On January 29th-31st, hot rods and custom cars filled the Pomona Fairplex for the 67th Annual Grand National Roadster Show. After spending nearly five decades in Oakland, California, the “Grand Daddy of Them All” has continued its legacy in Pomona for the past 13 years.

With seven buildings packed with some of the country’s best cars, the grounds bustled with close to 50,000 spectators over the course of the weekend. From slammed and shaved radical customs to traditional highboys, the Grand National Roadster Show offered a wide range of vehicles to suit everyone’s tastes. Over 600 cars were on display inside, and about 600 showed up for the outdoor portion of the show.

There were more than 1,000 hot rods and custom cars in attendance at the 67th annual Grand National Roadster Show with 13 competing for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster title. Tom Lieb’s Jimmy Shine/So-Cal Speed Shop-built ’29 Model A is seen in the foreground, while Chris Evans’ Hemi-powered Model A and Darryl Hollenbeck’s AMBR-winning roadster are in the background.

On January 29th-31st, hot rods and custom cars filled the Pomona Fairplex for the 67th Annual Grand National Roadster Show. After spending nearly five decades in Oakland, California, the “Grand Daddy of Them All” has continued its legacy in Pomona for the past 13 years.

With seven buildings packed with some of the country’s best cars, the grounds bustled with close to 50,000 spectators over the course of the weekend. From slammed and shaved radical customs to traditional highboys, the Grand National Roadster Show offered a wide range of vehicles to suit everyone’s tastes. Over 600 cars were on display inside, and about 600 showed up for the outdoor portion of the show.

Beth and Ross Myers received the Bruce Meyer Hot Rod Preservation Award for their restoration of Ed Pink’s record-setting ’36 Ford. From left to right are Beth Myers, Ed Pink, Bruce Meyer and Ross Myers. The Forge in Loveland, Colorado, was responsible for bringing the car back to its former glory.

This year, 13 cars were in competition for the prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award. Except for the coachbuilt custom roadster, all the entries were based to some degree on Ford designs. Although it was a smaller field than 2015, the degree of detail and overall quality was nothing short of stunning.

Jon Wright of Grafton, Ohio, drew inspiration from a Dave Bell cartoon while planning his ’36 Ford. Nearly every panel of the tail-dragging roadster was altered to create a smooth silhouette, and the grille was handmade. Look for a full feature in a future issue of The Rodder’s Journal.

Jon Wright of Grafton, Ohio, drew inspiration from a Dave Bell illustration while planning his ’36 Ford. Nearly every panel of the tail-dragging roadster was altered to create a smooth silhouette and the grille was handmade. Look for a full feature in a future issue of The Rodder’s Journal.

Once Sunday came around, the clear skies darkened and rain poured down. It didn’t matter if the spectators traveled from across town or across the globe—they didn’t let the dreary weather dampen their spirits. The energy remained high throughout the awards ceremony, and at the end of the show, Darryl Hollenbeck’s ’32 Ford was crowned America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.

Here’s the crew responsible for Darryl Hollenbeck’s AMBR-winning ’32 Ford. Back row: Jack Stratton, Bill Ganahl and Sid Chavers. Front Row: Darryl Hollenbeck, Joe Compani, Brandon Flaner and George Atkins.

Here’s part of the crew responsible for Darryl Hollenbeck’s AMBR-winning ’32 Ford. Back row: Jack Stratton, Bill Ganahl and Sid Chavers. Front row: Darryl Hollenbeck, Joe Compani, Brandon Flaner and George Atkins.

From setup day until the closing moments of the weekend, our booth was a hotbed of activity. We were excited to have Dave and Deana Thomas’ baremetal ’35 Chevy on hand, and we enjoyed talking to everyone who stopped by to catch up and check out our new products.

This year, Chick Koszis took home the Brizio Family award for his ’32. The Deuce, known as “More Bones,” was an AMBR contender in 2013 and has been driven 27,000 miles since then.

This year, Chick Koszis took home the Brizio Family award for his ’32. The Deuce, known as “More Bones,” was an AMBR contender in 2013 and has been driven 27,000 miles since then.

It was another great year at the Grand National Roadster Show, and we can’t wait to come back in 2017. Until then, here are a few highlights from the action at this year’s show.

 

Mickey Himsl’s “Mickey’s Mouse” was given awards for Outstanding Detail, Outstanding Use of Color Design, Outstanding Engine (Rod) and West Coast Customs Outstanding Nostalgia Rod. It also received the Von Dutch Pin Striping Award. The truck is currently in our studio being photographed for TRJ #70.

