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Cars On Line.com was on hand to cover the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. This was the best Goodguys Nationals ever. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus  …

The Goodguys PPG Nationals was one of the wildest weekends ever here in Columbus, Ohio, July 8-10, 2016. Talk about action! This is one of Cars On Line’s favorite shows all season. But this weekend was truly something special.

The 1939 Oldsmobile Model 60 Convertible that won the Ridler Award this winter in Detroit achieved legendary status by taking the title of Goodguys Classic Instruments’ Street Rod of the Year for 2016.

1939 Olds Goodguys Street Rod of the Year at the Goodguys PPG Nationals

1939 “Olds Cool” is chosen Classic Instruments’ Street Rod of the Year for 2016. It also won the Ridler Award at Detroit this winter. Click here to see more photos of this legendary 1939 Oldsmobile Model 60 Convertible from the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Likewise, here at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, a 1969 Coyote Mustang was awarded the prestigious PPG Street Machine of the Year trophy for 2016.

1969 Coyote Mustang wins PPG Street Machine of the Year at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus

1969 Coyote Mustang wins PPG Street Machine of the Year for 2016 at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus. Click here to see more pictures. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

There we were at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio as thousands of street rods and customs were arriving from all over the country. This is Goodguys premier show with over 6,500 hot rods, customs, muscle cars and classic trucks expected to register to be displayed here.  The PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, July 8-10, 2016 is the biggest show of the year for Goodguys. Of course, the Cars On Line.com car show team arrived in Columbus to cover all the action. The Goodguys Columbus Nationals, held at the Ohio Expo Center,  is one of our favorite shows all year. (Follow this link for schedules of events for the Goodguys PPG Nationals this weekend. Photo journalists Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAutos.com were on hand to cover all the action for Cars On Line.com.

What we didn’t know is how much fun it is to attend the Goodguys Nostalgia Drags at the National Trail Raceway on Friday night. Man, it was worth the trip just to be there.  Click the video window below to get a taste of the action during the Nostalgia Drags at the Goodguys PPG Nationals:

Here are a few photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com as he captured some of the fun. Does this bring back some memories?

 

The most popular event at Goodguys shows this year has been the Goodguys Autocross sponsored by Optima Batteries. All of the contenders for the Street Machine of the Year Award must participate in the Autocross competition as part of the qualifying process.

1972 Corvette wins Goodguys Autocross

The 1972 Corvette driven by Danny Popp wins the big check for $5,000 for JRI Shocks during the Autocross Shootout on Saturday.

Goodguys Autocross winner JRI Shocks, with driver Danny Popp

(Follow this link to find out more about Goodguys Autocross events.)

 

Country music star James Otto was playing LIVE Friday night, July 8th at the TGIF party at the Crowne Plaza Columbus! The concert was presented by our friends at RideTech.

Thursday Poker Run – Register by 10am. Then there will be the Thursday Registration Party – Noon-4pm at the Ohio Expo Center Cardinal Lot, with DJ and food available Noon-2pm.

One of the last big surprises at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus on Sunday was the awarding of the Goodguys 2016 Giveaway Car, a 1932 Ford Roadster.  As this photo indicates, Gaylord Schroeder of Covington, Washington was ecstatic when his key started the Giveaway Car. Twenty-two Goodguys Nationals winners were eligible to win the award. Goodguys Rod & Custom Association gave out twenty-two keys to the eligible winners. When it came Schroeder’s turn to put his key in the ignition, it not only fit, but it started the hot rod right up. It was a moment Schroeder will never forget.

Gaylord Schroeder wins a 1932 Ford Roadster at the Goodguys PPG Nationals

Here is a shot of the 22 Nationals winners eligible to win the 1932 Ford Roadster Goodguys Giveaway car.

2016 Goodguys Giveaway car, a 1932 Deuce Roadster

 

This is the one Goodguys event you just can’t afford to miss. Click here to find out how to get tickets. If you order your tickets online the week before the show you can get them at a discount from the price at the gate.  Active military and veterans can receive a $5 discount at the gate if they bring their military ID.

 

Goodguys Columbus Nationals 2015

Goodguys Columbus Nationals 2015

 

Finalists at Goodguys Columbus Nationals 2015 …

Dodging the weather all weekend, the big events at the Goodguys Columbus Nationals 2015  came off without a hitch. Although rain was threatening early each day, the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio dried up in time for the judged events here.

