Two Big “Street” Winners at Goodguys

Two of the coveted Goodguys Top 12 awards were given out this weekend in beautiful Columbus at the PPG Nationals.  On Saturday night we saw the Street Machine and Street Rod of the Year crowned.  The competition was stiff and talent reigned supreme.  The PPG Nationals saw 10 of the most technologically advanced, creatively custom, and uniquely interpreted builds rolling.  Five finalists from each category were ultimately narrowed down to the Street Machine and Street Rod of the Year winners.  So without further ado…….

The Goodguys Street Machine of the Year 2018 is Detroit Speed’s 1969 Camaro “TUX”.  The list of custom mods done to this Camaro runs into the hundreds, no kidding hundreds.  Custom machined headlight covers, reshaped bumpers and repositioned signal lights bring out the crisp Camaro body lines.  The floor pan and transmission tunnel are hand-fabricated.  It sports shaved drip rails, a custom Classic Instruments gauge cluster and six-point roll cage.  The full custom interior is mind-blowing.  A Harrop supercharger tops a Kurt Urban built LS2.  All those high performance horses are married to a 6 speed Tremmec trans built by Bowler Performance.  To match the exterior, the engine block was smoothed, polished and painted.  Baer disc brakes bring this beauty to a swift stop.  The front hydroformed subframe, Quadralink suspension, and mini tubs are all DSE’s finest.  The custom stamped cross members increased the turning radius and lowered the ride height.  Yes, “TUX” sits nice and low, but has a 47″ overall roof height.  That means full suspension performance with a mean stance.  Last but not least, custom chrome plated Forgeline wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires keep this ride rolling smoothly and in style.  Oh and this beauty has brains too.  Electronically controlled with a touchpad, this ride even has it’s own IP address.  Have yourself a look-see.

The Goodguys Street Rod of the Year for 2018 went to Rad Rides by Troy’s, 1929 Ford “Mariani Special”.  This beauty is hand crafted from bumper to bumper.  The body, hood, grill, chassis, in fact roughly 95% of the “Mariani Special” is hand fabricated.  Doesn’t get much more custom than that!  It has a fully adjustable torsion bar suspension system in both the front and rear.  It’s powered by a GM, fuel injected, aluminum small block.  It has a three inch stainless exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers and a Legends five speed transmission with a Hurst shifter.  This fantastic Ford has a custom interior with hand built seats, door panels and a bowed headliner.  This ’29 is finished with a custom Glasurit two-toned paint scheme with hand stripping throughout.  Everything except for plating and powder coating for the build was done in-house by the Rad Rides crew. Now take a look Troy’s creation and the latest Goodguys Street Rod of the Year.

The runners up for Street machine of the Year were:  the 1972 AMC Javelin done by the Ring Brothers, the Roadster Shop’s 1965 Mustang, the Miranda Built 1969 Camaro and the 1969 Charger done by BBT Fabrications.

The runners up for Street Rod of the Year were: Dana Elrod’s 1936 Ford, Legens’ Hot Rods 1936 Pontiac Sedan,  Devlin Rod & Custom’s 1933 Ford and the 1932 Ford Coupe from Hot Rod Garage.

Take a gander at more of Detroit Speed’s finest.

Not possible to get enough of the “Mariani Special”.

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Till the next time – Keep on Kruzin!