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2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award Winner Chosen

1936 Packard Roadster nicknamed "The Mulholland Speedster" wins 2017 America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award

A 1936 Packard Roadster nicknamed “The Mulholland Speedster” wins the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award here at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

POMONA, CA, Sunday, January 29, 2017 — A 1936 Packard Roadster was chosen as the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster here at the Pomona Fairplex during the closing moments of the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. In the final moments of the 68th Annual Roadster Show the crowd saw the ten-foot trophy go to the Packard custom creation owned by Bruce Wanta. It was built by Troy Ladd and his crew from Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, CA. This is the first time in 68 years that the top award has gone to a Packard.

Bruce Wanta wins 2017 Americca's Most Beautiful Roadster Award for his 1936 Packard.

Bruce Wanta, owner of the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, holds trophy (center) while Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods looks on (left.) Their 1936 Packard Roadter won the award here at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Bruce Wanta’s “Mulholland Speedster” 1936 Packard Roadster.

Cars On Line’s Bob Boberg interviewed Bruce Wanta after the awards presentation. Click the video window below to hear and see what Wanta had to say about this historical achievement:

 

The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award winner was chosen from a field of 13 finalists. There were 650 show cars on display in ten indoor buildings here at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show at the Pomona Fairplex. Over 1,000 cars will be on display outside.

Here are the AMBR contenders for 2017:

Nice paint on this 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup owned by Matthew Gordon.

We immediately noticed a Rick Dore creation called “After Shock”, a 1937 Ford Custom with exotic car looks and features.

Photo-journalist Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com captured this video of “After Shock” during the opening festivities at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show:


Shawn Killian’s 1928 Lincoln Roadster Brings Chrysler Firepower to the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. Will it be this year’s AMBR?

A hot rod worth the name entered by Wayne Johnson.

Dan Peterson’s “The Hill Country Flyer”

Don Lindfor’s 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup.

Bill Grant’s 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster.

Scott Hawley’s 1932 Ford Roadster in a dark blue.

Canadian Gordon Gray brought his 1932 Ford Roadster.

Matt Taylor brought his 1927 Dodge Roadster.

Metallica rock star James Hetfield is showing his old school 1932 Ford Roadster.

Jim McPherson’s 1934 Ford Phaeton.

The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy is equivalent to a West Coast version of the Ridler Award. It is one of the most coveted awards in the street rodding world. The 68th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show runs January 27-29, 2017 at the Pomona Fairplex.America's Most Beautiful Roadster trophy

The top cars in the country are here to compete for a place in their class. And the very best of the best will be considered as contenders for the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.

Here is what the coveted award looks like (see photo, right.) It is ten feet tall and takes four men to move it. When Al and Mary Slonaker started the National Roadster Show in 1950, Al came up with the idea of having a statuesque trophy to impress on people the importance of the award. Originally the trophy stood 8 1/2 feet tall, but more recently it had to be modified to hold more winners. The art deco designs of the Ganat Brothers of San Francisco are now priceless collectibles, and this trophy is one of their creations. In years past this show was called the Oakland Roadster Show. Back then no one ever dreamed it would have the world wide attention that it gets today.

Follow this link to view more cars and photos from the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.

2017 Grand National Roadster Show Begins This Weekend

1936 Packard Roadster at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

A 1936 Packard Roadster nicknamed “The Mulholland Speedster” was chosen America’s Most Beautiful Roadster 2017 here at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

2017 Grand National Roadster Show
America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Chosen

POMONA, CA, Sunday, January 29, 2017 — At the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show this evening, a 1936 Packard Roadster was chosen as America’s Most Beautiful Roadster. The close of the 68th Annual Roadster Show saw the ten-foot trophy go to the Packard custom creation owned by Bruce Wanta of Bellevue, Washington. It was built by Troy Ladd and his crew from Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, California.

1936 Packard Roadster at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

Bruce Wanta and the whole crew at Hollywood Hot Rods

Bruce Wanta’s “Mulholland Speedster” 1936 Packard Roadster.

The concept for the car was done by eBlack Design. All of the fenders and original lines were refabricated from metal by Hollywood Hot Rods. The car was displayed last year at the Grand National Roadster Show in bare metal. Eleven months later we see the gorgeous results. The big V-12 Lincoln engine is fed by Winfield Double D carbs and energized by a vintage Latham supercharger. The interior was done in leather by Mark Lopez.

Here is an interview with Bruce Wanta, the owner of the 1936 Packard Roadster:


The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award winner was chosen from a field of 13 finalists.

1937 Ford Exotic Roadster

1927 Dodge Turtleback Roadster at 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

1927 Dodge Turtleback Roadster

See photos and vidoes of all the top contenders at the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster page.

