Goodguys Rod and Custom Association has presented David Pilgrim, the owner of a 1952 Chevy Suburban built by Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop, with its America’s Most Beautiful of 2023 Award, the event organizers announced. The winner was announced during the Goodguys 30th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals held at Texas Motor Speedway on Oct. 1.
The Suburban is powered by an inline-six-cylinder Chevy topped with a vintage Wayne performance cylinder head. The combination is managed by a modern fuel injection system and produces over 500 hp with the aid of twin turbochargers, the builder said, and rides on a Roadster Shop Chassis.
Pilgrim commissioned the vintage Suburban build with the plan to tow a small custom trailer carrying his motorcycles, so Johnson’s designed it to be powerful yet easy to drive, the shop said. Interior highlights include a weathered brown leather interior, air conditioning and other modern amenities, along with plenty of room for passengers and their luggage in the cargo area of the vintage SUV.
Goodguys will be naming its final six winners of the 2023 Top 12 program on Oct. 6, which includes Muscle Car, Custom and Custom Rod, Truck Early, Truck Late, and Muscle Machine of the Year. All Top 12 vehicles will be on display during the final Goodguys event of 2023, the 26th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona, Nov. 17-19.