Custom Rod of the Year, custom rod, vintage air

Goodguys’ 2020 Custom Rod of the Year Competition Almost Underway!

Goodguys 2019 Custom Rod of the Year shown above – Randy Wilcox’s 1959 Cadillac Coupe deVille – Built by Rad Rides by Troy

Custom Rod of the Year, custom rod, vintage airThat’s right! Each year, Goodguys heads out on the road in search of America’s coolest 1949-1972 Custom Rod that tastefully blends customizing techniques with modern performance and engineering. And when we find it, we crown it, honor it, and give it the title of Goodguys’ 2020 Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year! It’s all part of our annual Goodguys “Top 12” cars and trucks of the year campaign and it’s one of the hottest awards programs in the country!

So how can you get involved and get your truck on the radar for this prestigious award? Well here’s the lowdown…

1. First off, your car has to meet the following criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Custom Rods 1949 through 1972 vintage are eligible
  • Attend any of the events listed below with your custom rod and park in either the Builder’s Choice area 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 five events listed.
  • 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.

2. So how are “Regional Finalists” selected?

  • (1) “Regional Finalist” that fits the award criteria will be selected from each of the events listed below will be selected by the Goodguys awards staff. 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.

3. What events can I compete to be a “Regional Finalist” at in 2020?

4. And how about the overall winner? How is it selected?

  • Once all (5) “Regional Finalists” are selected, a team of Goodguys staff and select non-partisan builders and manufacturers from across the country will vote on and select the overall winner of the award.
  • Overall Winner will be announced on Friday, October 9th, 2020

5. What does the winner receive for having the coolest Custom Rod in the country?

  • National bragging rights
  • Beautiful billet aluminum award from Goodguys
  • RaceDeck garage flooring
  • Display Stanchion from Hot Rod Halo
  • Car Care products from Meguiar’s
  • Full color feature in the Goodguys Magazine and Yearbook
  • Special feature on
  • Exclusive invitation and travel accommodations to the season-ending Goodguys 23rd Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, AZ where all of the “Top 12” cars and trucks of the year will be on display
Associate Editor

Steven is the grandson to the legendary Bob Bunker who piloted the green "Folsom Flash" 1955 Chevy from the 70's through the 90's. As a dragstrip kid, Steven started his automotive journalism path by photographing drag racing events and also building drag cars while working in his fathers shop. Since joining our team, Steven has grown leaps and bounds journalistically. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When Steven is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.

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