Ten cars and their owners took top honors at the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY, June 16-17. The event was the fourth of ten hot rod and custom car shows that a panel of STREET RODDER editors and experts from Painless Performance Products will visit this year in search of the hottest street rod in the country. Over the course of the car show season, 100 street rods will be chosen to compete in the 2012 Painless Performance Products presents the STREET RODDER Top 100.
The winners from the Bowling Green event were:
Jean & Kert Lancaster, Warner Robins, GA - 1930 Model A Coupe
Jack Ostrander, Waterford, MI - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad
Dave Pennington, Germantown, OH - 1933 Ford Tudor
James Reading, Shepherdsville, KY - 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline
Rick Duffin, Mansfield, TX - 1961 Impala SS
Jason Graham, Portland, TN - 1930 Model A Coupe
Carolyn Smith, Mansfield, TX - 1947 Ford Woodie
Bill Kuntz, Salem, IN - 1933 Ford 3W Coupe
Oscar & Jane Gamble, Paducah, KY - 1932 Ford Roadster
Tom Venezia, Dayton, MD - 1941 Willys Coupe
By the end of November, 100 street rods will have been selected to compete for the coveted title of "Street Rod of the Year." The winner will earn not only the respect and admiration of their peers, but their vehicle will also be featured in the pages of STREET RODDER magazine; an honor every street rod enthusiast across the country aspires to achieve. (The next group of 10 finalists will be selected at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH, July 6-8.)
Each of the 100 finalists will receive a custom-made jacket with the Top 100 logo and those of Painless Wiring and STREET RODDER magazine. The car owner that wins "Street Rod of the Year" will also receive a custom-made, leather sleeved jacket and a one-of-a-kind trophy, featuring a billet aluminum air cleaner with the likeness of their car engraved on the top plate, from Eddie's Motorsports.