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Goodguys’ 2021 Muscle Car of the Year Competition Heating Up!

Goodguys 2019 Muscle Car of the Year shown above – Charles Donaldson’s 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator – Restored by KTL Restorations

That’s right! Each year, Goodguys heads out on the road in search of America’s finest 1960-1987 all-original, numbers matching, off-the-showroom-floor Muscle Car! And when we find it, we crown it, honor it and give it the title of Goodguys Billet Specialties Muscle Car 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 mighty Muscle Car 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:

  • Muscle Cars of all makes 1960 through 1987
  • Designed to honor an original factory stock or original fully restored Muscle Car of superb quality.
  • The car must attend a minimum of (1) of the remaining (15) “Regional Finalist” events in 2021 listed below and park in either the Mighty Muscle special parking area on the Saturday of the event or in the Indoor car show display area throughout the weekend (when applicable) to have a chance to be selected as a “Regional Finalist” for 2021.

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 2021?

*Finalist Chosen at this event will be added to the list of 2022 Muscle Car of the Year finalists

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

  • Once all (20) “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 8th, 2021

5. What does the winner receive for having the mightiest Muscle Car in the country?

  • National bragging rights
  • Beautiful billet aluminum award from Goodguys
  • RaceDeck garage flooring
  • Car Care products from Meguiar’s
  • 10×10 E-Z UP canopy
  • Full color feature in the Goodguys Magazine and Yearbook
  • Special feature on FuelCurve.com
  • Exclusive invitation and travel accommodations to the season-ending Goodguys 24th Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, AZ where all of the “Top 12” cars and trucks of the year will be on display
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.