Goodguys added another jem to its Crown Jewel event Saturday afternoon when Robert Anderson’s ’36 Pontiac was named the 2018 BASF America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod at the 32nd West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton.
Built by Legends Hot Rod Shop in Martin, Tennessee, Anderson’s Pontiac, named “Pindian,” has had quite a year. It was a Great 8 finalist for the Ridler Award at the 2018 Detroit Autorama and made the Top Five for Goodguys Street Rod of the Year last month in Columbus, Ohio. The radical sedan has been stretched, chopped, stylized and refined into a sleek modern masterpiece. It rides on a custom Roadster Shop chassis with a supercharged LT4 engine and beautiful one-off wheels from Evod Industries. The custom interior is highlighted by an incredible globe-shaped instrument cluster built by Dakota Digital.
The five finalists for the award were announced early Saturday afternoon and included a diverse array of pre-’49 American vehicles. In addition to Anderson’s Pontiac, there was Pete Aardema’s ’34 Ford, powered by a big block Chevy engine with Porsche heads; Jim Bridgewater’s ’37 Ford built by All Ways Hot Rods, which debuted at this event; Erik and Oksana Hansen’s ’32 Ford Fordoor built by Tim Strange; and Greg Meyer’s ’33 Chevy roadster from A&M Deluxe Customs.
The special Saturday afternoon awards ceremony included interviews with each car’s owner or builder, followed by BASF’s Tina Nelles assisting Goodguys emcee John Drummond in opening the sealed envelope. Robert Anderson pumped his arms in victory when he heard his name announced!
Congratulations goes out to all the America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod finalists, especially Robert Anderson, Steve Legens, and the crew from Legens Hot Rod Shop. Watch for a full feature on the Pindian Monday on good-guys.com, as well as in the January issue of the Goodguys Gazette.