2011 Champion's Arena
Each GoodGuys show has unique aspects. One of the many at the Southwest Nats is the front and center display of the Terrific 12, the oh so sweet line up of the "Of the Year" winners. Here they are, the best of the best according to GoodGuys and these guys see thousands and thousands of rides a year, so I'll take their word for it. I must say, out of the title, the trip, the bragging rights and all the other good stuff that comes with winning one of these awards I think possibly the best thing of all is the tool box. Those things are just so cool!
Some quick details of the select 12 that made it to the Champion's Arena. Street machine of the year - The Innovator, the futuristically designed 1967 Nova. The Truck of the Year - Late; a beautiful two toned ‘56 F-100. Most Beautiful Street Rod; a four door ‘39 Buick, the first time a four door grabbed this honor. The low slung '33 steel Ford roadster nabbed the Street Rod d'Elegance. Kustom of the Year went to a ’36 Ford roadster. Truck of the Year – Early; for the second consecutive year, a 1930s Ford truck belonging to George Poteet won. Hot Rod of the Year; “Second Wind” a ’32 Ford roadster. Muscle Machine of the Year; “Runt” a ’62 Chevy II. Muscle Car of the Year; a ’68 Dodge Charger RT, the first car to ever score 1,000 points at the Muscle Car Nationals seems a natural to have won the GoodGuys top prize too. Custom Rod of the Year; “Sun Cammer,” the exquisitely awesome 1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible. Look familiar,it should. The 2011 Ridler winner has a tendency to stay in your memory. The Custom of the Year; a beautiful merlot ‘50 Merc. And last but not least, Street Rod of the Year went to the '32 Ford built by Fastlane Rod Shop, a traditional ride with hot rod stance.
Here is a walk through the winners. Literally. Thought I'd take a bit of a different approach to this one and give you the real feel of being there. Can you smell the funnel cakes?
There you have it, the cream of the crop! There isn't one I would turn away.
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!