The 68th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show ran January 27-29, 2017 at the Pomona Fairplex. Once again this year, Cars On Line.com covered the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California for our readers. Our photo-journalists Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAustos.com supplied the photos and video here in Pomona for the weekend show.

The top cars in the country are here to compete for a place in their class. There were 650 show cars on display in ten indoor buildings here at the Pomona Fairplex. Over 1,000 cars were on display outside. One whole building here at the Pomona Fairplex was packed with Woodies sponsored by the Southern California Woody Club. Many of these cars you may have seen at the Doheny Wood or Wavecrest Woodie Show.

There also was a whole display building at the Fairplex featuring only Tri-5 Chevys. Here is a slide show of what we saw.

 

Famed NASCAR crew chief and TV personality Ray Evernham was at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona to promote his 1958 Chevy Impala from the movie American Graffiti. Evernham, after 15 years of trying, acquired the car and has restored it. He is shown in the photos with Candy Clark, the blonde who was in the ’58 Impala in the movie.

 

Grand National Roadster Show Top Cars for 2016

Grand National Roadster Show Top Cars at the Suede Palace

Grand National Roadster Show Top Cars included a huge display of Kar Kulture in the Suede Palace, a favorite of the spectators.

Grand National Roadster Show Top Cars on Display …

This page is dedicated to the Grand National Roadster Show Top Cars for 2016. From reading the articles in the automotive press you would think that the only cars at the Grand National Roadster Show this year were the contenders for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award. Nothing could be further from the truth. The number of top quality show cars here was outstanding. Here are a few we thought you should see.

There were eight exhibit buildings full of incredible customs and show cars at the Grand National Roadster Show this year. From the popular “Suede Palace” with its Kar Kulture rides to the SEMA sponsored SCTA Land Speed Racers display in Building 9, this year’s show provided an historic display of how the hot rodding and race car culture of California evolved. Here are some of the photos of historic racers in the SCTA exhibit:

If you have not yet read our coverage of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster winner for 2016 follow this link to our feature story.

 

2016 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Winner AMBR Announced

1932 Ford Highboy Roadster wins America's Most Beautiful Roadster trophy at the Grand National Roadster Show

Darryl Hollenbeck’s 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster wins America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA.

 

2016 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award …

The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award winner for 2016 is a 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster owned by Darryl Hollenbeck. The award, which is the West Coast equivalent of the Ridler Award, was presented to Hollenbeck as the final trophy presentation here at the Grand National Roadster Show at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California. Over 500 show cars were on display here at the Fairplex. Hollenbeck’s ’32 Ford was chosen out of a group of 13 top contenders as the 2016 AMBR winner.

The OD green color reminds everyone of the military. It’s part of the “old school” charm of the 1932 Ford Roadster brought to the show by Darryl and Terri Hollenbeck of Concord, California. Cory Taubert, Dan Webb and Darryl built the car using a Brookville all-steel body. The chassis work was done by Dan’s Webb Automotive Art with Cory’s help. Darryl did the custom mixed PPG paintwork himself. The interior and top were done by Sid Shavers. Sherm’s Plating and Advance Plating were used to do the chrome. Bill Ganahl and  South City Rod & Custom did the final assembly. Here are detailed photos of Hollenbeck’s ’32.

As they let us through the gates at the 2016 Grand National Roadster Show on Friday, media photographers all streaked in to get a shot of the 1932 Ford Muroc Roadster designed by legendary street rod builder Chip Foose. Little did we know that the top 13 cars were all going to be in that category. Winning the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) trophy this year was not going to be a cakewalk.  This is what they call a “Rerun Year” where some of the top runners-up from former years have been invited back to compete again. If you followed our Facebook page you know that our readers “Liked” the Chip Foose built 1932 Ford Muroc Roadster owned by Maureen and Jerry Magnuson. Take a look at some of the photos of the top contenders below.

The 1932 Ford Muroc Roadster called “Magnatude” is an all-steel build with creative design by Chip Foose. The metal crafting on the body was done by Marcel’s Custom Metal. The car has actually logged many miles on rod runs. Many of you may remember it from the Hot Rod Power Tour. The car is owned by Maureen Magnuson, so, of course, it is powered by an LS Chevy motor with a Magnuson Supercharger. The radiator was specially designed by Magnuson for cold air intake. Among the “one-off” features is a special steering wheel and rear view mirror by Foose. Wheels are of course one-off by Foose.

