Our Most Coveted Awards

The Annual Top 12 Presented by Meguiar’s

Meguiar's

Our Most Coveted Awards

The Annual Top 12 Presented by Meguiar’s

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TOP 12 PRESENTED BY MEGUIAR’S

Every year, Goodguys recognizes 12 of the nation’s finest show cars and trucks, and the best Autocrosser. These are known as the “Top 12 Awards, presented by Meguiar's.”

Winners are recognized throughout the Goodguys Event Season leading up to the final selection and showcase of the “Goodguys Top 12 of the Year Awards” at the Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, AZ in November. All Top 12 winners are invited to attend the final awards ceremony, receive; “Showcase Parking,” special prizes from our sponsors, the coveted of-the-year award trophy at the event and are featured in the Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette and Yearbook!

How To Enter

There are two categories within the Top 12 Awards, presented by Meguiar's: "Event-Specific" and "Regional".

Event Specific Awards

Event Specific Awards include 7 award categories selected at six specific events throughout the year. These awards and events include:
  1. Custom Of The Year: presented by Snap-on Tools: selected at Goodguys 31st Autumn Get-Together, November 13 & 14, Pleasanton, CA
  2. Street Rod D' Elegance, presented by Meguiar's: selected at Goodguys 20th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, October 1-3, Del Mar, CA
  3. Hot Rod Of The Year, presented by Tanks Inc.: selected at Goodguys 15th BASF Nashville Nationals, May 28-30, Nashville, TN
  4. Street Rod Of The Year, presented by Classic Instruments: Goodguys 23rd Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG, July 9-11, Columbus, OH
  5. Street Machine Of The Year, presented by PPG selected at: Goodguys 23rd Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG, July 9-11, Columbus, OH
  6. America's Most Beautiful, presented by BASF: selected at Goodguys 34th West Coast Nationals presented by BASF, August 27-29, Pleasanton, CA
  7. AutoCrosser Of The Year ,presented by CPP: elected at Goodguys 24th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals presented by Barrett-Jackson (Featuring the "Duel in the Desert" AutoCross Shootout), November 19-21, Scottsdale, AZ

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 5 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 8, 2021.
  1. Custom Rod Of The Year, presented by Vintage Air
  2. Muscle Car Of The Year, presented by Billet Specialties
  3. Muscle Machine Of The Year, presented by Griot's Garage
  4. Truck Of The Year Early (thru 1959), presented by Scott's Hot Rods 'N Customs
  5. Truck Of The Year Late (1960-1987), presented by LMC Truck

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

2021 CUSTOM OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: Custom cars 1936 through 1972 vintage.

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).

How to Enter: You must have your custom entered in the indoor portion of the 31st Autumn Get-Together to be eligible for this award.

Selected at: Goodguys 31st Autumn Get-Together, November 13 & 14, Pleasanton, CA
Custom of the Year Award

2020 Winner - Jeffrey Hess's 1956 Oldsmobile 98

2021 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 20th Del Mar Nationals. Finalists will be selected from the indoor car show only.

Selected at: Goodguys 20th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, October 1-3, Del Mar, CA
STREET ROD D’ ELEGANCE

2020 Winner - Dave Gonzales - 1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe

2021 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!

How to Enter: Cars interested in competing for this award need to enter the “Hot Rod of the Year” staging area, Friday, May 28th at Nissan Stadium, 9am sharp. The hot rods will then take a 100-mile (approx.) road-trip/reliability run around Nashville which will include, 1/8th dragstrip fun run and a tire smoking burnout (times will not determine the winner, but style points will count). During the day, the selection committee will be looking for hi-revving, hard driven hot rods with attitude. Five finalists will be selected and displayed together on Sunday. The overall winner will be announced Sunday May 30th during the event award ceremony.
*Schedule subject to change

Selected at: Goodguys 15th BASF Nashville Nationals – May 28-30, Nashville, TN
Hot Rod of the Year

2021 Winner - John Hornbrook's 1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe - Built by Murray Kustom Rods

2021 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 9th 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.

Selected at: Goodguys 23rd Summit Racing Nationals, July 9-11, Columbus, OH

Street Machine of the Year Winner

2021 Winner - Wes & Vivian Rydell's 1941 Chevy | Built by Rad Rides by Troy

2021 STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: Street machines 1954 through 1987 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 9th by 10am and participate in a two-lap Goodguys AutoCross Friday afternoon at the Ohio Expo Center. AutoCross lap times will not determine the overall winner, but style points do count! Contenders will park inside the Celeste Bldg. Friday & Saturday.

Selected at: Goodguys 23rd Summit Racing Nationals, July 9-11, Columbus, OH

Street Machine of the Year Winner

2021 Winner - Chad Farischon's 1969 Camaro | Built by Mountain Home Street Rods

2021 AMERICA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL

Eligibility: Street Rods, Hot Rods, Trick Trucks, Street Machines, Customs, Custom Rods and Muscle Cars through 1987 vintage.

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

How to Enter: All candidates must park in the “Builders Choice” Parking Area Saturday, Aug. 28th from 7am-Noon. Finalists will be chosen from this area only.

Selected at: Goodguys 34th West Coast Nationals, August 27-29, Pleasanton, CA

America's Most Beautiful

2020 Winner - Bob and Elaine Matranga 55 Chevy

2021 AUTOCROSSER OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: AutoCross entries 1987 and earlier; the top two from each qualifying shootout throughout the autocross series will earn an invite to the year-end Duel in the Desert Shootout in Scottsdale, Arizona; remaining field will "race-in" and top 32 fastest cars will compete for the Duel in the Desert Autocrosser of-the-year.