Photo-journalist Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com has posted this video which captures the atmosphere on the grounds of the Goodguys Columbus Nationals 2015. Click the video window to take in the sights and sounds of this years Goodguys event:

On SaGoodguys Columbus Nationals 2015turday Goodguys announced the winner of the Goodguys Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year, as well as the Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year. These are two of the most coveted awards in the custom car hobby. Both were announced here on Saturday at the Goodguys Columbus Nationals 2015.

That’s when we found out that the Goodguys Street Rod of the Year is a 1937 Chevy Coupe owned by Diane and Chuck Rowe of Memphis, Tennessee. The Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Award is sponsored by Classic Instruments, and is one of the most prestigious awards offered in the street rod hobby.

Those who have seen this special street rod have called it “Simply Amazing!” It certainly has the credentials. This 1937 Chevy Coupe won the title of Best Hot Rod at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona. It also was the Gold Goodguys Award winner at the 2014 SEMA Show. It features an all-aluminum McLaren Chevrolet Big Block V8 (rare vintage motor used in Can-Am race series). It also has suicide doors, an Art Morrison chassis, Mike Long G-Force 6-speed transmission, one-off Alloway ET wheels, red leather interior and Classic Intrument gauges.

Interestingly, the 1937 Chevy Coupe beat out some pretty intense competition including two Great 8 finalists from this year’s Ridler Award competition at the 2015 Detroit Autorama. See photos of the Goodguys Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year here in a slideshow.  See the Top Five finalists as well as other top contenders for the award below:

The winner of the Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year for 2015 is a 1967 Corvette owned by Sonny Freeman of Lafayette, Louisiana. What you may not be able to tell from the photos is that this Corvette Custom is done in all brushed nickel, and featured tucked bumpers … something that did not allude the judges. It has an built LS7 Chevy motor. Freeman’s Corvette had to beat out some stiff competition from Willy Maise’ 1965 Dodge Dart SL Street Touring car, a Great 8 Award winner at this years Ridler Award competition at the 2015 Detroit Autorama.

Here are photos of the Goodguys Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year:

Here are the Top Five runnersup for the Street Machine of the Year award sponsored by Optima Batteries, plus many of the other contenders not chosen to the Top Five:

Out of the 20+ contenders in each of the Street Rod and Street Machine categories, only five finalists were chosen.  These 10 cars were then moved to center-stage and the owners/builders were interviewed in front of the audience.  Then the winners in each category were announced.

Over 100 cars received trophies in various categories. Here are some of the cars as they paraded to the awards ceremony:


What an exciting day for Rick Lingen of Cave Creek, Arizona here at the Goodguys Columbus Nationals 2015. Out of 21 Goodguys Show Winners eligible for the Goodguys Truck Giveway today he chose the lucky key from the bowl that started the prize 1970 Chevy G-10 Custom Pickup.  There were 21 winners here from Goodguys events around the country in the past 12 months. Each one took a turn to draw a key from a bowl. One key would start the G-10 Custom. Lingen was the eighth person to draw a key and when he tried to fit it into the ignition and the truck fired, the place erupted. Confetti and balloons dropped from the ceiling. At that point Lingen knew he had won the prize Goodguys custom truck. Boy, did his face light up. He was smilin’ from ear to ear. See photos in the slider below:

On Saturday, the stage was set for the announcement of the 2016 Goodguys Giveway Car here at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio as Cars On Line.com was on hand to cover the unveiling of next year’s Goodguys Giveway Car. When the cover came off, baloons filled the air and the hoopla was impressive. You’ll be seeing a lot of this 1932 Ford Old School Hot Rod during the next year at all the national level Goodguys events. It will be awarded to one of the Goodguys Nationals winners here at Columbus next year. All of the show winners from now until next July will have a chance to win this incredible ride.

2016 Goodguys Giveaway Car at the Goodguys Columbus Nationals 2015

This year’s Goodguys Columbus Nationals 2015 was even bigger than last years record show.  According to Goodguys Rod & Custom Association there were over 6,300 cars registered at the PPG sponsored Goodguys Columbus Nationals 2015. Cars On Line.com readers were able to follow all the action just as if they were there. Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com reported here  and  on Twitter the whole weekend. There was a lot to cover. Cars On Line.com readers were able to see his photos and videos here and on our Facebook page. Click here to view his article on the Goodguys Columbus Nationals 2015.