Most of the automotive press covering the Grand National Roadster Show this year thought this one would be the winner. Hall of Fame custom designer and builder, Rick Dore, wanted to create a European style custom coachbuilt car using truly American styling. The result is this amazing 1934 Packard Roadster called “Aquarius.” Dore designed this elegant custom for James Hetfield of the rock group Metallica. The body was done by Marcel’s Custom Metal out of a stack of sheet metal. Known designers such as Eric Brockmeyer helped with the styling. The paint is PPG Liquid Metal applied by Benny Flores and Art Himsl. The upholstery is by Ron Mangas. These are some of the today’s best craftsman in custom car building. Like we said. The competition for this year’s America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award was brutal. This is possibly the best lineup of cars the Grand National Roadster Show has ever put together.

The black 1932 Ford Roadster owned by Dean Scott of Gilroy, California has a long history. Like most early street rods this one was originally a mild build for racing. It was purchased by Dick Easton in the 1950’s. Later it was redone in the 1960’s and again in the 1970’s when it was featured in Street Rodder magazine as well as Custom & Classic magazine. It is a complete redo at this point featuring Pete and Jakes drilled and plated I-beam axle, disc brakes and tube shocks. It has a Winters Quickchange rear end. The Ford 302 has EU stacks to feed the hypo’ed beast. The interior uses modern hides with updated dash and instruments designed to look period correct.

Ron Simm, now of Phoenix, Arizona, had a dream to take a car to Bonneville. That was when he was an old farm boy growing up in Iowa. The result of that dream is this 1931 Ford Roadster Pickup he calls “Salt Scorpion,” built with a salt racer theme. It has an all-steel Brookville body, with the windshiled chopped 2 ½ inches and tilted back 10 degrees. Likewise, the ’34 Ford grille is laid back 10 degrees to match the windshield. The engine is a big block Chevy 396/375 hp with Offenhauser cross-ram intake manifold. Notice the Hallibrand styled wheels and Zoomie Headers.

Called the “Stirnemann Brothers 31A-V8,” this 1930 Ford Roadster was entered in the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster competition by Jack Stirnemann of St Louis, Missouri. Channelled two inches at the cowl, the frame was narrowed with 46 cross members. The front pan was chopped and sectioned, hand made top chopped 3-plus inches, with rolled rear pan. It comes with Hallibrand Quick Change rear end and knock-off wheels. The heart of the build is the Ford flathead engine with Stromberg 97’s and Navarro intake.

We did a Periscope video interviewing Charly Spencer from Charly’s Garage on Friday. Charly’s father designed the build as a tribute to the famous mid-‘50s hot rod “The Neuman Special.” It was built for owner Chris C. Evans of Scottsdale, Arizona. They call it “Blue Bayou,” for its striking powder blue finish. The paint is Xalta Blue custom mixed for this car. Charly said there are over 100 hand-crafted parts on this build. It has a hand-built frame, pinched, 4” dropped front, Quick Change rear end with buggy type spring, and hand crafted front hair pins and front spring pocket, front spreader bar, radiator to firewall bars, steering arm with exposed linkage like on early race cars. The attention to detail is phenomenal. We’ll try to get that Periscope video on this page so you can view it here.

Talk about an historic theme car. Michigan owner Jeff Romig was aware of the history behind the employees at the Long Beach, California Ford plant desire to build a hybrid Lincoln and Ford art deco roadster using the design techniques of the Zephyr. This is his tribute to that dream. It is a custom 1936 Ford Deluxe Roadster like no other. It was designed by Eric Black of Hollywood Hot Rods. He attempted to design what “could have been” with the tools they had back in the day. It was built with the same pride that Ford workers have always put into Ford products.

An elegant and beautiful 1933 Ford Roadster would be a top show car in any concours in the country. Owned by Phillip Ray of Auburn, California, it features an LS2 Chevy V8 with a Magnuson Supercharger. It has perfect fit and finish. Ray said the car was inspired  by Byron Robeck of Santa Clara, California. Robeck’s Finish Line did the interior.  Jim Farnham of Executive wheels did the wheel design. Stockdale’s Hot Rod Paint did the finish, a custom mixed color that they call Seafoam Green, but looks like a Silver/Green mist. It has a Kugel front end with coilovers. Ray told us today that this car is for sale. He is hoping to find a buyer through the incredible exposure here at Pomona.

Jim Wright of Custom Chrome Plating built this car from a rendering by Dave Bell. Squeeg Jerger did the metal crafting to make it work. It has a Heidt’s independent front suspension and Air Ride suspension. The mechanicals, final assembly and detail were done by East Coast Hot Rod Garage in Denton, Maryland. Hot Rod Garage from Sand Springs, Oklahoma did the headlights, running boards and paint. Larry and Mark Keagan, and Kevin Green from Fremont, Ohio built the engine. Squeeg did the final spray on the black finish.