Mickey Himsl’s “Mickey’s Mouse” was given awards for Outstanding Detail, Outstanding Use of Color Design, Outstanding Engine (Rod) and West Coast Kustoms Outstanding Nostalgia Rod. It also received the Von Dutch Pinstriping Award. The truck is currently in our studio being photographed for TRJ #70.

The restored Dunn & Reath “Rainbow” car was one of the many competition machines on display at the Grand National Roadster Show. Derek Bower and Pete Eastwood handled the restoration of the nitro-burning slingshot.

The restored Dunn & Reath “Rainbow” car was one of the many competition machines on display at the Grand National Roadster Show. Derek Bower and Pete Eastwood handled the restoration of the nitro-burning slingshot.

Longtime customizer Gary Minor first spotted this chopped ’50 Chevy at a show in Washington D.C. in 1962. More than half a century later, he bought the car and mechanically overhauled it for cross-country driving. The hardtop has the quintessential custom look with its frenched lights, custom grille and two-tone paint.

Longtime customizer Gary Minor first spotted this chopped ’50 Chevy at a show in Washington, D.C. in 1962. More than half a century later, he bought the car and mechanically overhauled it for cross-country driving. The hardtop has the quintessential custom look with its frenched lights, custom grille and two-tone paint.

Lew Thompson’s coupe is best known for gracing the second cover of Rod & Custom in June 1953. Now owned by Eric Arnett of Atlas Speed and Custom, the car mysteriously disappeared for decades before being returned to its early-’50s guise.

Lew Thompson’s coupe is best known for gracing the second cover of Rod & Custom in June 1953. Now owned by Eric Arnett of Atlas Speed and Custom, the car mysteriously disappeared for decades before being returned to its early-’50s guise.

Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, California, built the “Long Beach Legend” for Jeff Romig. The ’36 Ford was entered in the AMBR competition and features a wealth of subtle body modifications including a chopped windshield, stretched cowl, shortened hood and reworked front fenders. Power comes from a 292cid Lincoln V12.

Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, California, built the “Long Beach Legend” for Jeff Romig. The ’36 Ford was entered in the AMBR competition and features a wealth of subtle body modifications including a chopped windshield, stretched cowl, shortened hood and reworked front fenders. Power comes from a 292cid Lincoln V12.

Just like in previous years, the Brizio booth in Building Four was filled with freshly finished hot rods. English guitarist Eric Clapton owns the Charcoal Gray three-window, while the red Deuce belongs to longtime Florida hot rodder Bob Laurence. Both coupes run ET wheels and healthy Roush V8s.

Just like in previous years, the Brizio booth in Building Four was filled with freshly finished hot rods. English guitarist Eric Clapton owns the Charcoal Gray three-window, while the red Deuce belongs to longtime Florida hot rodder Bob Laurence. Both coupes run ET wheels and healthy Roush V8s.

One of the best parts about the Grand National Roadster Show is checking out the projects brewing at hot rod shops across the country. We always look forward to seeing what the Pinkee’s crew is working on: this year they brought this low-slung Model A in baremetal.

One of the best parts about the Grand National Roadster Show is checking out the projects brewing at hot rod shops across the country. We always look forward to seeing what the Pinkee’s crew is working on: this year they brought this low-slung Model A in baremetal.

Chris Evans of Scottsdale, Arizona, commissioned Charly’s Garage in Mesa to transform his ’31 Model A into his high school dream car circa 1956. Dubbed “Blue Bayou,” the Chrysler-powered roadster was an AMBR contender and took home the Outstanding Engine award.

Chris Evans of Scottsdale, Arizona, commissioned Charly’s Garage in Mesa to transform his ’31 Model A into the car he dreamt of in high school in 1956. Dubbed “Blue Bayou,” the Chrysler-powered roadster was an AMBR contender and took home the Outstanding Engine award.

Maureen Magnuson’s Chip Foose-designed “Magnitue” was of the more contemporary AMBR competitors. Magnuson’s late husband, Jerry, scratch built the roadster with performance in mind. It won awards for AMBR Outstanding Paint, AMBR Outstanding Interior and AMBR Outstanding Display.

Maureen Magnuson’s “Magnatude” was one of the more contemporary AMBR competitors. Magnuson’s late husband, Jerry, started with a full-fendered Kugel Muroc roadster and worked with Chip Foose, Marcel De Lay and other experts to build a cutting-edge roadster that could serve as a test bed for his Magnacharger supercharging system. It won awards for AMBR Outstanding Paint, AMBR Outstanding Interior and AMBR Outstanding Display.

Steve Strope of Pure Vision in Simi Valley, California, has been working on his altered wheelbase ’67 Buick Skylark for over a decade. Based on a Steve Stanford illustration, the Funny Car-for-the-street look is backed up by a blown 426-style Hemi.

