The Pomona, California, Fairplex hosted the 71st Grand National Roadster Show over the weekend, and two vehicles were honored with the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award and the Al Slonaker Memorial Award.
A LS1-powered 1932 Ford highboy built at Chandler, Arizona’s, Squeeg’s Kustoms walked away with the AMBR, while a 1936 Willys Model 77 left with the Al Slonaker Memorial Award, which is given to the best non-roadster at the show.
The awards are newly sponsored by Automotive Racing Products, which presented a smaller-scale ‘keeper’ trophy to each winner, along with a check of $12,500.
When announcing the dual sponsorship, ARP Executive Vice President Bob Florine said, “The AMBR Award has long represented the pinnacle of achievement for rodders. The names of many iconic builders adorn the huge perpetual trophy. But the GNRS is more than roadsters, and many stunning creations debut at the annual event at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona. So the show management approached us about helping stimulate interest in the Slonaker and we jumped at the opportunity. Noted automotive designer Eric Brockmeyer came up with a distinctive perpetual trophy for builders to vie for.”