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.

The 65th Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California, wrapped up on Sunday. Among the nearly 1,000 rods and customs on display was Richard Munz’ Bill Breece Deuce three-window clone, currently under construction at South City Rod & Custom. In the background is Nick Rogers’ ’51 Merc.

The 65th Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California, wrapped up on Sunday. Among the nearly 1,000 rods and customs on display was Richard Munz’ Bill Breece Deuce three-window clone, currently under construction at South City Rod & Custom. In the background is Nick Rogers’ ’51 Merc.

Among the AMBR contenders was this ’31 Ford roadster pickup built by Michigan’s Roseville High School shop class. A smallblock Chevy with wild fenderwell headers resides behind the Deuce grille shell.

Among the AMBR contenders was this ’31 Ford roadster pickup built by Michigan’s Roseville High School shop class. A smallblock Chevy with wild fenderwell headers resides behind the Deuce grille shell.

The Syclone Motorsports ’32 Ford “Gerber Special” was given a break from its land speed racing duties to compete for the AMBR. It has been clocked at over 200 mph more than 35 times.

The Syclone Motorsports ’32 Ford “Gerber Special” was given a break from its land speed racing duties to compete for the AMBR. It has been clocked at over 200 mph more than 35 times.

The record-setting “City of Burbank” streamliner of George Hill and Bill Davis has been recreated by Davis and Dave Thomas. The original was destroyed in a crash in 1955.

The record-setting “City of Burbank” streamliner of George Hill and Bill Davis has been recreated by Davis and Dave Thomas. The original was destroyed in a crash in 1955.

E-T Wheels founder Dick Beith’s three-cylinder outboard-powered streamliner set records at Bonneville in ’69 and ’74 under Don Barr and Tony Lloyd’s ownership. Lloyd restored it for current owner Dennis Varni in 2013.

E-T Wheels founder Dick Beith’s three-cylinder outboard-powered streamliner set records at Bonneville in ’69 and ’74 under Don Barr and Tony Lloyd’s ownership. Lloyd restored it for current owner Dennis Varni in 2013.

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.

Long Beach’s Cavaliers car club showed a number of nice rods and customs, including this Model A roadster on Deuce rails and flathead-powered sport coupe. The roadster took home Best of Show in the Suede Palace.

Long Beach’s Cavaliers car club showed a number of nice rods and customs, including this Model A roadster on Deuce rails and flathead-powered sport coupe. The roadster took home Best of Show in the Suede Palace.

Vintage Hammer Garage had a number of rods and customs on display, including Bill Branch’s mild custom ’53 Ford Vicky and shop owner Fabian Valdez’ chopped ’50 Chevy.

Vintage Hammer Garage had a number of rods and customs on display, including Bill Branch’s mild custom ’53 Ford Vicky and shop owner Fabian Valdez’ chopped ’50 Chevy.

Rudi Hillebrand’s ’31 Model A looks as good as it did when it was finished five years ago. It’s powered by an 8BA flathead with an Eddie Meyer 2x2 intake and heads.

Rudi Hillebrand’s ’31 Model A looks as good as it did when it was finished five years ago. It’s powered by an 8BA flathead with an Eddie Meyer 2×2 intake and heads.

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 late Stu Hilborn campaigned his famous flathead-powered streamliner from ‘42 to ‘47. Hot rodder and collector Jim Lattin faithfully recreated it in 2004.

The late Stu Hilborn campaigned his famous flathead-powered streamliner from ‘42 to ‘47. Hot rodder and collector Jim Lattin faithfully recreated it in 2004.

Ryan Reed had a nice pair of burnt orange cruisers in his Reed’s Ride Designs booth. The Harley-Davidson belongs to Shawn DuBusky, and the Deuce roadster belongs to Ryan’s uncle, Rick Reed.

Ryan Reed had a nice pair of burnt orange cruisers in his Reed’s Ride Designs booth. The Harley-Davidson belongs to Shawn DuBusky, and the Deuce roadster belongs to Ryan’s uncle, Rick Reed.

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.

Among the cars displayed in the Lifters car club’s area in the Suede Palace were this flathead-powered Model A roadster and Miguel Torres’ beautiful chopped, Olds-grilled Ford taildragger.

Among the cars displayed in the Lifters car club’s area in the Suede Palace were this flathead-powered Model A roadster and Miguel Torres’ beautiful chopped, Olds-grilled Ford taildragger.

Another Jim Lattin creation is this replica of Frank Lockhart’s Stutz Black Hawk Special. The original was destroyed in 1928 on Florida’s Ormond Beach.

Another Jim Lattin creation is this replica of Frank Lockhart’s Stutz Black Hawk Special. The original was destroyed in 1928 on Florida’s Ormond Beach.

Bill Allen’s wedge-chopped, Brookville-bodied Deuce three-window was on display in Walden Speed Shop’s booth.

Bill Allen’s wedge-chopped, Brookville-bodied Deuce three-window was on display in Walden Speed Shop’s booth.

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.