
  2. Hot Rod Of The Year presented by Tanks Inc. selected at Goodguys 18th BASF Nashville Nationals, May 17-19, 2024, Lebanon, TN
  3. Street Rod Of The Year presented by Classic Instruments selected at Goodguys 26th Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG, July 12-14, 2024, Columbus, OH
  4. Street Machine Of The Year presented by PPG selected at Goodguys 26th Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG, July 12-14, 2024, Columbus, OH
  5. Goodguys Most Bitchin' presented by BASF selected at 31st Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals pressented by BASF, September 27-29, 2024, Fort Worth, TX
  6. Trendsetter Of The Year winner announced at the 2024 SEMA Show during HRIA Banquet

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

Regional Awards include 6 award categories, where "finalists" are selected at a series of events. Finalists are then voted on by a committee and the winners announced on October 4th, 2024.

  1. Custom of The Year, presented by Fuel Curve
  2. Custom Rod Of The Year, presented by Vintage Air
  3. Muscle Car Of The Year, presented by Snap-On
  4. Muscle Machine Of The Year, presented by Griot's Garage
  5. Truck Of The Year Early (thru 1959), presented by LMC Truck
  6. Truck Of The Year Late (1960-1999), presented by Dakota Digital

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. Goodguys reserves the right to not make a finalist selection if a qualifying vehicle is not in attendance at any given event.

Event Specific "Top 12" Awards

2024 STREET ROD D' ELEGANCE

Eligibility: Street rods through 1948 vintage.

Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor a gorgeous, elegant street rod.

How to Enter: You must have your street rod entered in the indoor car show at the 23rd Del Mar Nationals presented by FiTech Fuel Injection. Finalists will be selected from the indoor car show only. Show us what you’re bringing! Use #GGSRDE24 on Instagram to get your ride on our radar!

Selected at: Goodguys 23rd Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals presented by FiTech Fuel Injection, April 5-7, 2024 , Del Mar, CA

Street Rod D'Elegance

2023 Winner

Street Rod D'Elegance

2022 Winner

Street Rod D'Elegance

2021 Winner

STREET ROD D’ ELEGANCE

2024 Winner - Ken Resiter’s 1932 Ford Phaeton| Built by Reister's Rod Shop & Squeeg's Kustoms

2024 HOT ROD OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: Hot Rods 1948 and earlier.

Basic Criteria: It makes noise; it’s regularly street-driven, has a mean attitude and screams the words “Hot Rod.” No cream puffs! ! No Trailer Queens, Hot Rods must have a minimum of 500 miles on the odometer before arriving to the event.

How to Enter: Friday, May 17th 9AM Sharp on pit road at Nashville Superspeedway. Show us what you’re bringing! Use #GGHROTY24 on Instagram to get your ride on our radar!

Selected at: Goodguys 18th BASF Nashville Nationals – May 17-19, 2024,  Lebanon, TN

Hot Rod of the Year

2023 Winner

Hot Rod of the Year

2022 Winner

Hot Rod of the Year

2021 Winner

Hot Rod of the Year

2024 Winner - Keith Hill's 1933 Ford Coupe | Built by Pinkee's Rod Shop

2024 STREET ROD OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: Street rods through 1948 vintage

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.

How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the Cardinal lot Friday, July 12th by 10am at the Ohio Expo Center to be eligible for Street Rod of the Year award. Contenders will park inside the Celeste Bldg. Friday & Saturday. Show us what you’re bringing! Use #GGSROTY24 on Instagram to get your ride on our radar!

Selected at: Goodguys 26th Summit Racing Nationals, presented by PPG, July 12-14, 2024, Columbus, OH

Street Machine Of The Year

2023 Winner

Street Rod of the Year

2022 Winner

Street Rod of the Year

2021 Winner

Street Rod of the Year Winner

2024 Winner - Bill Paul's 1934 Ford Pickup | Built by Vintage Fabrication

2024 STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: Street machines 1954 through 1999 vintage

Basic Criteria: This award is designed for a cutting-edge Street Machine which combines masterful build quality with extreme performance. Quality of craftsmanship, body & 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.

How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the Cardinal lot Friday, July 12th by 10am. Contenders will park inside the Celeste Bldg. Friday & Saturday. Show us what you’re bringing! Use #GGSMOTY24 on Instagram to get your ride on our radar!

Selected at: Goodguys 26th Summit Racing Nationals, presented by PPG, July 12-14, 2024, Columbus, OH

Street Machine Of The Year

2023 Winner

Street Machine Of The Year

2022 Winner

Street Machine Of The Year

2021 Winner

Street Machine of the Year Winner

2024 Winner - Ed Ganzinotti's 1968 Dodge Charger | Built by Classic Car Studio

2024 GOODGUYS MOST BITCHIN'

Eligibility: Street Rods, Hot Rods, Trick Trucks, Street Machines, Customs, Custom Rods and Muscle Cars through 1999 vintage.

Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor a truly bitchin’ modified vehicle, anything from a traditional-style hot rod or custom to a modern cutting-edge truck or street machine. The selection committee will look for innovation, attitude, and compelling design, in addition to quality of craftsmanship, body and paint, overall engineering, the three Fs (fit, form and functionality), stance, and overall creativity in concept.


How to Enter: All candidates must park in the “Builders Choice” Parking Area Saturday, September 28th from 7am-Noon. Finalists will be chosen from this area only. Show us what you’re bringing! Use #GGMB24 on Instagram to get your ride on our radar!

Selected at: 31st Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals presented by BASF – September 27-29, 2024, Fort Worth, TX

Goodguys Most Bitchin

2022 Winner

Goodguys Most Bitchin

2021 Winner

Goodguys Most Bitchin

2020 Winner

America's Most Beautiful

2023 Winner - David Pilgrim’s 1952 Chevy Suburban | Built by Johnson's Hot Rod Shop

2024 TRENDSETTER OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: Trendsetter Of The Year announced during HRIA Banquet at the 2024 SEMA Show. The winner must attend the 27th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals - November 22-24, 2024 and display a vehicle that best represents the shop and trendsetting modifications.

Selected at: 2024 SEMA Show during HRIA Banquet

AutoCrosser of the Year

2023 Winner - Bill Ganahl | South City Rod & Custom

Regional "Top 12" Awards

CUSTOM OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: Custom vehicles 1936 through 1965 vintage.

Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor an exceptional traditional custom vehicle.

How to Enter: Attend any of the events listed below in your traditional custom, park in the Builder’s 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 events listed.

Winner Announced: Friday, October 4th, 2024 based on a finalist selected at each of these qualifying events.

Custom Rod of the Year

2022 Winner

Custom Rod of the Year

2021 Winner

Custom Rod of the Year

2020 Winner

Event Locations

Current 2024 Qualifiers:

Custom of the Year

2024 Spring Nationals

Ron Hernandez - 1936 Ford Roadster
Custom of the Year

2024 North Carolina Nationals

Joe Siclari - 1961 Oldsmobile Super 88
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 All American Get Together

David Zocchi - 1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 Mid-Atlantic Nationals

Eddie Waples - 1952 Chevy Styleline Coupe
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 Del Mar Nationals

Brian Omatsu - 1951 Mercury
Custom Rod of the Year

2023 Winner - Cody Walls | 1949 Buick

CUSTOM ROD OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: Custom rods 1949 through 1972 vintage.

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.

How to Enter: Attend any of the events listed below in your custom rod, park in the Builder’s 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 nine events listed.

Winner Announced: Friday, October 4th, 2024 based on a finalist selected at each of these qualifying events.

Custom Rod of the Year

2022 Winner

Custom Rod of the Year

2021 Winner

Custom Rod of the Year

2019 Winner

Event Locations

Current 2024 Qualifiers:

Custom of the Year

2024 Spring Nationals

Randy Kohltfarber - 1959 Chrysler 300
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 Spring Lone Star Nationals

Alex Short - 1962 Lincoln Convertible
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 Del Mar Nationals

Dave Rush - 1959 Chevy Impala
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 Nashville Nationals

Gerry & Melinda Kennon - 1955 Chevy Nomad
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 North Carolina Nationals

Larry Debevec - 1957 Buick Caballero Estate Wagon
Muscle Car of the Year

2024 Mid-Atlantic Nationals

Meade Baldwin - 1961 Ford Starliner
Custom Rod of the Year

2023 Winner - George Eliacostas | 1960 Buick Invicta

 

MUSCLE CAR OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: Muscle Cars of all makes 1960 through 1987.

Basic Criteria: Designed to honor an original factory stock or original fully restored Muscle Car of superb quality.

How to Enter: Park in the Mighty Muscle Special Parking area or Indoor display (where applicable) at any Goodguys 2024 events listed below.

Winner Announced: Friday, October 4th, 2024 based on a finalist selected at each of these qualifying events.