The 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup was brought to the Grand National Roadster Show by owner Wes Rawlins of Charlotte, North Carolina. The hot rod pickup was built by Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods in California from a rendering by Eric Black. The wheels were also designed by Black. The frame was stretched, pinched and kicked up above the rear axle. The all-steel body and the bed are from Brookville. Stephen Cognata at The Paint Shop did the finish. The engine is a Kaase Boss 429, 503 ci, Comp cam, Lunati crank. It has a stack injection with a FAST XFI ECU. Will produce 629 horsepower.

Tom Lieb, Pete Chapouris and his Pomona So-Cal Speed Shop, and especially Jimmy Shine all combined to build this old school 1929 Ford Highboy Roadster treasure. Tom called it the SCAT, “a junkyard dog with pedigree” he called it. The chassis is a So-Cal Speed Shop perimeter build with hand-built C channel. Tom had saved parts such as a ’36 rear axle bells on a Hallibrand sprint car third member from his racing days. He used a 288 ci AB Ford flathead engine with SCAT crank, H-beam rods, Winfield cam, and Edelbrock heads and intake. You will not the Stromberg 97 carburetors, and even a David Key 4-speed transmission. The list of old school racing parts goes on and on. This was a build for the ages.

The original all-steel 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster displayed here by Gary Matranga has been a contender for America’s Most Beautiful Roadster twice before. Once in 1989 and again in 1991. In 1989 it was featured on the cover of Rod & Custom magazine. Matranga’s Hemi powered ’32 was called “White Lightning” by Rod & Custom. It was hand-built by Dennis King at Kings Fabrication in Turlock, California.

We’re here at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. The show runs January 29-31, 2016 here at the Pomona Fairplex. It is the nation’s largest street rod show, where all the top builders in the country compete for the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy.  Below are the cars being considered for America’s top award in the street rod hobby. Our Cars On Line readers will have a chance to vote for their favorites. Watch for our posts on Facebook. The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster winner will be announced on Sunday night. You’ll see it here first.

Grand National Roadster Show 2016, Largest Street Rod Show

Grand National Roadster Show selects America's Most Beautiful Roadster

The Grand National Roadster Show drew huge crowds of spectators this weekend. On Sunday they announced some of the award winners at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA, including the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award.

 

2016 Grand National Roadster Show Awards …

Here at the Grand National Roadster Show they just announced that the winner of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy for 2016 is a 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster owned by Darryl Hollenbeck. The award, which is the West Coast equivalent of the Ridler Award, was presented to Hollenbeck as the final trophy presentation here at the Grand National Roadster Show at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California. Over 500 show cars were on display here at the Fairplex. Hollenbeck’s ’32 Ford was chosen out of a group of 13 top contenders as the 2016 AMBR winner.

The OD green color reminds everyone of the military. It’s part of the “old school” charm of the 1932 Ford Roadster brought to the show by Darryl and Terri Hollenbeck of Concord, California. Cory Taubert, Dan Webb and Darryl built the car using a Brookville all-steel body. The chassis work was done by Dan’s Webb Automotive Art with Cory’s help. Darryl did the custom mixed PPG paintwork himself. The interior and top were done by Sid Shavers. Sherm’s Plating and Advance Plating were used to do the chrome. Bill Ganahl and  South City Rod & Custom did the final assembly. Here are detailed photos of Hollenbeck’s ’32.

The competition for the AMBR award was “brutal” this year as a field of 13 contenders was chosen. This is what they call a “Rerun Year” where some of the top runners-up from former years have been invited back to compete again. Here are the other 12 cars.

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Follow this link to see over 100 photos of the 2016 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster and the runners up with build stories and history.

There were 500 hundred other show cars at the Grand National Roadster Show for 2016. The AMBR award is just one of hundreds of trophies which were handed out. Our favorite was a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II owned by David Hoekstra of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The build was done by Sic Chops, and was entered in the Radical Hardtop Class. We’ve never see anything like it before at any show.

Grand National Roadster Show entrant in the radical hardtop category

Click here to see more photos of the 1956 Lincoln Continental and other top cars in their classes.

A new exhibit was sponsored by SEMA, Specialty Equipment Market Association, the trade association for the hot rod and racing hobby. Their display was an exhibit of historic racing vehicles, with an emphasis on salt racers, many of which were record holders at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

2014 Ferguson Streamliner at Grand National Roadster Show

This (above) was a display for the 2014 Ferguson Streamliner, part of the SEMA sponsored SCTA Land Speed Racers exhibit at the Grand National Roadster Show this past weekend. Follow this link to see some of these historic speed racers.

Cars On Line.com covered the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California this weekend to give our readers a first hand look at all the action at the Fairplex. The show ran January 29-31, 2016. It is the nation’s largest street rod show, where all the top builders in the country compete for the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy.  Cars On Line.com readers had to opportunity to tell everyone what their choice was on our Facebook page. They voted for their choice for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster winner with their “Likes.”

