Everything You Need to Know About Goodguys’ 2021 Muscle Machine of the Year Competition!
Each year Goodguys heads out on the road in search of America’s finest 1960-1987 ground-pounding, cone-carving, Muscle Machine that can prove itself on the AutoCross track! And when we find it, we crown it, honor it and give it the title of Goodguys / Griot’s Garage Muscle Machine 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 truck on the radar for this prestigious award? Well here’s the lowdown…
1. First off, your car must meet the following criteria to be considered for the award:
- Muscle Machines 1960 through 1987 vintage
- A Muscle Machine is defined by Goodguys as a muscle car that has been modified to perform at a high-level including handling, stance, engineering, and body and paint.
- Attend one of the events listed below and park in the AutoCross pit area on Saturday between 11am and 2pm. You must also run at least three laps in the Goodguys AutoCross. Lap times will not determine the overall winner, but style points do count!
- Only cars parked in the AutoCross pit area and cars that have completed the three-lap AutoCross minimum will be eligible for this award.
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?
- 29th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals, July 3-5, 2020 Des Moines, IA (selected finalist shown below)
- 11th FiTech Fuel Injection Spring Nationals, April 16-18, 2021 Scottsdale, AZ
- 6th Griot’s Garage North Carolina Nationals, April 23-25, 2021 Raleigh, NC
- 15th BASF Nashville Nationals, May 28-30, 2021 Nashville, TN
- 30th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals, July 2-4, 2021 Des Moines, IA
- 23rd Summit Racing Nationals, July 9-11, 2021 Columbus, OH
- 2nd Grundy Collector Car Insurance Great American Nationals, August 20-22, 2021 York, PA
- 28th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals, September 24-26, 2021 Fort Worth, TX
- 20th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, October 1-3, 2021 Del Mar, CA
4. And how about the overall winner? How is it selected?
- Once all (9) “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 best Muscle Machine 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