GoodGuys Hosts Its Annual Flagship Event (The Big One) in Columbus, OH

July, 2023

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This year Goodguys is celebrating 40 years of hosting car shows across the country.   The Big One, Goodguys’ annual flagship event was held at the Expo Center in Columbus, OH.  Here, winners of the coveted Street Rod and Street Machine of the Year awards were chosen.  Also, winners of other top awards, such as the Builder’s Choice Award and several Specialty Awards, were announced.

There was an estimated 6000 vehicles registered for this three-day event.  Besides awards ceremonies and cruising the show field, other activities included:

  • 40 Years of Top 12 Award Winners
  • The ever-popular autocross
  • Nitro Thunderfest
  • Swap meet and cars 4 sale corral
  • Giveaway Car winner announcement

The Big One just keeps getting bigger.

Street Rod and Machine of the Year 

This year, there were 14 contenders for Street Rod of the Year. These vehicles, which are pre-1949, were narrowed down to five finalists. The 19 competitors for Street Machine of the year (post-1948) were also narrowed down to five finalists. Then, the judges selected winners from each class. Here’s a look at the overall winners and the other top finalists.

Street Rod of the Year Winner – 1927 Ford Roadster

Street Rod Finalists 

Street Rod Contenders

Street Machine of the Year Winner – 1967 Mustang

Street Machine Finalists

Zach Ingram of ZRodz and Customs gave us a walkaround of his award-winning all-carbon fiber C10 pickup.

Street Machine Contenders

40 Years of Goodguys Award Winning Cars

To help celebrate its 40 years of hosting shows, Goodguys invited previous award winning cars back for a special get together. Over 40 classic rides were on hand, showcasing some of the best of the best. Here’s a sample of the vehicles that took home trophies over the years.

Winner of 2022/2023 Goodguys Giveaway Car

Each contestant drew a key to try to start the engine on the 1988 Chevy Truck. This year, the winning key was held by Dennis Whinnery of Fort Worth, TX.    His wife and kids joined in the celebration.   Congratulations to the Whinnery family!

Show Field Awards

Goodguys events are all about cars members and their classic rides. Here are awards that attendees won at this year’s show.

Other Sights on the Show Field

DIY 1947 Dodge with Industrial Hemi

Although at first glance this ‘47 Dodge pickup looked like just another rat rod, the valve covers, labeled “Chrysler Industrial,” were the first clue there was something special about this DIY custom build. Follow this link to find out how this project started and the engine’s unique place in motoring history.  Yeah, it’s got a Hemi.