Goodguys PPG Nationals 2017

July, 2017

Goodguys PPG Nationals

Once again, Goodguys pulled off another successful PPG Nationals at the Ohio Expo in Columbus, OH. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, they showcased more than 6,500 Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks thru ’72, and as is typically the case, had some great deals in their Swap Meet and Cars 4 Sale Corral. Of course, there was lots of Autocross excitement, as street machines, street rods, and trucks took to the pavement to show what they were made of. The highly-anticipated crowning of the Street Machine of the Year and Street Rod of the Year, and the unveiling of the Goodguys 2018 Giveaway Car were announced during the awards ceremony on Saturday.    There was also something new for the PPG Nationals this year. For car owners who like to show off their rides under the lights and out of the elements, there was an indoor car show.   What a great way to continue your 4th of July celebration!

Winner of 2017 Street Rod of the Year

This year’s winner of the Goodguys Street Rod of the Year was a traditional looking 1932 Ford Tudor, but this totally custom hot rod is anything but typical. Dressed in mile-deep black paint, with accents of gold trim throughout the body, this Y-Block powered creation is worth the time to study all the modifications that have been made to this high-end build. The exceptionalism of this understated beauty is in the details. No doubt the owner, George Poteet, hit another home run. Earlier this year, he made it into the Great 8 with this Tudor, and this car’s been selected as top Street Rod by the Goodguys judges.

The other 4 finalists for Street Rod of the Year (shown in below 11 contenders) were:

  • 1935 Chevy coupe, owned by David Thomas
  • 1933 Ford 3-window coupe, owned by Sonny Freeman
  • 1932 Ford 3-window, owned by Tim Wilson
  • 1938 Graham coupe, owned by Mike Markin

Winner of 2017 Street Machine of the Year

There’s nothing subtle about this year’s Street Machine of the Year winner, a highly-modified 1969 Camaro, sporting bright yellow paint and contrasting black wheels, grill, and trim. Then, there’s the body itself, which has been renovated to give it a more edgy/modern appearance. It’s the owner’s (John Wilkus), vision what the iconic 1st generation Camaro would look like today with all new technology.

The other 4 finalists for Street Machine of the Year (shown in below 13 contenders) were:

  • 1970 ‘Cuda, owned by Casey Hornik
  • 1969 Camaro, owned by Don Atkinson
  • 1966 Split Ray Corvette, owned by Dennis Johnson
  • 1971 Camaro, owned by Rob Roberts


The autocross pit area vibrated with engine music all weekend long, as fast cars and trucks of all makes and models maneuvered the cone-laden autocross track. When the tire smoke cleared, it was Ryan Mathews, driving Detroit Speed’s ’72 Corvette, who posted the fastest time in the Pro Class. Here are some of the other competitors and winners who carved up the asphalt in an exciting autocross weekend in Columbus.


Ryan Mathews, Winner of 2017 Goodguys PPG Nationals Autocross Pro Class