Rod And Custom Of The Year AwardsWhen we decided to hand out Rod of the Year and Custom of the Year awards at last year's event, we knew we wanted the winners to have to earn it. The two winners last year did just that. Jim Karls and his '32 Ford roadster and Gary Kuck and his '60 Corvette weren't afraid to push their rides through the performance tests, as the final results showed. The Rod & Custom Rod of the Year is open to pre-1949 vehicles and the Rod & Custom Custom of the Year is open to cars manufactured from 1949 to 1964. For the custom class, a '62 Bonneville with an injected LS1 is as equally welcome as a '51 Merc with whitewalls; we're looking for anything built to perform.

When our sister publications Classic Trucks and Custom & Classic Trucks saw the success we had with these awards, they wanted in on it too. So, if you have a truck but felt it didn't fit one of the Rod & Custom classes, you're in luck because there will be Truck of the Year (early: pre-49) and Truck of the Year (late: 1949-1972) awards up for grabs.

Entrants who want to participate will need to be at the Americruise on Friday by noon and will be parked in a specified area. The R&C, Classic Trucks, and Custom & Classic Trucks staffs will go around and select the Top Five in each of their respective classes based on the following judged categories:

* Exterior Design* Fit and Finish* Interior* Engine Compartment* Undercarriage

Once the Top Fives have been selected, it'll start getting interesting. They will each be ran through a safety inspection, and then they will make some timed runs through the autocross course, do a 0-40-mph acceleration test and a 40-0-mph brake test on Saturday. The best car in each event will be awarded 100 points and the rest will be awarded a percentage of points based on how close they were to the best time. On Saturday night, these 10 cars will be required to participate in a cruise (Reliability Test) to somewhere in Lincoln. The cruise will be pass or fail-if you make it, you get 100 points, if not, you get none.

Such A DealWhere else can you have this much fun for just $20? That's right, pre-registration is only $20 and includes a vehicle, a driver and co-pilot credentials (kids 15 and younger get in free), a goodie bag, and your chance to take part in any of the activities listed.

* Americruise Tours* Go & Whoa* Autocross Course* Rod & Custom Rod of the Year Competition* Rod & Custom Custom of the Year Competition* Manufacturers' Row* Super Prize Giveaways