Criteria: Must compete in a minimum of five event shootouts during the 2021 season, not including the Sponsor Shootout or Duel in the Desert Shootout. Must be within the top sixteen points for your class. The winner of the Duel in the Desert Shootout that meets these requirements will be the 2021 Autocrosser of the Year.

How to Enter: Must compete in a minimum of five event shootouts with the same car that qualifies for the Duel in the Desert during the 2021 season (not including: Sponsor Shootout, Duel in the Desert Shootout or All-American Sunday Shootouts); must be one of the 32 cars racing in the Finals Shootout held Saturday, November 20th during the Goodguys 24th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals @ Westworld in Scottsdale.

Selected at: Goodguys 24th Southwest Nationals, November 19-21, Scottsdale, AZ

AutoCrosser of the Year

2020 AutoCrosser of the Year - Scott Fraser in Bruce Cambern’s 1966 Shelby Cobra

Regional "Top 12" Awards

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 seven events listed.

Winner Announced Friday October 8th, 2021 based on a finalist selected at each of these qualifying events.

Current Qualifiers:

Muscle Machine of the Year

2020 Heartland Nationals

Bradley Ranweiler – 1963 Chevy Wagon

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 Spring Lone Star Nationals

Brian Baker – 1950 Plymouth Coupe

Custom Rod of the Year

2021 Spring Nationals

Fred DeFalco - 1954 Buick

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 North Carolina Nationals

Kenny Williams - 1961 Chevy Impala

Custom Rod of the Year

2021 Nashville Nationals

Jason Graham - 1963 Ford Galaxie

Custom Rod of the Year

2021 Heartland Nationals

Joe Nichols - 1961 Chevy Impala

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 2021 events listed below.

Winner Announced Friday October 8th, 2021 based on a finalist selected at each of these qualifying events.

Current Qualifiers:

Muscle Machine of the Year

2019 Kentucky Nationals

Gary Goodin – 1969 Chevrolet Z28 Camaro

Muscle Machine of the Year

2019 Southwest Nationals

Stephen Burke – 1968 Plymouth Superbee

Muscle Machine of the Year

2020 Heartland Nationals

Reggie Kopecky – 1967 Pontiac GTO 400

Muscle Machine of the Year

2020 Salt Lake Nationals

Lew Bisbing – 1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda

Muscle Machine of the Year

2020 Southwest Nationals

Neil Anderson – 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 Spring Lone Star Nationals

Tony Kondrotis - 1969 Mustang Mach 1

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 Spring Nationals

Charley Lillard - 1970 Mercury Cyclone

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 North Carolina Nationals

Mark Shaw - 1968 Dodge Dart GTS

Muscle Car of the Year

2021 Salt Lake Nationals

Eric & Deborah Bennett - 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 Nashville Nationals

Chet Biggers - 1970 Cuda AAR

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 All-Star Get-Together

Larry Roebuck - 1972 Olds 442 Convertible

Muscle Car of the Year

2021 Heartland Nationals

Dennis Albaugh - 1969 Yenko Camaro

Muscle Car of the Year

2021 Goodguys Nationals

Doug Perry - 1967 Yenko Camaro

MUSCLE MACHINE OF THE YEAR

Eligibility: Muscle Machines 1960 through 1987 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 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.

Winner Announced Friday October 8th, 2021 based on a finalist selected at each of these qualifying events.

Current Qualifiers:

Muscle Machine of the Year

2020 Heartland Nationals

Gordon Prinster – 1967 Ford Mustang

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 Spring Nationals

Steve Aguilar - 1971 Camaro Z28

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 North Carolina Nationals

Joseph Weba - 1963 Corvette

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 Nashville Nationals

Charles Malone - 1966 Chevelle

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 Heartland Nationals

David Jacobson - 1968 Camaro

Muscle Machine of the Year

2021 Goodguys Nationals

Jedd Schola - 1969 Camaro

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 eight 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!

Winner Announced Friday October 8th, 2021 based on a finalist selected at each of these qualifying events.

Current Qualifiers:

Truck of the Year Late

2019 Autumn Get Together

Shaun Salehyan – 1937 Studebaker Coupe Express

Truck of the Year Late

2020 Heartland Nationals

Tin Mans Garage – 1936 Willys

Truck of the Year Late

2021 Spring Lone Star Nationals

George Poteet -1957 Ford

Truck of the Year Late

2021 North Carlonia Nationals

Tom Patterson - 1959 Chevy Apache

Truck of the Year Late

2021 Nashville Nationals

Keith Lane - 1950 Chevy

Truck of the Year Late

2021 Heartland Nationals

Rod Bryant - 1950 Ford F1

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

Eligibility: Trick trucks 1960 through 1987

Basic Criteria: This award is designed to honor an outstanding ’60 through ’87 vintage tricked-out truck.

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.

Current Qualifiers:

Truck of the Year Late

2019 Kentucky Nationals

John Jennings – 1972 Ford F100

Truck of the Year Late

2019 Autumn Get Together

Jerry Wood – 1972 Ford F100

Truck of the Year Late

2020 Heartland Nationals

River City Rods – 1976 Ford B100

Truck of the Year Late

2020 Salt Lake Nationals

Cody Viebell – 1981 Chevy K2500

Truck of the Year Late

2021 Spring Lone Star Nationals

Fred Bishop - 1971 Ford F-100

Truck of the Year Late

2021 Spring Nationals

Andrea Fappini - 1965 GMC

Truck of the Year Late

2021 Salt Lake Nationals

Dave & Tracy Maxwell - 1967 Chevy C10

Truck of the Year Late

2021 Heartland Nationals

Jeff Andrews - 1986 Chevy C10

Truck of the Year Late

2021 Goodguys Nationals

Kykers Rod Kustom - 1969 Ford Ranger

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