For those of us that are stuck in the winter wonderland of the northern areas of the country, the thought of an area where sun and warmer weather are part of the daily routine sounds wonderful. Add to this environment the largest indoor hot rod show in the country and you’ll have an amazing experience if you make your way to Pomona, CA later this month to see what’s going on. The Grand National Roadster Show, which was founded in 1949 will be held between January 26thand 28thto commemorate its 69thyear and offer us an excellent experience.
At this amazing show, there are over 1,000 cars that make their way to the location to give us a look at the pride of several garage tuners and professionals that have created these classic hot rods that offer us an amazing look and feel to the cars that are on display. Not only will the participants be able to compete for awards, they have the chance to show off their cars and make some new connections in the hot rod market including those who are part of different clubs from around the country.
What Will You See?
The most coveted award at this car show is “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” and this year there are sixteen cars in the running for this award. The winner of this award has their name engraved on a nine-foot tall perpetual trophy and wins a $10,000 prize. Names that are already engraved on this trophy include Boyd Coddington, George Barris, and Chip Foose to give you an idea of the company that the winner is able to keep when it comes to the award they have won with this impressive and amazing award that signifies the most beautiful car.
There are 400 other awards that are also offered during this show, which gives every car a chance of winning something before they go home, or several different awards. One area of the show is the American Muscle Car Gathering which selects and displays the most impressive examples of restored, rare, and stock cars to show off the history of the automotive industry. The Rolling Bones display is also one that features every example of hot rods built by Rolling Bones who was an influential building in the hot rod scene for many years with the adherence to traditional build techniques and land-speed aesthetics. This display will show a diorama of the golden age of these cars on the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Race of Gentlemen Beach, or a Speed Shop.
You can expect to see several different celebrities in attendance to include those who are enthusiasts or professionals in the industry. Others in attendance include some of the most talented pinstripers in the country who will be selling their artwork and doing live pinstriping while at the event. All money raised for the event will go toward Camp Conrad Chinnock, which is a camp for children who have Type 1 diabetes. This is certainly an event you’ll enjoy with many amazing cars on display for you to admire.