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Goodguys 2023 Chevrolet Performance Builder of the Year Awards

By Brian Brennan

Goodguys Rod and Custom Association has announced the winners of the Chevrolet Performance GM Iron and GM Retro Iron Builder of the Year Awards. They were chosen from a group of finalists selected at every 2023 Goodguys national event.

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What is unique about the Chevrolet Performance Builder of the Year Awards is that the award recognizes the builder of the car. There are two Chevrolet Performance Builder of the Year Awards: The GM Iron title goes to a GM-branded car or truck with a GM powertrain, while the GM Retro Iron title is for a non-GM vehicle that is powered by a GM drivetrain. The winning builders will each receive a Chevrolet Performance Connect & Cruise crate powertrain system.

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GM Iron Builder of the Year
Jason Smith of the Hot Rod Garage named GM Iron Builder of the Year for his efforts on the Casey Shires ’63 Corvette powered by a 427ci LS with a six-speed manual transmission.

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GM Retro Iron Builder of the Year
GM Retro Iron Builder of the Year went to Mike Rutter of Rutterz Rodz for the Doyle Thomas ’41 Willys powered by an LS3 backed with a 4L80E transmission.

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Speedway Motors Cars & Coffee
Speedway Motors has kicked off their Saturday Cars & Coffee season (it began on October 7 at their Tolleson, Arizona, location from 9 a.m. to noon). Cars & Coffee will be held the first Saturday of each month, October through December as well as February, March, and April of 2024. Bring your specialty car and enjoy unique rides, conversation, as well as free coffee and doughnuts. Family, friends, and kids are always welcome.

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Speedway Motors’ retail store will be open during Cars & Coffee events so customers can stop by the store and check out the latest new products or chat with a team member for help on their latest project.

For more information about Cars & Coffee in Arizona or the retail store visit

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