 

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

NHRA-Museum

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

While we were reporting the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show the pre-show press conference was held at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. We had seen it once before, but we were so impressed with the new displays they’ve created here that we thought we’d show some of the museum displays to you here. If you have followed the history of street rodding you know that it was born in a racing heritage. Hot rodding in California was all about racing, seeing how fast you could go on the salt flats or dry lake beds. So the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum on the grounds of the Pomona Fairplex is a history book about early California hot rodding.

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One of the new displays at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is a tribute to Henry Ford and the quintessential 1932 Ford. It was the first V8 powered Ford produced on Henry Ford’s assembly line style manufacturing process which revolutionized the world of automobiles. Here, Henry and Edsel Ford statues observe their 1932 Ford. Edsel was the president of Ford from 1918 on and influenced the Fords of the 1930’s.

 

 

Parnelli-Jones-Mustang

The Vel’s Parnelli Jones Mustang Fuel Funny Car was actually built on a Plymouth chassis. Danny Ongais drove the car for Parnelli Jones. It has a supercharged Keith Black 472 ci Hemi engine. Ran 225.90 mph completing the quarter-mile in 6.90 seconds in 1973.

 

Melrose-Missile

When factory manufacturers got interested in drag racing by 1963 cars like the Melrose Missile III excited the fans of Super Stock events. The 426 ci Max Wedge car was the 1963 Winternationals champion and set a record at Half Moon Bay with a 12-second quarter-mile at 118.26 mph. The car has been restored and is owned by Bob Mosher.

 

Fred-Spade-Carillo-Roadster

We were surprised to see the Fred “Spade” Carillo 1927 Ford Bonneville Modified Roadster in the NHRA Museum. Cars On Line featured this car for sale in its May 2014 newsletter. Click here to review our story on this early California salt bed racer.

 

JE-Riley-Special

The J.E. Riley Special Fuel Dragster was the first Top Elimintor winner at the inaugural NHRA Nationals in Great Bend, KS in 1955. In 1958 it was renamed the Hot Rod Magazine Special and broke records at March Air Force Base. The car you see here is a reproduction of the orignal using some of the parts off the original race car. It did a 10.30 ET at 143.95 mph on its 274 ci Mercury flathead.

 

The-Glass-Slipper

The Glass Slipper Fuel and Gas Dragster was the first enclosed canopy, fiberglass bodied dragster. It was the fastest Chevy powered dragster at the NHRA Nats in Kansas City in 1956. In 1957 it won the Oakland Roadster show in the America’s Most Beautiful Competition Car. It continued to be a consistent winner through 1962.

 

Speed-Sport-Special

By mid-’57 the Speed Sport Special Modified Roadster was considered the “fastest car in drag racing” recording a 169.11 mph at Cordova, Illinois.  For three years it was never beaten in its class.

If you are in the Los Angeles area it is worth a trip to the Pomona Fairplex just to walk through the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and see all the early cars that made drag racing history.

We were here at the Fairplex to see the the competition for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award. If you have not yet read our report on the show and photo features here is a link to the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show.

 

 

 

Top Cars at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show

Top Cars at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show

 

While we were covering the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster competition we did not want to give our readers the impression that it was the only thing happening in Pomona this weekend. Nothing could be further from the truth. There were over 500 show cars here in various categories. So let’s give you a look at the top cars at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show.

Top Cars at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show

Display of 1940 Fords are among the Top Cars at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show.

Roy Brizio, a famous custom car builder and former winner of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award, thought it would be a great idea to honor the 1940 Ford this year. He helped put together a display of forty 1940 Fords.

Display of 1940 Fords among the Top Cars at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show

1940 Fords in a special display

Lowriders

There were more lowriders here this year than we have ever seen before. The Lifestyle Car Club brought many of their cars to the show this year. The Lowriders took up almost two exhibition buildings at the Pomona Fairplex.

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A wild 1963 Chevy Impala SS 409 Convertible was one of the top lowriders displayed in the LIfestyle Car Club area. This one was named “Summer Madness.”

 

 

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Motown ’63 Chevy Impala was one of the highlights of the Lowrider Display. This one was entered in the Radical Custom Hardtop category.

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Paul Cepeda of Nipomo, CA brought his 1940 Desoto Coupe to the 2015 Grand National Roadster show to compete in the Early Custom category.

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Gary Chopit brought his 1950 Mercury Lead Sled to compete in the Radical Hardtop category. It was built by his Chopit Kustom shop in Stanton, CA. All steel body mods include: narrowed Cadillac bumpers, ’57 Cadillac engine and transmission and a Pearl Lacquer paint job. He dubbed this one “Tuffenuff.”

