Angie Johnson of Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop in Gadsden, Alabama was named Goodguys 2012 Woman of the Year during a special ceremony at the Goodguys 15th annual PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH. Johnson’s passion for vintage cars, hard work and 19-year long commitment to the hot rodding industry along with her prominent role as partner in Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop made her an easy choice for the prestigious honor.
Her interest in classic cars and hot rods was evident from the time she was a child. Her father Gene related that when she was just a little girl, it was cars, not dolls that sparked Angie’s interest. She was the first kid at her high school to drive a Pontiac Fiero – a car that attracted her future husband and business partner Alan. She and Alan’s first date was to a World of Wheels event where he was showing a customized Volkswagen.
A degree in marketing from the University of Alabama combined with years of building and showing award-winning street rods and hi-performance muscle cars have given her the necessary credentials to develop Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop into one of the country’s premier car builders. Angie and Alan’s Alabama shop is credited with building two Goodguys Street Rod of the Year winners, a Street Machine of the Year winner, a Ridler award winner, Mother’s Shine award winners and a 200mph record-holding Bonneville land speed race car along with dozens of other hi-end projects. Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop has also received the Chrysler Design award at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
When she’s not working at the rod shop, Angie donates her time to the Humane Society and looks forward to visiting Destin Beach, Florida as often as possible with family and friends. She’s a dog lover and a proud parent to Winston and Paxton – her West Highland Terriers. Johnson and her husband Alan reside Glencoe, Alabama.