Check out these winners from the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association


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The 21st annual Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona, marked the end of another full calendar season for the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association. More than 3,000 street rods, racers and custom creations filled the famed WestWorld event center last weekend. 

The Southwest Nationals are the culmination of the year’s show series, with 18 events held during 2018 and a further 19 scheduled for next year.

This was the second stop in Scottsdale for Goodguys, since the Spring Nationals take place every March at WestWorld as well.


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Galleries of gorgeous customs

As always occurs when the Goodguys are in town, WestWorld became a sea of spectators who wound their way along row after row of spectacular customs during the three-day celebration of automotive artistry and ingenuity. 

Because it’s the last show of the year, the Scottsdale gathering shows off the Top 12, which are each category’s winning vehicles of the year. The final winner, Autocrosser of the Year, was determined in a high-performance shootout between the top scorers of Goodguys’ timed races.

The colorful array of 12 winners were lined up outside the gigantic WestWorld tent, which was filled with vendors who were focused on the custom car community. 

And the 2018 Top 12 winners are:

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1. Street Rod of the Year: 1929 Ford Model A

Owned by Mark and Dennis Mariani, and built by Rad Rides by Troy of Manteno, Illinois.

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2. Street Machine of the Year: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Owned by Stuart Adams and built by Detroit Speed & Engineering of Mooresville, North Carolina.

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3. Hot Rod of the Year: 1931 Ford Model A

Owned by David Martin and built by Hot Rods and Hobbies of Signal Hill, California.

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4. Street Rod d’Elegance: 1949 Ford

Owned by Debbie Walls and built by Goolsby Customs of Hueytown, Alabama.

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5. America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod: 1936 Pontiac

Owned by Robert Anderson and built by Legens Hot Rod of Martin, Tennessee.

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6. Custom of the Year: 1949 Cadillac

Owned by Bruce and Cheryl Conwell, and built by Chris Carlson Hot Rods of Muvane, Kansas.

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7. Custom Rod of the Year (1936–1972): 1957 Chevy

Owned by Greg Hrehovcsic and built by Johnny’s Auto Trim & Rod Shop of Alamosa, Colorado.

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8. Truck of the Year Early (through 1966): 1934 Ford pickup

Owned by Danielle Lutz and built by Jason Graham Hot Rods of Portland, Tennessee.

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9. Truck of the Year Late (1967–1987): 1968 Chevrolet C10

Owned by Alex Short and built by DeCol’s Speed Shop of Riverton, Utah.

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10. Muscle Machine of the Year (1960–1987): 1968 Dodge Charger

Owned by Vic Buraglio and built by BBT Fabrications of Mahomet, Illinois.

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11. Muscle Car of the Year (1960–1987): 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

Owned by Brandie Broomhall and built by Classic Performance Restorations of Mesa, Arizona.

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12. Autocrosser of the Year: 1966 AC 427 Cobra roadster

Owned by Bruce Cambern, the last known living original owner of a 427 Cobra.

Goodguys shows resume March 8-10, 2019, with the Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas. The following weekend, it’s back to Scottsdale.

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