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Mike and Rita Garner displayed their incredible 1959 Chevy Custom El Camino to be judged in the Full Custom Pickup category. It was designed and built by Keith Dean of South End Kustoms. The engine is a Hilborn injected Chevy 350. Those are Vogue tires.

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Competition was tough in the Radical Custom Pickup category. Here is another 1959 Chevy Custom El Camino brought to the show by Allan Clark of Chowchilla, CA. It has a Camaro front end, air bags front and back, solenoid custom fit doors, flame birchwood bed. The paint is a one-off special blend.

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Lorenzo di Dossena, Italy’s leading custom designer, brought his 1959 Cadillac Custom Hardtop all the way from Monza, Itlay to compete in the Radical Custom Hardtop category. It was one of the top cars at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show. He calls the car Elvis III, a tribute to Elvis Presley.

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Craziest Custom

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We have no explanation for this car called Rod-riquez, a 1930 Ford sedan brought to the show by Chuck and Jeanne Schauwecker of Carson, CA. It was originally built Junichi Shimodaira in Nagoya, Japan. The fame was Z’d and boxed front and rear. The body is 4″ wedge chopped and channeled 8″. There are so many mods. We just thought it was the Craziest Custom at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show this year.

 

 

Kurtis Handbuilt

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Warren Alvord of Scottsdale, AZ brought his custom 1952 Kurtis 500 S to the show to be judged in the Handbuilt Sports Car category.

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McLaughlin ’33 Ford

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This 1933 Speedstar Coupe was the one to beat in the Radical Custom Rod Coupe category. It was brought to the 2015 GNRS show by John and Neysa McLaughlin of Desert Hills, AZ. It was built by Jomac Enterprises and has a Jomac-Jaguar IRS, LS2 425 hp motor and 4L65E transmission. Interior was done by Ron Mangus.

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1965 AMC Marlin

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One of the most beautiful customs at the show was this 1965 AMC Marlin owned by Bob Bruhn of Los Olivos, CA. It competes in the Radical Custom Hardtop category. The lines were exceptional. The paint looked flawless and seemed to radiate a redish hue.

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If you did not see our coverage of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster competition be sure to click this link. It is one of the most coveted awards in the street rodding hobby.

2015 Grand National Roadster Show

1933 Ford Roadster wins America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award

Larry Olson’s 1933 Ford Roadster just won the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show. It was built at Bobby Alloway’s shop in Tennessee.

 

1933 Ford Roadster built by Bobby Alloway
is 2015 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster …

Larry Olson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota asked Bobby Alloway to build his 1933 Ford Roadster, and the rest is now hot rod history. This stunning flamed ’33 roadster has won the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy for 2015. The announcement was just made at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. The awards ceremony at the GNRS just concluded and Olson’s 1933 Ford Roadster announcement was the finale of a great weekend event held at the Pomona Fairplex.

1933 Ford Roadster for America's Most Beautiful Roadster

Stunning scallop style PPG flames and brilliant chrome set this 1933 Ford Roadster apart from the rest. It was built at Bobby Alloway’s shop for Larry Olson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The interior was done by Steve Holcomb’s Pro Auto Upholstry. (Click any photo for a larger view.)

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Long and low and crouched across its show display like a flaming black panther,  the 1933 Ford Roadster looked like the car to beat today. Alloway has set many trends in street rod building and his roadsters are famous. This one was stretched an extra two inches for a look and stance that is perfect. The secret to the car is in the details. The lines are simple and smooth, enhanced by perfectly formed steel body panels and gaps. It has Alloway wheels which complement the stance.

The engine is a 241 ci Dodge Red Ram Hemi fed by six Stromberg 97s set up in an original old school style. What you can’t see is the fuel injectors hidden in the cylinder heads. The car has a Tremec T-5 transmission, Winters Performance V8 Quick Change rearend, Posie suspension parts and Billet Specialties. An old school custom black interior was done by Steve Holcomb Pro Upholstry.

Olson brought the flamed black roadster to the 66th Annual Grand National Roadster Show to win the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy. And that is what he did.

Cars On Line Facebook followers also picked Larry Olson’s 1933 Ford Roadster as their favorite to be America’s Most Beautiful Roadster. COL readers were placing their “unofficial votes” for the AMBR winner on our Facebook page. The ’33 Roadster got 441 likes on Saturday, most of any of the AMBR contenders. Our readers agreed with the AMBR judges here in Pomona.

