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Youth Movement – Celebrating the 2022 Goolsby Customs Next Generation Award Winners

For decades, hot rodding was perceived as a young person’s pursuit – those kids and their fast, noisy cars! In recent years, however, if you mention the term “hot rod” to a casual observer, they’re likely to envision a middle-aged man driving a ’32 Ford, ’55 Chevy, or ’69 Mustang. The rising cost of the hobby – coupled with scores of other pastimes luring in young people – has definitely raised the average age of enthusiasts.

Goodguys and Goolsby Customs want to change that. The Goodguys Next Generation Award presented by Goolsby Customs encourages young enthusiasts by celebrating and showcasing the accomplishments of car and truck builders age 25 and under.Goolsby Next Gen Award, Goolsby Customs Next Gen award, Goodguys Next Gen This award is presented at Goodguys events throughout the year to enthusiasts who have played an integral part in building their car or truck. At each event, two Next Generation finalists are selected from a special parking area on Saturday and photos of both vehicles are posted online for social media voting to help determine an event winner on Sunday. At the end of the season, these Next Generation award winners are evaluated to determine a National Champion, who is invited to attend the season-ending Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale to be celebrated with a prime display spot and special recognition.

Beyond the awards, Jonathan Goolsby of Goolsby Customs regularly gets to know these young builders, offering advice on their builds and input on how to pursue building cars as a career. It’s this sort of encouragement and support that will keep our hobby thriving, and we encourage all of you to offer positive words to these young builders when you see them at Goodguys events. Who knows, one of them might build your next car!

Even though many of the Next Generation winners have already been recognized with photos in event coverage through the season, we thought it made sense to turn the spotlight on these young rodders yet again to reinforce how many fine rides are being built by talented up-and-comers. The cars and trucks showcased here represent the diversity of interests in today’s young rodders and give us an optimistic outlook for the future of our hobby.

Special Feature! 2022 Goolsby Customs Next Generation Overall Winner!

1967 G10, 1967 Chevy G10, Connor Wick G10 Van, 2022 Next Generation winner, Goolsby Customs Next Generation Award

Click here to read more about Conner Wick’s “Kermit” 1967 Chevy G10 Van that took top honors in 2022

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.