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Goodguys Crowns 2020 Street Rod of the Year and Street Machine of the Year

Goodguys celebrated Independence Day with a bang this evening at the 29th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals presented by BASF, with special awards ceremony to crown the 2020 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year and PPG Street Machine of the Year winners! These coveted awards were relocated to Des Moines this year and attracted an incredible field of candidates.

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Nathan Powell’s ’32 Ford Tudor, finished late last year by Goolsby Customs, captured the Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year honor. Un-chopped with only subtle body mods, the Ford wears a distinctive pale green and black color combination done using Glasurit materials. The low-slung stance comes courtesy of a Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop chassis with a dropped front axle and wishbone-located rear suspension tucking the 15- and 17-inch inch billet artillery-style wheels high up into the fenders. The 383c.i. small-block Chevy engine is fed by FAST EFI and backed by a Bowler-built 4L60E automatic transmission. The American Speed and Design-stitched upholstery is simply incredible, combining vintage Lincoln fabric and leather in earthy green hues. Details include Classic Instruments gauges, a Lokar shifter, and Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop wheel.



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The PPG Street Machine of the Year title was won by Chris McPhie in his ’69 Camaro built by Dutchboys Hotrods. The Camaro’s body is enhanced with widened fenders and quarters, custom carbon fiber skirts and spoilers, laser-sharp lines and gaps, plus gorgeous custom-mixed BASF burgundy paint applied by the Dutchboys team. Underneath the channeled body you’ll find Detroit Speed suspension components, Brembo carbon disc brakes, and carbon-hoop Forgeline wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin rubber. Power comes from a Wegner Motorsports LS7 engine and a Bowler-prepped Tremec transmission. Inside, carbon fiber race seats and Impact harnesses are surrounded by custom-sculped paneling from Avant Garde, and a fabricated dash with Racepak instrumentation and a race-style MPI steering wheel.



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Goodguys would like to congratulate both winners and the teams behind these incredible cars, as well as the Top Five finalists in each category. Watch for full features on both cars coming early next week on Fuel Curve.

Photos by John Jackson & Damon Lee

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.

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