This just in—Darryl Hollenbeck’s ’32 Ford has been crowned America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. Much like previous years, the AMBR competition was stiff, and the contestants ranged in style from pre-war traditional to new-millennium contemporary. We were impressed with the range of high quality entrants that filled the floor in Building Four.
We’ve been fans of Darryl’s roadster ever since we laid eyes on it at the 2015 Lonestar Round Up in Austin, Texas, and we’re excited to see him take home the prestigious award. The Concord, California-based roadster appears on the cover of the brand new TRJ #69.
Here’s a look at a handful of the entries.
Congratulations to Darryl Hollenbeck and His ’32 Ford—The 2016 AMBR Winner.
Ron and Lorri Simm of Desert Hills, Arizona, felt a strong connection to Bonneville competition machines as they planned their “Salt Scorpion” ’31 Model A. Highlights of the Brookville-bodied pickup include a hand built tube frame and cross ram-equipped Chevy 396.
With Chip Foose design and engineering by the late Jerry Magnuson, “Magnatude” was owned by Jerry and hand crafted with performance in mind. We featured Magnuson’s Trackmaster T in baremetal in TRJ #67.
Wesley Rawlins of Charlotte, North Carolina, worked with Hollywood Hot Rods to build a Deuce pickup with distinctive ’60s racing flavor. That theme is carried into the engine bay, where Rawlins opted for a Kaase Boss 429 Ford engine pushed to 503cid.
Charly’s Garage in Mesa, Arizona, built Chris Evans the hot rod he’s wanted since the mid-’50s. The Scottsdale-based roadster has an abundance of custom fabricated parts and early Hemi power.
The Stirnemann Brothers’ St. Louis, Missouri-based Model A incorporates a handful Deuce styling cues. Power comes from a ’49 Merc flathead backed by a C4 automatic.
The “Long Beach Legend” ’36 Ford was built by the team at Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, California. Based on an original steel body, it features a wealth of Lincoln Zephyr elements, including a 292cid V12.
Tom Lieb’s ’29 Ford, dubbed “Scat,” was built by Jimmy Shine and the So-Cal Speed Shop team as the ultimate Model A in the eyes of Henry Ford. Power comes from a warmed over 288cid flathead.
Jon Wright of Grafton, Ohio, was inspired by a Dave Bell illustration when planning his ’36 Ford roadster. Dubbed “Tribute,” construction was handled by some of the country’s top shops.
Dean and Tammy Scott’s ’32 Ford Roadster was built by ASR performance & Customs in Grass Valley, California. The car has been a hot rod since the ’50s, and it has been in the Scott family for over three decades.