There were 18 entrants in the AMBR competition this year. We’ll show you the whole field here below.:

The Grass Hopper, a replica of the 1915 Ford T Roadster

The Grass Hopper, built in tribute to the 1915 Ford T-Roadster which graced the cover of Hot Rod Magazine back in the day when Hot Rod was just getting started. Sponsored by Galpin Ford. It has a ’49 Olds 303 mill now 461 ci displacemet, a Tom Beatty equipped 471 pruned blower,  1937 LaSalle transmission and Hallibrand Quick Change rear end. Brought to the show and owned by Beau Boeckmann of North Hills, California. (Click on the photos to see larger view.)

1915 Ford T Roadster, The Grass Hopper  1915 Ford T Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show  1915 Ford T Roadster on the cover of October 1959 Hot Rod Magazine

 

1934 Ford Rats Glass Roadster for AMBR at the Grand National Roadster Show

Jack and Gail Taylor of Knoxville, Tennessee brought their black 1934 Speedstar Spyder to Pomona to compete in the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster competition. The glass roadster has a perfect body and paint. While most AMBR entrants were built by pro shops, Jack built his glass roadster in one stall of his garage at home. “Everything from the radiator back was done by me,” he told us. The Rats Glass body was transformed to a hidden top cabriolet by cutting and hinging the body section between the cockpit and trunk – it’s power operated. A Mazda Miata top frame was modified to fit. The powertrain is one of a kind. He used Nissan’s 5.6L aluminum DOHC 32-valve motor from the full size trucks (Titan) and mated it to a 6-speed manual via adapter plate. The grill was fab’d using 1/4″ aluminum plate. Hood extended accordingly and is powered. “The IFS is my own engineering using a pair of Helix spindles,” he said. The upper a-arms are fully adjustable where the aftermarket kits are not. (Click on photo of the front end below to see what he means. The IRS is a 5-link built around an Infiniti differential. “The links, inboard brakes, hub carriers, etc was my creation.” We think there out to be a category for home built cars. We applaud Jack for his achievement.  (Click the thumbnail photos for larger view.)

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Disabili-T, a 1926-27 Ford T Roadster

Disabili-T, a 1927 Ford T-Roadster which took ten years to build. Owner is Bert Diehl, Jr, of Mesa, Arizona. It has a real Model B engine with a Serr-Miller overhead valve conversion with Imagine Injection.  All the work was completed by Charly’s Garage. (Click on the photos to see larger view.)

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1927 Ford Altered T Roadster

Urban Hirsch of Stanton, California brought his 1927 Ford Roadster to the Grand National Roadster Show to compete in the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster class. This exquisitely done altered turtleback was designed and built by Chopit Kustom. They modified the original steel body, hand formed the altered racing nose and did the Kandy paint. (Click photos to view high resolution pictures.)

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1928 Ford Roadster

1928 Ford Veloce Spyder Track T Roadster has a modified racing theme. It was entered by owner Willard Stryker of Penngrove, California. (Click photos to view larger pictures.)

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1930 Ford Roadster

Robert Hoffman of Stockholm, Sweden had his 1930 Ford Roadster shipped here to compete in the show. He finished it here just three days ago in time for th competition for America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.

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1931 Ford Roadster Pickup

A gorgeous 1931 Ford Roadster Pickup was entered in the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster competition by owner Ted Davis of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They call it Ted’s Red Wagon. It was built by Davis and his “Pit Crew.”

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1932 Ford Roadster

Gene and Pat Hetland of Oak Grove, Minnesota brought their 1932 Ford Roadster called the Nickel 3 to the Grand National Roadster Show this weekend. It will be competing for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy. The body and cowl were built to emulate the flowing lines of a ’36 Ford. It has a polished stainless steel top.

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1932 Ford Psycho Roadster

Look at that engine. Michael Gordon of San Diego, California had this 1932 Ford Roadster he calls Psycho built to his taste. That incredible 428 ci motor was built out to 1500 horsepower. Our observation: Psycho is a disturbed custom with monster power. (Click photos for a larger view.)

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Beautifully designed 1932 Ford Roadster

Per Martinsen is from Oslo, Norway although he had this 1932 Ford Roadster built here in the U.S. Styled like an early Ford racer it has an amazing Flathead V8 engine 284 ci with Navarro heads, polished SCOT supercharger with Stromberg 97s.

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1927 Ford Model T called the Mint-T

Dawn and Dustin Smith of Spokane, Washington brought one of the most unusual roadsters to the Grand National Roadster Show. Their 1927 Ford Model T Runabout was built the way they might have done it in the 1940’s. The frame was fabricated with slight kickups but has most of the same dimensions as the original T would have. The 4 cylinder Flathead was from a ’31 Model A and has been rebuilt. Dustin did the paint and body himself. It has unusual leather treatments in the interior. They call it the Mint-T. (Click photos to see larger pictures.)

