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Goodguys Fuel Curve Top 10 of 2020 – #7 Custom, Kustom, and Custom Rod Retrospective

Editor’s Note: No matter how you look at it, 2020 was a year that nobody expected, nor wished for. Event postponements, cancellations, social distancing, and more had old car enthusiasts out of sorts. Our scene revolves around gathering at events and showing off with others. We’re a community, even if don’t live near each other.

Thankfully, hot rodding is all about overcoming obstacles and making things better. Goodguys and Fuel Curve worked hard in 2020 to cover the altered landscape of the vintage car and truck scene, bringing you fresh and creative content every week – over 400 stories in total. We’re using the last few days of the year to revisit the Top 10 stories of the year. We hope you’ll enjoy this look back as we start to prepare for better times in 2021.

#7 – Three Decades of Goodguys Custom, Kustom, and Custom Rod of the Year

We’ve ran a few retrospectives on Goodguys Top 12 award winners here on Fuel Curve (Truck Early | Truck Late | Hot Rod), but this Custom, Kustom, and Custom Rod look back from 1993-2018 published in late June gained a lot of traction in 2020.

Like any such retrospective, it’s interesting to see the various trends that have emerged through the years, not to mention the evolution in craftsmanship. Some of these award winners have probably stood the test of time a little better than others, but all of them showcase the creativity and style inherent in the custom corner of our hobby.

CLICK HERE to take a step back in time!

Associate Editor

A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's 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.