Manual Trans Racers Unite!
When we spotted this '70 Nova-which belongs to Ed and Angela McConnell of Hilliard, Ohio-we had to take a closer look. The stance was nailed, the look was clean and understated, and the 396ci big-block underhood closed the deal. As we approached, we also took note of the super Spartan interior (no carpet, but really clean), and the five-speed manual trans. Then we saw the UMTR decal on the core support and said "Bingo! That explains everything." The United Manual Transmission Racers (UMTR) association is a regional racing association based mostly in Ohio. They hold heads-up drag racing events strictly for manual transmission cars. It's hard core. It's for real street cars, and it's the way drag racing ought to be. We've always wanted to cover one of their events, but the timing hasn't been right. All we can say is that a UMTR race is one of the most exciting grassroots drag racing events you'll ever see, and they're mostly in Ohio. Congrats to Ed and Angela for trotting out this sweet Nova for us to drool over!

2009 Street Machine Of The Year

Winner
Barry Blomquist
Onalaska, WI
1962 Chevrolet

Finalist
Tom Boltry Kansas City, MO 1969 Dodge Charger

Finalist
Nathan Powell Birmingham, AL 1969 Camaro

Finalist
Devan Gussmeyer Salt Lake City, UT 1968 Mustang

Finalist
Bryan Frank Scotts Bluff, NE 1969 Pontiac

Muscle Car Awards • 12th Goodguys PPG Nationals
Miscellaneous Awards

Chevy Muscle
Doug Smith • Aurora, IL 1971 Chevelle

Class Act
Ron Duttan • Staten Island, NY
1970 Challenger

Classic Trophy Dash by Classic Instruments
Scott and Laura Taylor • Sacramento, CA
1968 Ford Mustang

Cool Camaro
Harold Chapman • Austin, TX
1969 Camaro convertible

Cool Convert
JW Grodt • Springfield, VA
1960 Impala

Cool Cruiser
Bill Kingwell • Munhall, PA
1965 Buick Riviera

FlowMaster American Thunder Award
John Holt • Lebanon Junction, KY
1968 Firebird

Ford in a Ford
Mark Jacobi • Floyds Knobs, IN
1970 Mustang

Ford Muscle
Paul Chemlovsky • Galena, OH
1968 Torino GT convertible

Homebuilt Heaven Pick
Zach & Brenda Straits • Staunton, VA
1961 Ford Starliner

Host Club Pick
Thomas Brumley • Findlay, OH
1963 Dodge Wedge

Air Ride Low, Smooth, Cool Pick
Cindy Alloway • Louisville, TN
1962 Corvette

Meguiars Magnificent Masterpiece
Bill Sefton • Scottsdale, AZ
1969 Mustang

Mighty Muscle
Tom Ferrell • Concord, NC
1969 Camaro

Mighty Mustang
Bob Zobel • Charleston, SC
1969 Mustang

Mopar Muscle
Chuck Kuhn • Hilliard, OH
1966 Plymouth Belvedere II

Mother's Pick Award
Jerry and Gary Rice • Royston, GA
1969 Camaro

Sexy Sedan
Wesley Crum • Mount Vernon, OH
1964 Chevy Biscayne

Slick & Smooth
Brent Elson • North Sioux City, SD
1966 Chevelle

Slick '60s Pick
Don Clark • McKinney, TX
1967 Nova

Sooo Low Pick
Art and Sandra Ramey
Mansfield, OH • 1962 Chevy

Vintage Air Young Guy's Pick
Ryan Martinez • Wauseon, OH
1969 Camaro

Trendsetter Builder's Choice Awards
Douglas McDonald • Baldwin, GA
1967 Camaro

Tom Wahl • Lakeville, MN
1962 Ford

Jason Stavola • Mooresville, NC
1969 Camaro

Billy Morgan • Jefferson City, TN
1962 Chevy Impala

Jeremy Mason • Buford, GA
1967 Camaro

Muscle Car Of The Year Award
Bob and Brenda Yost • Elyria, OH
1969 Camaro

Vendor's Street Challenge Autocross Award
Kyle Tucker, Detroit Speed
Mooresville, NC
1970 Camaro