2014 GNRS Wrap-Up
We’ve just returned from a weekend in Pomona, California, for the 65th Grand National Roadster Show. Once again the GNRS lived up to its promise of being the “Grand Daddy of Them All” with an amazing array of hot rods, customs, lowriders, and competition cars spread throughout the buildings and parking lots of the Fairplex. In between hanging out with friends new and old at The Rodder’s Journal booth, we found some time to photograph a handful of entries to give you a taste of what was on display.
Each year Building 9 is home to a special exhibit focusing on one particular aspect of hot rodding. This year, the crew at Rod Shows teamed up with veteran Bonneville racer Ron Main to commemorate the 100th anniversary of racing on the salt with their exhibit, “Bonneville: A Century of Speed.” The building was filled with everything from current streamliners to prehistoric land speed racers that carved the earliest paths through the salt. We all know how much technology has evolved over the last 100 years, but to be able to see that evolution from one car to the next, all under one roof, was something special.
We always love spending time in the Suede Palace. It’s interesting that what began as an exhibition of unfinished and un-restored hot rods and customs now features a large number of very nicely detailed, painted, and upholstered rides. That’s not to say that there weren’t plenty of barn finds and in-progress projects to check out as well, and the creativity on display in those cars and the handmade trophies awarded during the weekend is always impressive.
The weather was beautiful all weekend and the outdoor cruise-in was packed on both Saturday and Sunday. We even drove the TRJ Deuce Roadster out to the Fairplex to join the festivities. With over 500 cars on display inside the Fairplex and 800 more outside, it’s an overwhelming amount to take in during a three-day show. The team at Rod Shows should be commended for their efforts pulling it all together in what is always an enjoyable and exciting weekend of hot rodding.
If you weren’t able to be there this year, mark your calendar for 2015, because it’s sure to be another memorable event. And for those who did make it and who stopped by The Rodder’s Journal booth, we appreciate you taking the time to say hello. We always enjoy spending time with our readers and hearing about what you’ve got going on in your garage.