The Snowball Derby has gained many traditions over its first 50 years, one of the most popular being the exceptionally brilliant and creative schemes that Super and Pro Late Model teams have sported over the last few years. This has led to the addition of the Best Appearing Car Awards over Derby weekend, and once again and Horvath Designs are teaming up to present the awards once again.


As has been the case the past few years, you the race fans along with the staff will help to narrow down the Best Appearing Cars for both the Snowball Derby and Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100. Winners from each division will be recognized during pre-race ceremonies and will get a commemorative trophy, courtesy of Horvath Designs.


The Snowball Derby has become one of the top events of the year for Tim Horvath, the founder of Horvath designs, whose company also produces the windshield banners seen on both the Super and Pro Late Models.


“The Snowball Derby has been one of my favorite events for a long time,” Horvath said.  “To be a part of it, not only with the windshield banners, but to come on board and do the Best Appearing Car Awards is one of those things I get really excited for every season. It gets towards the end of the year, like it is now, and giving guys a little bit of a fresh look and a new style always gets me going, especially when they ask me to help design a scheme.”


While taking pride in the many designs he has helped come up with over the past few years, Horvath always enjoys the surprises that fellow designers put together with race teams.


“What I really enjoy is how these designers and teams work together to create stuff,” he stated.  “It’s all about the creativity, who’s going to bring out something that’s new, something that’s fresh. We’re looking forward to seeing all the cars.  I just saw Steve Wallace coming out with his throwback design to his dad’s Snowball car. So, we’re starting to get into that creativity on top of the ‘snow’ themes.”


Naturally, the pressure is on for Horvath in 2018, especially given the historical success for Horvath Designs with the Best Appearing Car Award.


“We won Best Appearing Car in 2014 with Ross Kenseth and the ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ car, and we backed it up with the ‘unwrapped’ car with Brian Campbell. We just had Brad Keselowski with an ‘ugly sweater’ car, and a couple of people on Twitter posted that Horvath Design and Ross Kenseth did it better, which was pretty exciting for me.”


Next week, staff members will narrow down the 10 best schemes in both the Super and Pro Late Models and then post them in photo galleries on the Five Star Facebook Feed for fans to cast their votes.


The fan voting process will be quite simple.  Race fans will just need to “like” the photo of the car that they like they best.  The car receiving the most likes for each division will be announced as winners of the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 Best Appearing Car Award. will have more information about the voting process next week once cars get on the race track at Five Flags Speedway.


Race fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida will be able to see all of the unique paint schemes by watching’s live pay-per-view broadcast throughout the week.  Five-day video tickets are currently available at a discounted price of $74.99 ($35 savings) by clicking here.


The 51st Annual Snowball Derby will take place on Wednesday, November 28 through Sunday, December 2 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. For more information regarding the event, visit Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.


-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Northeast Editor

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Snowball Derby Best Appearing Contest Returns for 2018