Steve Strope of Pure Vision in Simi Valley, California, has been working on his altered wheelbase ’67 Buick Skylark for over a decade. Based on a Steve Stanford illustration, the Funny Car-for-the-street look is backed up by a blown 426-style Hemi.

Squeeg’s Kustoms of Chandler, Arizona, was celebrated as Builder of the Year at the 2016 Grand National Roadster Show. We were drawn to the under-construction silver-blue ’60 Cadillac on display in their booth.

Squeeg’s Kustoms of Chandler, Arizona, was celebrated as Builder of the Year at the 2016 Grand National Roadster Show. We were drawn to the under-construction silver-blue ’60 Cadillac on display in their booth.

Todd Stevens’ ’40 Mercury was another Squeeg’s creation on display in Building Four. Originally a Texas car, the convertible now rides on an air-ride equipped Pinkee’s frame and has a fully detailed ’57 Chrysler Hemi beneath the hood.

Todd Stevens’ ’40 Mercury was another Squeeg’s creation on display in Building Four. Originally a Texas car, the convertible now rides on an air ride-equipped Pinkee’s frame and has a fully detailed ’57 Chrysler Hemi beneath the hood.

Jack and Harry Stirnemann built their Model A with Deuce styling in mind. The St. Louis, Missouri-based ’31 has a ’32 Ford frame, front fenders, grille and cowl, while a warmed-over ’49 Mercury flathead resides beneath the custom Rootlieb hood.

Jack and Harry Stirnemann built their Model A with Deuce styling in mind. The Missouri-based ’31 has a ’32 Ford frame, front fenders, grille and cowl vent, while a warmed-over ’49 Mercury flathead resides beneath the custom Rootlieb hood.

This Collings Custom Craft-built Model A had a clean early-’60s look and drew plenty of attention in Building Four. We especially liked the handmade radius rods and the flowing lakes-style headers bolted to the 3x2-equipped Chevy smallblock.

This Collings Custom Craft-built Model A had a clean early-’60s look and drew plenty of attention all weekend. We especially liked the handmade radius rods and the flowing lakes-style headers bolted to the 3×2-equipped Chevy smallblock.

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Wayne Carini congratulates Darryl Hollenbeck after his ’32 Ford was named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster on Sunday night. Carini is a hot rod enthusiast who hosts the show “Chasing Classic Cars” on the Velocity channel. He had his traditional, Moal-built speedster on display in Building Four.

Despite its show-stopping appearance, Brian George of Penryn, California, says his Ardun-powered roadster was built to be driven. Roseville Rod & Custom handled the construction of the Midnight Blue AV8. It netted awards for Outstanding Individual Display, H & H Best Dressed Flathead and Best Rod.

Despite its show-stopping appearance, Brian George of Penryn, California, says his Ardun-powered roadster was built to be driven. Roseville Rod & Custom handled the construction of the Midnight Blue A-V8. It netted awards for Outstanding Individual Display, H & H Flathead’s Best Dressed Flathead and Best Rod.

The “Scarlet Phaeton” ’27 T is the latest hot rod to come out of Hot Rod Haven in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Highlights include Deuce rails, an all-steel body and a three-carbed ’46 Ford flathead.

The “Scarlet Phaeton” ’27 T is the latest hot rod to come out of Hot Rod Haven in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Highlights include Deuce rails, an all-steel body and a three-carbed ’46 Ford flathead.

We kicked off the GNRS weekend Thursday night at the Oilers Car Club Race of Gentlemen After Party. Bobby Green hosted the get together at his Old Crow Speed Shop in Burbank, California.

We kicked off the GNRS weekend Thursday night at the Oilers Car Club/Race of Gentlemen After Party. Bobby Green hosted the get-together at his Old Crow Speed Shop in Burbank, California.

Nigel Carroll is a longtime employee and friend of Eric Clapton who also happens to be neighbors with veteran engine builder Ed Pink. The two traveled to the show together, and Nigel was surprised to see Pink’s original racing number was 461B. Coincidentally, “461 Ocean Boulevard” was one of Eric Clapton’s hit albums of the ’70s.

It always makes us happy to see people sporting TRJ shirts at shows. This was one of several Lifetime Members that we encountered during our stay in Pomona.

Ryan Reed finished upgrading Joe Mitchell’s ’32 Ford sedan just in time for this year’s Grand National Roadster Show. The Deuce was treated to a new wheel and tire combo and Ryan’s signature detail work.

Ryan Reed finished upgrading Joe Mitchell’s ’32 Ford sedan just in time for this year’s Grand National Roadster Show. The Deuce was treated to a new wheel and tire combo and Ryan’s signature detail work.