Coveted annual awards celebrate regional winners from 2022 Goodguys events, including two Chevrolet Performance awards and Goodguys Next Generation competition
FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 10, 2022) – Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, the world’s largest hot-rod association and producer of America’s favorite car shows, has announced the winning custom builders in eight categories for its 2022 award season. The finalists were selected from among eligible qualifiers at 2022 Goodguys events throughout the U.S. and then voted on by a committee of industry experts and Goodguys staff members.
The winners represent the nation’s finest show cars and trucks and the best autocrosser. 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, presented by Meguiar’s” at the Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona, in November 2022.
In addition to the five regional awards, Goodguys’ “Of the Year” awards include two Chevrolet Performance-sponsored awards and the Goodguys Next Generation competition award. The 2022 winners are:
- Muscle Machine of the Year, presented by Griot’s Garage, has been awarded to Kevin Hart’s 1969 Plymouth Road Runner built by Salvaggio Designs. Out of eight finalists, the winner was selected from the 2022 Del Mar Nationals based on high-level performance modifications including handling, stance, engineering and body and paint to a vintage 1960-1997 muscle car.
- Custom Rod of the Year, presented by Vintage Air, has been awarded to David Biegler’s 1964 Buick Riviera built by Cruzer’s Customs. Out of seven finalists, the winner was selected from the 2022 Del Mar Nationals based on the customization of a vintage 1949-1972 rod that tastefully blends modifying techniques or factory stock bodies with modern-day performance, engineering, components and styling.
- Muscle Car of the Year, presented by Snap-On, has been awarded to Roger Gaultney’s 1969 1/2 Plymouth Road Runner restored by Superior Auto Works in Delaware. Out of 15 finalists, the winner was selected from the 2022 North Carolina Nationals based on its design that honors an original factory stock or original fully restored 1960-1987 muscle car of superb quality.
- Truck of the Year Early (up to 1959), presented by Scott’s Hot Rods ‘N Customs, has been awarded to Alex Short’s 1958 Ford built by Revision Rods & Rides. Out of nine finalists, the winner was selected from the 2022 Nashville Nationals based on customization and design to honor an outstanding pre-1960 tricked-out truck.
- Truck of the Year Late (1960-1997), presented by LMC Truck, has been awarded to Mark Sandfort’s 1965 Chevy C10 built by South City Rod & Custom. Out of seven finalists, the winner was selected from the 2021 Autumn Get Together based on customization and design to honor an outstanding 1960-1997 tricked-out truck.
- Chevrolet Performance GM Iron Builder of the Year, presented by Chevrolet Performance, has been awarded to Big Oak Garage’s 1961 Chevy Impala from the 2022 Summit Racing Nationals. The award recognizes an exceptional GM-bodied build with GM power.
- Chevrolet Performance GM Retro Iron Builder of the Year, presented by Chevrolet Performance, has been awarded to Hollywood Hot Rods’ 1932 Ford Coupe from the 2022 Del Mar Nationals. The award recognizes an exceptional non-GM-bodied build with GM power.
- Next Generation of the Year, presented by Goolsby Customs, has been awarded to Conner Wick’s 1967 Chevy G10 Van from the 2022 Pacific Northwest Nationals. The award celebrates the accomplishments of car and truck builders aged 25 and under.
“Our shows bring some of the most talented custom builders in the country out to share their builds with other enthusiasts, and we are lucky and humbled to have both builders and owners choose Goodguys events to showcase their creations,” said Goodguys COO Andrew Ebel. “These winners represent the top of cutting-edge performance and design, and the passion these builders pour into their customs is a key component of what helps make Goodguys shows the events they are today.”
All award-winning cars will be prominently displayed at the Goodguys 25th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals at WestWorld of Scottsdale on Nov. 18-20, 2022, in Scottsdale, Arizona, where they will be joined by the winners of the event-specific awards from the 2022 Goodguys season to round out the Top 12. They will also receive special prizes from Goodguys sponsors, the coveted ”Of-the-Year” award trophy and will be featured in the Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette and Yearbook. The final 2022 winner – AutoCrosser of the Year, presented by Classic Performance Products – will be crowned at the Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals following the Duel in the Desert AutoCross Shootout.
To see the six previously announced “Top 12” award winners, visit www.good-guys.com/awards/top-12.
For more information on Goodguys and upcoming events, visit www.good-guys.com.
Founded in 1983, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association produces the finest automotive events and publishes credible and entertaining media content that celebrates the passion for the great American car culture, bringing together cool cars, cool people and good times! With over 70,000 active members worldwide, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is the world’s largest hot-rodding association. Their events feature thousands of hot rods and customs, tricked-out trucks, muscle cars, and classics sprawled throughout venues such as fairgrounds, super speedways and large outdoor stadiums.