Grand National Roadster Show to Return with New Builds, Exhibits

The Grand National Roadster Show will return to the Pomona Fairplex Jan. 28-30 with hundreds of hot rods, customs, lowriders, muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles, event organizers announced.

A special outdoor display, the Grand Daddy Drive-In will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 1932 Ford with hundreds of ’32 Fords presented by C.W. Moss & So-Cal Speed Shop. The 90th anniversary of the 1932 Ford will celebrate the car in its many forms, each unique to its owner, show organizers said.

Inside the feature building will be “A Gathering of Hot VWs” presented by Hot VWs Magazine and EMPI. This display will house custom Volkswagen creations, including Beetles, Buses, Ghias and buggies.

“This is a community event for auto enthusiasts of all ages with something for everyone from veteran builders to first-time visitors alike,” said John Buck, producer of the Grand National Roadster Show. “We are excited to gather again after two years, bringing together the hot-rod community and celebrating these machines we all love. We couldn’t be more thrilled to return as one of the largest and longest-running car events in a region so in love with the automobile.”

As many as 800 vehicles are expected outside at the Grand Daddy Drive-In, while 500 more will be on display indoors as part of the Grand National Roadster Show. “The Suede Palace” will take guests back to the 40s, 50s and 60s with cars, clothes and music to match, while a pinstripers charity auction will raise funds for a good cause.

Inside, 12 roadsters from the top builders in the country will compete for the “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” (AMBR) award. The winner will receive the $12,500 prize and their name on the nine-foot-tall perpetual trophy provided on behalf of award sponsor ARP Fasteners, as well as a smaller version of the nine-foot trophy to take home.

In addition to the AMBR competitors, approximately one dozen custom vehicles will compete for the “Al Slonaker Memorial Award,” which is awarded to the best car or truck that is not competing for the AMBR award, event officials said. This year’s winner will be presented with their name on the 4.5-foot-tall billet perpetual trophy built by ARP Fasteners as well as the $12,500 prize and a smaller version of the big trophy to take home.

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