Muscle Car Of The Year

2022 Winner

Muscle Car Of The Year

2021 Winner

Muscle Car Of The Year

2019 Winner

Event Locations

Current 2024 Qualifiers:

Custom of the Year

2024 Southwest Nationals

Jim Bazuik - 1969 Chevy Chevelle
Muscle Car of the Year

2024 North Carolina Nationals

David Clinkscales - 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner
Muscle Car of the Year

2024 Mid-Atlantic Nationals

Steve Hornbaker - 1969 Mercury Eliminator
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 Spring Nationals

Scott Johnson - 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 Spring Lone Star Nationals

Reggie Kopecky - 1967 Pontiac GTO
Muscle Car of the Year

2024 Del Mar Nationals

Wayne Fellandono - 1966 Chevy El Camino
Muscle Car of the Year

2024 Nashville Nationals

Bob Satterfield - 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS
Muscle Car of the Year

2023 Winner - Bob Leenstra | 1971 Plymouth Cuda

 

MUSCLE MACHINE OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: Muscle Machines 1960 through 1999 vintage

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

How to Enter: Attend one of the events listed below and complete at least three laps in the Goodguys AutoCross either on Friday (all day) or Saturday before noon. Lap times will not determine the overall winner, but style points do count! On Saturday, have your vehicle parked either in the AutoCross pits or the Builders Choice special parking area between 11am-2pm. Only cars parked in the AutoCross pit area or Builders Choice area and cars that have completed the three-lap AutoCross minimum will be eligible for this award.

All event award finalists must attend the 31st Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals presented by BASF - September 27- 29 and participate in a reliability run Friday September 27th that will also include 2 autocross laps, drag strip burnout and 1/8-mile pass, overall times won’t determine the winner, but style points count.

Overall Winner Selected At: Goodguys 31st Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals presented by BASF, September 27-29, Fort Worth, TX

Muscle Machine Of The Year

2022 Winner

Muscle Machine Of The Year

2021 Winner

Muscle Machine Of The Year

2019 Winner

Event Locations

Current 2024 Qualifiers:

Custom Rod of the Year

2024 Spring Nationals

Tim Kirby - 1964 Chevy Corvette
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 Nashville Nationals

Michael Salser - 1972 Chevy Camaro
Muscle Machine of the Year

2024 Del Mar Nationals

Jane Thurmond - 1964 Chevy Corvette
Muscle Machine of the Year

2024 Mid-Atlantic Nationals

Tom Schwenzer - 1990 Ford Mustang
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 North Carolina Nationals

Kenny Dillon - 1970 Ford Mustang
Muscle Car of the Year

2023 Winner - John Spanos | 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle

 

TRUCK OF THE YEAR - EARLY (through ‘59)

Eligibility: Trucks through 1959 vintage

Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor an outstanding pre-’60 tricked-out truck.

How to Enter: Attend any of the eleven events listed above and park in the LMC Trick Truck Corral, the Builder’s Choice or Indoor display area (where applicable) to have a chance to be selected as a finalist!

Winner Announced: Friday, October 4th, 2024 based on a finalist selected at each of these qualifying events.

Truck of the Year Early

2022 Winner

Truck of the Year Early

2021 Winner

Truck of the Year Early

2019 Winner

Event Locations

Current 2024 Qualifiers:

Custom Rod of the Year

2023 Autumn Get-Together

Jay Greenwell - 1957 Chevy
Truck of the Year Early

2024 Spring Lone Star Nationals

Levi Green - 1958 Chevy Apache
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 Del Mar Nationals

Bryce Adams - 1953 Chevy 3100
Custom Rod of the Year

2024 Nashville Nationals

Mark Fuqua - 1957 Chevy Cameo
Truck of the Year Early

2024 North Carolina Nationals

John Bottger - 1950 Chevy Suburban
Muscle Car of the Year

2023 Winner - Greg Tidwel | 1940 Ford

 

 

TRUCK OF THE YEAR - LATE (’60 through ‘99)

Eligibility: Trick trucks 1960 through 1999

Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor an outstanding ’60 through ’99 vintage tricked-out truck.

How to Enter: Attend any of the events listed below and park in the LMC Trick Truck corral, the Builder’s Choice or Indoor display area (where applicable) to have a chance to be selected as a finalist!

Winner Announced: Friday, October 4th, 2024 based on a finalist selected at each of these qualifying events.

Truck of the Year Late

2022 Winner

Truck of the Year Late

2021 Winner

Truck of the Year Late

2019 Winner

Event Locations

Current 2024 Qualifiers:

Custom Rod of the Year

2023 Autumn Get-Together

Danny Rios - 1972 Chevy K5 Blazer
Truck of the Year Late

2024 North Carolina Nationals

John Lamb - 1961 Ford Unibody Pickup
Custom Rod of the Year

2023 Southwest Nationals

Paul Treadwell - 1985 Chevy C10
Truck of the Year Late

2024 Spring Lone Star Nationals

Robert Carpenter - 1968 Chevy C10
Truck of the Year Late

2024 Del Mar Nationals

Mark DeAtley - 1972 Chevy C10
Truck of the Year Late

2024 Nashville Nationals

Rodney Harris - 1979 Chevy C10
Truck Of The Year Late

2023 Winner - Rod Parsons | 1967 Chevy C10

 

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