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A Closer Look at Goodguys 2019 Regional Top 12 Finalists

Roll out the red carpet, because Goodguys will announce winners for five of its Top 12 “Of the Year” Awards later this week! Final vote tallies and selections are being made for the 2019 Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year, Muscle Car of the Year, Griot’s Garage Muscle Machine of the Year, Scott’s Hotrods Truck of the Year Early, and LMC Truck of the Year Late. We’ll reveal the winners this Friday, October 4 right here on FuelCurve.com!


The Goodguys Top 12 awards are designed to recognize vehicles and builders that rise to the top of our hobby, pushing the boundaries of style, quality, and execution to new heights. Every year these awards crown the cream of the crop in 12 distinct categories and build styles of vintage vehicles. Each award has its own criteria, but all are aimed at honoring premier examples of each genre, while also recognizing core build essentials like fit, form, function, beauty and design.

Seven of these Top 12 awards are event specific, with finalists and a winner identified and crowned at one event. Five others are selected by identifying finalists at different events during a yearlong process that started at the 2018 Kentucky Nationals and wrapped up just this past weekend at the Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals. Below are the contenders in each category – take a look and see which ones you think deserve to go home with top honors.

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Watch for individual announcements for the winner in each category throughout the day this Friday starting at 9am PST. And start making your plans to attend the season-ending Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona, where all of our Top 12 winners will be on display and showcasing the best of 2019!


2019 Muscle Car of the Year Finalists

2018 Kentucky Nationals; Lexington, KY – Daryl Nelson – 1969 Mercury Montego MX
2018 Southeastern Nationals; Charlotte, NC – Bill Brunker – 1967 Pontiac GTO
2018 Southwest Nationals; Scottsdale, AZ – Bob Shepard – 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix
2019 Spring Lone Star Nationals; Fort Worth, TX – Stan Stafford – Argyle, TX – 1970 Ford Mach 1
2019 Spring Nationals; Scottsdale, AZ – Larry Christensen – Fountain Hills, AZ – 1967 Camaro Convertible
2019 Del Mar Nationals; Del Mar, CA – Wayne Ferrandino – Marina Del Rey, CA – 1970 Oldsmobile 442
2019 North Carolina Nationals; Raleigh, NC – Charles Donaldson – Danville, VA – 1970 Mercury Cougar
2019 Nashville Nationals; Nashville, TN – Billy & Jennifer Pope – Dyersburg, PA – 1969 Pontiac Trans Am
2019 Summer Get Together; Pleasanton, CA – Wade Ogle – San Jose, CA – 1971 Hemi Cuda
2019 Heartland Nationals; Des Moines, IA – Gary Goudie – Knoxville, IL – 1970 Ford Mustang
2019 Goodguys Nationals; Columbus, OH – Tim Schell – Queensville, Ontario, Canada – 1969 COPO Camaro
2019 Pacific Northwest Nationals; Puyallup, WA – Phil Mitchell – Sumnew, WA – 1970 Pontiac GTO
2019 Great Northwest Nationals; Spokane, WA – Carmine Golemme – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – 1967 Plymouth GTX
2019 Great American Nationals; York, PA – Joe & Tina Buono – Fleetwood, PA – 1969 Boss 429 Mustang
2019 West Coast Nationals; Pleasanton, CA – Mark Lopez – St. Awdro, CA – 1966 Ford Shelby GT350
2019 Colorado Nationals; Loveland, CO – Austin Hosterman – Greeley, CO – 1970 AMC Javelin
2019 Lone Star Nationals; Fort Worth, TX – George Davis – Dallas, TX – 1969 Camaro Convertible



