2020 street machine of the year, 2020 street rod of the year

Street Machine and Street Rod of the Year Titles Highlight Goodguys 23rd Summit Racing Nationals

“The Big One” is back as Goodguys Rod and Custom Association will kickoff the re-opening of the Ohio State Fairgrounds for the 23rd running of the Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG in Columbus, Ohio held July 9-11, 2021.

It’s not called “The Big One” for no reason. The Goodguys Columbus event will bring in over 6,500 pre-1987 classic vehicles with a highlight of the event being the crowing of not one, but two Goodguys 2021 Top 12 Award Winners – the PPG Street Machine of the Year and the Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year. Here’s more on those awards, how to enter, and what the weekend process looks like:

PPG Street Machine of the Year

virtual car show, goodguys virtual car show, PPG, ppg paint, lowrider, lowrider showcaseEligibility: Street Machines 1954 through 1987 vintage

Basic Criteria: This award is designed for a cutting-edge Street Machine which combines masterful build quality with extreme performance. Quality of craftsmanship, body & paint, overall engineering, the three F’s (fit, form and functionality) stance and overall creativity in design and concept is what the selection committee will seek.

How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the Cardinal lot Friday, July 9th by 10am at the Ohio Expo Center and participate in a two-lap Goodguys AutoCross run on Friday afternoon. AutoCross lap times will not determine the overall winner, but style points do count! Contenders will park inside the Celeste Building on Friday once AutoCross runs are completed and stay there through the Saturday evening awards ceremony that begins at 5pm.

Goodguys 2020 Street Machine of the Year, 1969 Camaro, Dutchboys Hotrods

2020 PPG Street Machine of the Year Winner – Chris McPhie’s 1969 Camaro built by Dutchboys Hotrods

Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year

Eligibility: Street Rods through 1948 vintage

Basic Criteria: This award is designed for a true modern masterpiece. Quality of craftsmanship, body and paint, overall engineering, the three F’s (fit, form and functionality) stance and overall creativity in design and concept is what the selection committee will seek.

How to Enter: All award candidates must park in the Cardinal lot Friday, July 9th by 10am at the Ohio Expo Center to be eligible for Street Rod of the Year award. Contenders will park inside the Celeste Building on Friday and stay there through the Saturday evening awards ceremony that begins at 5pm.

Goodguys 2020 Street Rod of the Year, 1932 ford tudor, Goolsby Customs

2020 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year Winner – Nathan Powell’s 1932 Ford Tudor built by Goolsby Customs

What do the winners receive for having the best Street Machine and Street Rod in the country?

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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.