Goodguys Updates Multiple Top 12 Awards for 2023 Season

Every year, Goodguys recognizes 12 of the nation’s finest custom-built cars and trucks with the Goodguys Top 12 Awards. These elite “Of The Year” awards are some of the most coveted honors in our industry and identify top vehicles in a dozen categories representing different genres and build styles. We regularly review the criteria for these awards and have made several changes worth noting for the 2023 season.

Custom of the Year

The Fuel Curve Custom of the Year award will become a Regional Top 12 award starting in 2023, with finalists selected at events across the country and a winner determined at the end of the season. Most recently, this award has been awarded at the All American Get-Together in Pleasanton, California. Regional finalists will now be selected at the following events:

  • FiTech Fuel Injection Spring Nationals presented by Grundy Insurance – March 17-19 – Scottsdale, AZ
  • All American Get-Together – March 25-26 – Pleasanton, CA
  • Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals – March 31 April 1-2 – Del Mar, CA
  • Griot’s Garage North Carolina Nationals – April 21-23 – Raleigh, NC
  • BASF Nashville Nationals – May 19-21 – Lebanon, TN
  • Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals presented by BASF – June 30 July 1-2 – Des Moines, IA
  • Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG – July 7-9 – Columbus, OH
  • Griot’s Garage Pacific Northwest Nationals – July 28-30 – Puyallup, WA

Additionally, the model year eligibility for Custom of the Year has been changed to vehicles from 1936-65 vintage, and the criteria updated to reflect the intent for this award to honor an exceptional traditional custom vehicle.

Hot Rod of the Year

The Tanks, Inc. Hot Rod of the Year award has long been aimed at hot rods with attitude that are regularly street driven. We’ve long encouraged competitors to have some miles on their cars when they arrive at the BASF Nashville Nationals, and we’re reinforcing that by updating the criteria to state that competing vehicles must have a minimum of 500 miles on the odometer before entering the event.

Mike Whitney 1932 ford roadster, Goodguys 2022 Hot Rod of the Year

America’s Most Beautiful

The BASF America’s Most Beautiful award has found a new home. It will now be presented at the 30th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas, September 29-October 1. This award recognizes the most beautiful vehicle in competition and is open to street rods, hot rods, trucks, street machines, customs, custom rods, and muscle cars through 1998 vintage.

Roseville Rod and Custom 1940 Suburban, 1940 Chevrolet Suburban, Amadeo Angelo 1940 Chevy Suburban

King of the Desert

(formerly AutoCrosser of the Year)

In AutoCross competition, the CPP King of the Desert award will replace the AutoCrosser of the Year honor. This award will go to the 2023 winner of the 16-car King of the Desert shootout at the 26th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to winning the shootout, competitors must have participated in a minimum of three Goodguys CPP AutoCross event shootouts during the course of the season.

2022 AutoCrosser of the Year Bill Graves Sr, goodguys autocross, 2022 goodguys autocrosser of the year, 1966 corvette, autocross corvette

There have also been a few changes to where finalists are selected for several other regional Top 12 awards – Custom Rod, Muscle Machine, Muscle Car Truck Late, and Truck Early. For a complete guide to the award criteria and event location details for the regional finalist awards, we invite you to review details online at

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.