The Goodguys Columbus Nationals is the biggest show of the year for America’s largest street rod and customs organization. Some of the top cars in the country are on hand for the show. For many years this has been where hot rod history was made with the top cars in the hobby meeting here to contend for the two biggest awards of the summer car show season.

Here is a look at many of the incredible cars we spotted at the show:

2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year

1932 Ford Fordor 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year

2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year 1932 Ford Fordor

 

1932 Ford Fordor 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year

The Goodguys 2014 Street Rod of the Year is a 1932 Ford Fordor owned by Don Smith of Mansfield, TX. This will make a lot of our Cars On Line.com newsletter readers happy. Many remember it as the car that came in second in the judging in the Detroit Autorama for the Ridler Award in March.  Don Smith and his wife Carolyn will be pleased. They are some of the nicest people on earth. We congratulate them for their belief in this car.

2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year 1932 Ford Fordor owned by Don Smith

Don Smith (holding the 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year award) and company pose for winning photos with his 1932 Ford Fordor.

Earlier this afternoon the 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Finalists were announced. We barely had time to get the announcement up on Facebook when we were hearing that the winner was about to be announced.  Here are the finalists for the 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year award.

-Don Smith, Mansfield, TX, 1932 Ford Fordor
-Mike Johnston, Livonia, NY, 1935 Ford coupe
-Rocky Boler, South Hampton, NY, 1933 Ford coupe
-John Fry, Tuscola, IL, 1940 LaSalle
-Steve Grub, W Des Moines, IA, 1932 coupe

1932 Ford

The 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year is the 1932 Ford 4-Door Sedan brought to the Columbus show by Don and Carolyn Smith from Mansfield, Texas. It made the Great 8 at the Ridler Award competition in Detroit this year. This is a very detailed “old school” style build. Click here to get more phtoos and history on this incredible custom hot rod.

1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe

Here is another Great 8 finalist from the Ridler Award competition in Detroit this year. Our readers will remember this 1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe owned by Rocky Boles of Southampton, NY. It has Pete & Jakes and Kugel custom components and a great PPG Root Beer pearled paint. Note the one-off Evod custom wheels. Click here for more photos and history on this unique street rod.

1935 Ford Coupe

The 1935 Ford 3-Window Coupe owned by Mike Johsnston of Livonia, NY has been named to the Final 5 cars to be considered for the 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year award. It has a 428 Ford FE engine and Tremec 5-speed. The car has been stretched in front and has a custom trunk.

1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe owneb by Steve Grub of Des Moines, IA

1940 LaSalle

1940 LaSalle owned by John Fry from Tuscola, IL

By the end of the day on Friday they were lining up the top cars entered in the 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year competition here in Columbus, Ohio. We are here covering the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals for our newsletter readers. The is the ultimate Goodguys event.

By mid-day on Saturday we already knew which of these incredible street rods would be included in the Top Five. Quite frankly we thought some of the incredible rides you’ll see here below would have been in the top five. Here are some of the other cars that were in the competition for 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year:

1937 Ford Woody Wagon for 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year

A 1937 Ford Woody Wagon done all custom was entered in the 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year competition by Mike Lynch of Ft Dodge, IA. It has an LS1 Chevy small block, 4L60E transmission, TCI chassis with Ride Tech Air Ride, Leather by Upholstery Unlimited and PPG base coat/clear coat paint.

 

1930 Ford Model A Street Rod

Bill Yorker of Canton, CT brought his ioncredible extreme custom 1930 Ford Model A to the Goodguys Columbus Nationals here in Ohio. That is a blown 528 Hemi engine towering over the chopped and channeled street rod. It will be one of the cars competing for 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year.

1930 Ford Model A Hemi engine

 

1947 Buick Super Convertible

Dale Turner is putting the finishing strokes on that Dupont Chroma paint as he prepares his 1947 Buick Super Custom Convertible for the competition for 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year.

 

1947 Hudson Custom Pickup

The custom paint and bed on this “over the top” 1947 Hudson Custom Truck are pretty edgy. Jason McPike from Cypress, Texas says his truck was built by Painthouse. The colors are “Green Acres Pearl” over “Bad,Bad, Leroy Brown.”

 

 

 

 

 

Street Machine of the Year Award

1967 Chevy Nova 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year

“Understated.” That’s how photo-jounalist Bob Boberg described a 1967 Chevy Nova resto mod custom when it won the 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year title here in Columbus, Ohio this evening. No shiny chrome, no high rise engine sticking out of the hood, no bling! This low key rocket is an exquisite example of today’s modern technology influencing the custom car hobby.