2019 Griot’s Garage Muscle Machine of the Year Finalists

2019 Spring Nationals; Scottsdale, AZ – Tony & Casey Arme – Phoenix, AZ – 1968 Ford Mustang
2019 Del Mar Nationals; Del Mar, CA – Aaron Clippinger – La Mesa, CA – 1968 Camaro
2019 North Carolina Nationals; Raleigh, NC – Bob Bertelsen – Columbia, OH – 1968 Corvette
2019 Nashville Nationals; Nashville, TN – Garrett Rod Shop – Columbus, OH – 1966 Dodge Charger
2019 Summer Get Together; Pleasanton, CA – Chris Von Ritter – Hayward, CA – 1967 Camaro
2019 Heartland Nationals; Des Moines, IA – Fermin Adams – Gilberts, IL – 1971 Pontiac GTO
2019 Goodguys Nationals; Columbus, OH – Rick Cox – Scottsdale, AZ – 1963 Corvette
2019 Great American Nationals; York, PA – Nick Weber Jr. – Hamilton, NJ – 1960 Corvette
2019 Lone Star Nationals; Fort Worth, TX – Sonny Freeman – Lafayette, LA – 1965 Chevelle


2019 Scott’s Hotrods Truck of the Year Early Finalists

2018 Autumn Get Together; Pleasanton, CA – Chris & Angela Church – 1940 Ford
2019 Del Mar Nationals; Del Mar, CA – Greg Weld – Paradise Valley, CA – 1940 Ford
2019 North Carolina Nationals; Raleigh, NC – Kevin & Sally Smith – Simosonville, SC – 1949 Chevy 3100
2019 Nashville Nationals; Nashville, TN – Danny Bouchard – Groton, CT – 1958 Ford F100
2019 Heartland Nationals; Des Moines, IA – Ed Pettus – Cedar Rapids, IA – 1932 Willys Tanker
2019 West Coast Nationals; Pleasanton, CA – Mark McDonald – Porterville, CA – 1950 Chevy
2019 Colorado Nationals; Loveland, CO – Doug LaRue – Rapid City, SD – 1956 Ford F100
2019 Lone Star Nationals; Fort Worth, TX – Cari Schyiak – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – 1955 Chevy



2019 LMC Truck of the Year Late Finalists

2018 Southeastern Nationals; Charlotte, NC – Ed Vannoy – 1967 Chevy C10
2018 Autumn Get Together; Pleasanton, CA – Craig Moore – 1972 Chevy El Camino
2019 Spring Nationals; Scottsdale, AZ – Joe Yezzi / Squarebody Syndicate – Phoenix, AZ – 1976 GMC
2019 Del Mar Nationals; Del Mar, CA – Scott & Sherrie Cooper – Orland, CA – 1970 Chevy El Camino
2019 Heartland Nationals; Des Moines, IA – Joseph White – Womelsdorf, PA – 1968 Chevy C10
2019 Goodguys Nationals; Columbus, OH – Ron Palermo – Butler, PA – 1965 Chevy C10
2019 Great American Nationals; York, PA – George Fischer – Stewart Town, PA – 1965 Chevy C10
2019 Lone Star Nationals; Fort Worth, TX – Chris Pate – College Station, TX – 1968 Chevy C10



2019 Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year Finalists

2019 Spring Lone Star Nationals; Fort Worth, TX – Dale Turner – Canal Winchester, OH – 1947 Buick
2019 Spring Nationals; Scottsdale, AZ – Bev & Terry Bryant – Midland, TX – 1960 Ford Starliner
2019 Del Mar Nationals; Del Mar, CA – David Eckert – Molalla, OR – 1949 Hudson
2019 North Carolina Nationals; Raleigh, NC – Charles Baxley – Beech Island, SC – 1957 Chevy
2019 Nashville Nationals; Nashville, TN – Frank Howard – Venetta, PA – 1956 Pontiac
2019 Heartland Nationals; Des Moines, IA – Randy & Lisa Wilcox – Mahtomedi, MN – 1959 Cadillac
2019 Colorado Nationals; Loveland, CO – Mike Dennison – Braselton, GA – 1951 Hudson Wasp




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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