Goodguys announced the winning custom builders in eight categories for its 2022 award season with actor and comedian Kevin Hart’s 1969 Plymouth Road Runner built by Salvaggio Designs winning Muscle Machine of the Year.
Kevin Hart’s 1969 Plymouth Road Runner was selected out of eight finalists. The winner was selected from the 2022 Del Mar Nationals based on high-level performance modifications including handling, stance, engineering and body and paint to a vintage 1960-1997 muscle car.
Hart’s request to Salvaggio Designs for the Road Runner project was simple, “Build me a street machine that is timeless and innovative.” Dane Salvaggio took this request to heart and built a Mopar with a Michael Myers Halloween vibe throughout.
Finished in black over a black with orange trim interior, this Road Runner is powered by a 426cid Hemi with a Whipple supercharger and a Holley Dominator EFI set up. The engine is paired with a manual transmission.
The finalists were selected from among eligible qualifiers at 2022 Goodguys events throughout the U.S., and then voted on by a committee of industry experts and Goodguys staff members.
Custom Rod of the Year: David Biegler’s 1964 Buick Riviera built by Cruzer’s Customs. Out of seven finalists, the winner was selected from the 2022 Del Mar Nationals based on the customization of a vintage 1949-1972 rod that tastefully blends modifying techniques or factory stock bodies with modern-day performance, engineering, components and styling.
Muscle Car of the Year: Roger Gaultney’s 1969 1/2 Plymouth Road Runner restored by Superior Auto Works in Delaware. Out of 15 finalists, the winner was selected from the 2022 North Carolina Nationals based on its design that honors an original factory stock or original fully restored 1960-1987 muscle car of superb quality.
Truck of the Year Early (up to 1959): Alex Short’s 1958 Ford built by Revision Rods & Rides. Out of nine finalists, the winner was selected from the 2022 Nashville Nationals based on customization and design to honor an outstanding pre-1960 tricked-out truck.
Truck of the Year Late (1960-1997): Mark Sandfort’s 1965 Chevy C10 built by South City Rod & Custom. Out of seven finalists, the winner was selected from the 2021 Autumn Get Together based on customization and design to honor an outstanding 1960-1997 tricked-out truck.
Chevrolet Performance GM Iron Builder of the Year: Big Oak Garage’s 1961 Chevy Impala from the 2022 Summit Racing Nationals. The award recognizes an exceptional GM-bodied build with GM power.
Chevrolet Performance GM Retro Iron Builder of the Year: Hollywood Hot Rods’ 1932 Ford Coupe from the 2022 Del Mar Nationals. The award recognizes an exceptional non-GM-bodied build with GM power.
Next Generation of the Year: Conner Wick’s 1967 Chevy G10 Van from the 2022 Pacific Northwest Nationals. The award celebrates the accomplishments of car and truck builders aged 25 and under.
“Our shows bring some of the most talented custom builders in the country out to share their builds with other enthusiasts, and we are lucky and humbled to have both builders and owners choose Goodguys events to showcase their creations,” said Goodguys COO Andrew Ebel. “These winners represent the top of cutting-edge performance and design, and the passion these builders pour into their customs is a key component of what helps make Goodguys shows the events they are today.”
All award-winning cars will be displayed at the Goodguys 25th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals at WestWorld of Scottsdale on Nov. 18-20, 2022, in Scottsdale, Arizona.