Some of the top names in the hobby were involved with this car. It was painted by Charley Hutton of Charley Hutton Color Studio, famous for his work on many Ridler Award winners. It has a custom one-off interior that was designed by Eric Brockmeyer and fabricated by Extreme Performance. The engine is a NASCAR engine from Rick Hendrick. It is a small block Chevy 355 SB2. Tim Allen told us it was rated at 850 base horsepower at the rear wheels. It uses Precision turbos with custom fabricated manifolds. Click here for an in-depth look at the 1967 Chevy Nova when it was a Great 8 finalist for the Ridler Award.

1967 Chevy Nova 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year

Miranda Built, a Florida custom car design shop did the design and build. It was their idea to wire the car to be controlled by an iPad or iPhone. The Ride Tech Shock Waves and all the electronics are controlled with an iPad screen in the dash utilizing an ISIS Intelligent Multiplex System. The Budnick Gasser D wheels are custom colored to fit the design and paint of the overall car.

Steve Tornari and his team with the 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year

Steve Tornari (in front with black cap) is shown with Tim Allen (center) of Miranda Built as they pose for cameras with the 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year behind them.

Earlier on Saturday, the 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year top five finalists had been chosen. Here are the Top 5 as given to us by Goodguys Rod & Custom Association:
-Angelo Vespi, St Augustine, FL, 1969 Chevy Camaro
-Steve Smith, Manchester, NH, 1958 Corvette
-JF Launier, Osyoos, BC, 1964 Buick Riviera
-Steve Tornari, Palm City, FL, 1967 Chevy Nova
-Dom & Becky Farbo, Williamsville, NY, 1965 Mustang

1964 Buick Riviera Custom Ridler Award winner at the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals

The 2014 Ridler Award Winner, a 1964 Buick Riviera Custom with unique Twin Turbocharged engine, will be in the running for 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year at the Goodguys Columbus Nationals this weekend. Click here for an in-depth look at this Custom street machine. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

1967 Chevy Nova

1967 Chevy Nova engne

This incredible 1967 Chevy Nova Custom was one of the Great 8 finalists for the Ridler Award in Detoit earlier this year. Not only is it a phenomonal build, it incorporates things like an Ipad controlled dash to lower and raise the suspension. It is owned by Steve Tornari of Palm City, Florida. Today it is a finalist in the 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year competition. Click here for more photos and info on this custom street machine. 

 

1969 Camaro Custom

Angelo Vespi of Detroit Speed has a very fast time on the Autocross course today in his 1969 Custom Camaro. The car was very aggressive and did a 30 second time.

1969 Camaro motor

 

1965 Mustang in the final five for the 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award

This 1965 Ford Mustang was custom built by the Ring Brothers, who made their claim to fame creating Mustang Resto Mods. This one is owned by Dom and Becky Farbo of Williamsville, NY. It has a NASCAR 427 big block motor and a Tremec transmission.

1958 Corvette Custom

Steve and Dawn Smith of Manchester, MD had a sweet 1958 Corvette Custom in the competition for 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year. The unqiue fuel injection system looked as good as the paint.

 

About twenty cars were pulled into the indoor display where the Street Machine of the Year award contenders will be announced here on Saturday. We were here at the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals where the tension was mounting for the car owners who entered their custom muscle cars in the Street Machine of the Year Award competition. Five cars were picked for the final judging here by mid-day on Saturday.

Here are more of the top cars we saw in the 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year competition:

1966 Chevy II for Street Machine of the Year

A 1966 Chevy II with so many body mods you don’t know where to start was brought here to Columbus by Bill Boziden of Lafayette, Louisiana. It has a 6.0L Chevy Supercharged engine and a TR6060 tranny.

Chevy 6.0L Supercharged engine

 

 

1967 Chevelle

1967 Chevelle motor

 

 

1963 Corvette Custom

1963 Covette Custom motor

 

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge to vie for the Street Machine of the Year award at the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals

The beautiful paint on this 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Custom hardtop is a treat to behold. We saw it here on Friday at the Autocross course. It was later found to be part of the display of hot rod muscle cars vying for the title Street Machine of the Year at the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

 

2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals

Cars at 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals

Last day at 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals …

This was one of the best shows of the year so far. What a blast we had at the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals on Sunday, the final day of the show. According to Goodguys Rod & Custom Association there were over 6,100 cars registered at the PPG sponsored Goodguys Nationals this weekend.

