Goodguys has announced that a new award will be given away at the 14th PPG Nationals this year to honor the memory of Midwest hot rodding icon Barry Lobeck. Barry’s wife Ginny, as well as the staff of Lobeck’s V8 Hot Rod Parts, will select the winner of the award at the event, which takes place July 8-10 in Columbus, Ohio.
A native of Springfield, Lobeck had a reputation for building low-slung, traditionally styled hot rods. He became a staple of the Midwest hot rod scene after his flamed 1940 Ford coupe landed on the cover of Hot Rod magazine, according to Goodguys. He and his wife ran Lobeck’s V8 Shop & Hot Rod Parts, as well as Just a Hobby chassis shop, both of which are located in Cleveland, Ohio, until Barry’s death in January 2011.
Starting this year, the award will be selected annually at the Goodguys PPG Nationals marking a new tradition in his native Ohio.
“It’s a privilege to honor Barry in Columbus,” said Marc Meadors, Goodguys president. “He was a towering figure in the Midwest hot rod scene. His influence was felt nationwide both from a design and manufacturing standpoint. He enjoyed driving a hot rod to Columbus and hanging out with his friends and business partners. This will be a great way to honor his legacy.”
The award itself will be perpetual, allowing each recipient to hold on to it for a year. The winner’s names will be engraved on the award before it’s passed on to future recipients.
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