Goodguys Award Honors Lobeck

May 19, 2011

A new Goodguys award has been created in honor of Midwest hot rodding icon Barry Lobeck.

To celebrate his memory, Ginny Lobeck and the staff at Lobeck’s V8 Hot Rod Parts in Cleveland will select a new award in Barry Lobeck’s memory at the Goodguys 14th PPG Nationals, July 8-10 in Columbus, according to a press release.

Lobeck passed away Jan. 6. The new award will be presented annually at the Goodguys PPG Nationals, marking a new tradition in his native Ohio.

A staple of the Midwest hot rod scene since 1974 when his flamed 1940 Ford coupe landed on the cover of “Hot Rod” magazine, Lobeck and his wife Ginny operated Lobeck’s V8 Shop & Hot Rod Parts since 1984 as well as the Just a Hobby chassis shop in Cleveland. Together they turned Lobeck’s into a “one-stop shop” for hot rodders, offering everything from door hinges to complete turnkey rods and customs, the release noted.

A native of Springfield, Lobeck was one of the most popular hot rod builders outside California, creating a decades-long string of low-slung traditionally styled hot rods.

“It’s a privilege to honor Barry in Columbus,” Marc Meadors, said 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 keep it for a year. The winner’s names will be engraved on the award before it is passed on to future recipients.