goodguys 2019 hot rod of the year winner

A Breakdown of Goodguys’ 2020 Hot Rod of the Year Award

Goodguys 2019 Hot Rod of the Year shown above – Amadeo Angelo’s 1936 Ford – Built by Roseville Rod & Custom

Think you have the Hottest Hot Rod? Each year Goodguys searches for the rowdiest pre-48 rod that makes noise, is regularly street-driven, has a mean attitude and screams the words “Hot Rod.” No cream puffs! If that sounds like your hot rod we want it, and we’ll honor it with the title of Goodguys’ 2020 Tanks, Inc. Hot 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 Hot Rod on the radar for this prestigious award? Well here’s the lowdown…

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

  • Hot Rods 1948 and earlier are eligible for this award

2. How can I compete for a chance to win the 2020 Hot Rod of the Year Title?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Hot Rod of the Year award will be chosen online in 2020. Click the link below to view the full online submission criteria and entry process. For any questions, email [email protected] or [email protected].

-2020 Tanks, Inc. Hot Rod of the Year entry process and information-

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

  • The selection committee for these awards are made up of industry experts and Goodguys staff members. Each member of the selection committee places their Top 5 picks in order of preference. The first choice will receive five points, second choice four points, third choice thee points, and so on. The winner is then determined by whoever receives the most total points.

4. What does the winner receive for having the hottest Hot 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.