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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31ford-evans-320 31ford-simm-32030ford-stirn-320 32ford-dean-320 32ford-matranga-320 33ford-ray-320 36fordroadster-wright-320 36ford-romig-320Grand National Roadster Show contenders

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 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 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.”


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5 Responses to Grand National Roadster Show 2016, Largest Street Rod Show

  1. Rafael Roman January 31, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    My Friends: I ask my self why instead of going forward construction of cars we are going backward, most the companies (NO SINGLE PERSON) build cars based on the 50s and 60s fashions, This is 2016we are suppose to go forward ,,, this has been the trend in the pass years,,, Why don’t go forward and not backward,, This is a competition for MONEY BUILD and not for average people build, in other word people BUYS this, This is my humble opinion,,, I wright this because I build my little T without help and without machines,,, only hand tools and hand files,,,, yours truly

  2. Melanie randall January 31, 2016 at 11:12 pm #

    We visited again this year from Melbourne Australia, and to us there was a standout winner in a league of its own – the blue 36 Roadster, with Blubyu a near second. Loved the show, we’ll be back again.
    Bill and Melanie Randall

  3. perry g. farquhar June 19, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    When next for 2016 Grand National Roadster car show, at Pamona, Caluf.perry farquhar@, (775)3428310, 1900 E. Ocean BlvdApt#504LongBeach, 90802


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