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1932 Ford Diachuk Roadster

We found this 1932 Ford Diachuk Roadster setting in one of the best displays here this weekend. The styling on this custom roadster will make you look. The car is owned by Jerry Logan of Hillsboro, Oregon and was built by Bob Diachuk. The car is named in his honor.

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1932 Ford Roadster Pickup

The Sun Seeker, a beautiful pearled silver 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup, was built by its owner Steve Lykken of Solvang, California. The interior was done by Sid Chavers. Those are Budnick billet Lyon wheels. (Click on the photos to see larger view.)

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1932 Ford Roadster contender for America's Most Beautiful Roadster trophy

The 1932 Ford Rivet Roadster was brought here to the Grand National Roadster Show to compete for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy by Sue and Larry Christensen of Fountain Hills, Arizona. All the rivet panels were done by Frank Wallic. It has a Chrysler 392 ci Hemi motor, Tremec 600 5-speed and a Winters V8 Quick Change rear end. (Click on the photos to see larger view.)

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1936 Ford Roadster for America's Most Beautiful Roadster trophy

Ross Meyers of Boyertown, Pennsylvania bought this 1936 Ford Roadster at the age of 13. His dreams of making it a top quality hot rod were dashed when a drunk driver T-boned it. Fourty years later Ross finished the car and brought it to the Grand National Roadster Show to compete for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy. (Click the photos to view larger images.)

1936 Ford Roadster  1936 Ford Roadster interior  1936 Ford Roadster supercharger

 

1933 Chevy Master Roadster for America's Most Beautiful Roadster

Here is the roadster to beat. A 1933 Chevy Master Roadster with a rumble was entered into the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster competition here at the Grand National Roadster Show by Greg and Dottie Meyer of Tigard, Oregon. The enthusiastic couple brought an entourage of helpers all wearing the “ADMEYER” logo, the nickname of their car. (Click any photo for a larger view.)

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1934 Ford Roadster for America's Most Beautiful Roadster trophy

This 1934 Ford Roadster owned by Dale Fode of Redwood City, California was designed and built by Mark Willis and Bob Stewart.  The paint is by Mark Willis Custom Painting. It has a Supercharged LS7 and Kugel suspension. It is the only ’34 Ford in the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster competition.  (Click any photo for a larger view.)

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Other Car Show Categories …

The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award is just one of the many judged categories at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show. There were more than 500 cars competing in categories such as Custom Hardtop, Radical Custom Hardtop, Radical Custom Convertible and more. Be sure to read our coverage of some of the Top Cars at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show at this link.

This was one of our favorites:

1950-mercury-kustom

Here is a 1950 Mercury Lead Sled with the most extreme chop we’ve even seen. The Merc was called “Tuffenough” and was entered in the Radical Hardtop category. Click here to review other show cars in various categories, including Lowriders and Classic Customs.

 

While we were here at the Pomona Fairplex we couldn’t resist the opportunity to explore the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. You can’t imagine the feeling of looking at the cars that were the heritage of the California hot rodding hobby. Standing there in the museum was like retracing the beginnings of our American car culture.

NHRA-Museum

Here is a look at one of the new displays at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum at the Pomona Fairplex. We visited the museum while covering the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show. Click here to view more of the cars and heritage of California hot rodding.

 

 

Our Cars On Line newsletter readers are very aware of the 1935 Chevy Phaeton owned by Wes Rydell which won the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award in 2014.  It was built by noted street rod and custom designer Troy Trepanier at his Rad Rides by Troy facility in Manteno, Illinois. Rad Rides by Troy is now considered one of the premier hot rod shops in America. This car was in contention for the Barrett-Jackson Cup at Hot August Nights in 2014 (follow this link to read more about the incredible competition at Hot August Nights last year.)

Wes Rydell's 1935 Chevy Phaeton

Wes Rydell’s 1935 Chevy Phaeton was the winner of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy in 2014. This car was built by Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy.

 

Show promoters have really done a great job in bringing thousands of cars to this years event. It is the biggest street rod show in the country. The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award is one of the most coveted trophies in the street rod hobby.

We were here at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show this weekend to find out which of the 18 contestants would win the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award this year. The venue is the Pomona Fairplex which is also the home of the NHRA Museum so we get a chance to see both when we cover this show. It is the 66th Annual Grand National Roadster Show which was held January 23-25, 2015. It is in its 11th year here at the Fairplex. Previously it had for decades been known as the Oakland Roadster Show.

They say over 500 show vehicles were here to compete for awards inside all of the Fairplex buildings. Show promoters were surprised to find that thousands more vehicles have joined the event Saturday &  Sunday for the 9th Annual Grand Daddy Drive-In.