Street Rod Life

Street Rod and Street Machine of the Year Finalists

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Check out the cars and trucks vying for the Goodguys Street Rod and Street Machine of the Year

Words & Photos by Todd Ryden

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is going strong at their 20th PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Friday started off strong with plenty of rods, customs and muscle cars packing into the fairgrounds. As if the cars along aren’t worth checking out, there’s a swap meet, fast autocross course this year along with loads of manufacturers to help you with any parts or questions on your next project.

One more big thing going on in Columbus is the naming of the Street Rod and Street Machine of the Year. The field was set by Friday afternoon with the finalists being pulled into one big hall to await and awards ceremony on Saturday evening. They’ll also name off the new product winners as well.

When you look over the gathering of rods, you see quite a cross section of styles. It was cool to see a couple big blocks in the fray as well as one engine nearly capping at 700 cubic inches. Vintage styling cues were in abundance, incredible machine work, fit and finish of course. Deep, dark hues continue to be popular, though the green metallic 5-window really popped out of the group.

So how tough is the competition? Take a look at the Rod contenders:

As for the Street Machine finalists, there was quite a bit of selection. The C10 seems to be a favorite, especially with it’s best time on the autocross track (all the street machine finalists had to run a lap). There are two Great 8 finalists (the silver ’67 Corvette and the 1938 Graham Model 97. A VW Beetle with a mid-engine Nailhead was a bit out of place, but deserved to be in there shaking things up a bit. There were a couple Camaros, a classic Mustang and a big Hemi’d Cuda completing the mix. Here’s a look at the Street Machine contenders:

We’ll find out who gets the titles tomorrow!