Goodguys Rod and Custom Association has named the winners of its 2023 Chevrolet Performance GM Iron and GM Retro Iron Builders of the Year Awards, the event organizers announced.
The GM Iron Builder of the Year was awarded to Jason Smith and Hot Rod Garage for its 427 LS-powered 1963 Corvette build, while Mike Rutter and Rutterz Rodz took home the GM Retro Iron Builder fo the Year award for an LS3-powered 1941 Willys.
The winning builders and vehicles were chosen from a group of finalists that were selected at every 2023 Goodguys National event throughout the country, Goodguys representatives said. 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 and Cruise crate powertrain system.
Both winning vehicles will be on display alongside the 2023 Goodguys Top 12 lineup during the upcoming 26th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals on Nov. 17-19 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
GM Iron Builder of the Year
Jason Smith & Hot Rod Garage – 1963 Corvette powered by a 427c.i. LS with a 6-speed manual transmission.
GM Retro Iron Builder of the Year
Mike Rutter & Rutterz Rodz – 1941 Willys powered by an LS3 paired with a 4L80E transmission.