Goodguys has announced that Curt Ukasik of RPM Hot Rods in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, has been named the 2010 Goodguys Trendsetter.
Ukasik was presented with the award last Wednesday at the HRIA Industry Awards Reception at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The award is presented annually to rising young talents in the realm of rod and custom car building.
Ukasik has a history of building cutting-edge cars that combine reliability, style and extreme performance, according to Goodguys.
He, along with his team, built Bill Steele’s Model A, which earned the title of Goodguys 2009 Gearstar Hot Rod of the Year.
In addition, he built Bryan Frank’s 1969 Pontiac Trans Am, which was named the Goodguys 2009 Detroit Speed Muscle Machine of the Year.
Ukasik became even more well-known when he took on the build of the 2010 Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway Car, known as the Boss Snake.
Starting with nothing more than a Dynacorn body, various parts from suppliers and a Jon Kaase BOSS 429 hemi, RPM Hot Rods hand-built the majority of the car, including the suspension, engine and body modifications. The car was meant to be a recreation of the famed “Quarterhorse” cars from the 1970s.
Ukasik is the 13th recipient of the Goodguys Trendsetter award.
Past recipients of the award include Chip Foose, Troy Trepanier, Alan Johnson, Eric Peratt, Tim Strange, Dave Lane, Zane Cullen, Dean Livermore, Jesse Greening, Troy Ladd, J.F. Launier and Phil and Jeremy Gerber.
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