Sunday afternoon the crowd in the awards hall went crazy when they announced the winner of the Goodguys’ “Logo” car drawing. The chopped and channeled 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan was won by Terry Morgan of San Diego, California. The ’32 Deuce Tudor had been promoted for the last two years.  It is a car that was built as a “tribute” to the Goodguys logo (i.e. yellow hot rod).  Terry’s son Eric drew the winning key.  There were 34 people in the contest from all over the US.  All contestants drew keys from a bow. One of the keys would start the car.  Eric was the 25th person to try his luck and was obviously one happy guy.

1932 Ford Tudor

A chopped and channeled 1932 Ford Tudor hot rod was a “tribute” to the car seen on the Goodguys’ logo. It was also the Goodguys “Giveaway” car won by Terry Morgan of San Diego, CA. The announcement came on Sunday. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com>

1932 Ford Tudor with Morgan's son.

Erice Morgan (yellow shirt) drew the winning key that started the 1932 Ford Tudor “logo” car  at the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals. He won the car for his father  Terry Morgan of San Diego, CA.

Here is a video of the awards ceremony for the Goodguys Rod & Custom giveaway car:

 

Yesterday Goodguys Rod & Custom Association crowned their 2014 Street Machine of the Year winner and their 2014 Street Rod of the Year award winner. Here are the winning cars:

1967 Chevy Nova at 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals

Steve Tornari’s 1967 Chevy Nova resto mod custom has been named 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year. This high tech custom may be setting the stage for a more modern type of custom design with its computer controlled suspension, custom paint with matching wheels and carbon fiber engine compartment. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAustos.com)

On Saturday evening here at the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals we were told that a 1967 Chevy Nova resto mod from Florida was the new 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year. Click this link to learn more about the 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year and see photos of the top five finalists.

1932 Ford

A 1932 Ford Fordor Old School hot rod has been named 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year. The announcement just came from Columbus, Ohio where the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals are being held. The ’32 Ford is owned by Don and Carolyn Smith of Mansfield, Texas. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Earlier in the afternoon, the 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year was chosen. A 1932 Ford Fordor won the top street rod award. The 1932 Ford Fordor is owned by Don and Carolyn Smith of Mansfield, Texas.

The top five finalists for the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals were chosen early on Saturday. Click here to view photos of the 1932 Ford Fordor and  the Top 5 finalists.

As the Friday session of the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals came to an end we had already packed a week’s worth of action into one day. The Autocross racing early in the day, the display of the Street Machine of the Year and Street Rod of the Year competition and the Vintage Drags at the National Trail Raceway. That’s a lot to take in for one day. But it was worth it. We’re here reporting on all the action at the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.

1930 Ford Model A street rod at the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals

An extreme chopped 1930 Ford Model A with a Blown 528 Hemi was brought to Columbus by Bill Yorker of Canton, Connecticut. It is one of the most astounding sights here at the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals. It will be competing for the 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year award.

The 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals is the biggest show of the year for America’s largest street rod and customs organization. Some of the top cars in the country were on hand to compete in the much heralded Goodguys 2014 Optima Battery Street Machine of the Year competition. The Goodguys 2014 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year was also announced this weekend. Cars On Line.com published the winner here on Saturday. Cars On Line.com covered the 2014 Goodguys Columbus Nationals at the Ohio Expo Center here in Columbus all weekend.

On Friday morning J.F. Launier and his Ridler Award winning 1964 Buick Riviera called “Rivision” competed in the Autocross competition which is a requirement to be considered for the 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award. Launier put on a good show with a 36-second run. He was holding nothing back as he spun around the corners and stood on it through the finish line. This performance may have vaulted him into the leadership among the cars competing to be 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year. Take a look at his first run in video below:

The judging for both the 2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award and the 2014 Goodguys Street Rod of the Year award will begin on Saturday. We will bring you photos of some of the contestants here. The field of about 20 for each award will be weeded down to just five tomorrow. The announcement of which cars will be in the top five for each award will be carried here. So stay tuned to this page for more on the top five cars.

The Goodguys Columbus Nationals is also known as the Goodguys 17th Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals since PPG is the big sponsor of this event. For many years this has been where hot rod history was made with the top cars in the hobby meeting here to contend for the two biggest awards of the summer car show season.