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.

One Response to Top Cars at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show

  1. Staci January 29, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    That Motown Low rider is Beautiful!!!

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