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60th Grand National Roadster Show

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Posted February 1 2009 05:07 AM by Bob Ryder 
Filed under: Opinions, Observations, Past Events, Opinions, Funny Stories, Truck Girls & Models, Truck News , Classic Truck Trends

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Remember the Oakland Roadster Show that was held at the old Oakland Exposition Center and the Oakland Armory. If you do remeber those days, then you must possess an ARP Card. The first Oakland Roadster Show was held in 1950. It was promoted by Al Ad Mary Slonaker, Bill Niekamp's '29 Ford lake Roadster won the first AMBR (America's Most Beautiful Roadster).


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That was then and this is now. I recently attended the Grand National Roadster Show Media Day held at the Pomona FariPlex NHRA Drag Racing Museum in Pomona, California on Friday before the Saturday, Sunday show. The Media Day allows magazine editors a chance to experience the show without spectators, which makes it nice without obstructions while photographing vehicles. It also allows editors to meet with owners and builders to set up feature photo shoots for a later dates.

The FairPlex features massive exhibit halls that were filled with wall to wall show vehicles and vendors. Each exhibit hall was dedicated for specific themes and era of vehicles. This years show attracted over 750 roadsters, customs, lead sleds, street rods, muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles that were displayed inside the huge halls. In hall #4 housed the Pinstripers Reunion, where the worlds hottest old skool pinstripers were busy layin' lines on panels, gas pumps, valve covers, lunch boxes, hub caps, air cleaners and much more. There was also a Live Auction with over 300 pinstriped items up for sale, even a Jeff Beck Stratocaster guitar custom painted by Brizio Street Rods in Candy Blue. The GNRS had a Happy Days TV show reunion with "The Fonz" Henery Winkler and Drin Moran all three days.
Lou Santiago of Muscle Car TV hosted the Build-A-Rod on stage for speactators to witness the construction of an American Company Speed '33 Ford roadster during the weekend. The American Speed Company '33 Ford Roadster will be build by, GNRS Builder of the Year Phil Leatherman and his crew from Extreme Automotive in Corona, California. Ron Mangus of Rialto, California adn eric Thornsen of Agoura Hills, California teamed up and did all the stitchcraft of the red leather interior. The TCI chassis features a Speedway Engineering quick-change rear end with Wilwood disc brakes. Power comes from a Roush 353 fuel-injected  engine hooked up to a B&M AOD transmission. The Speed '33 Ford roadster rolls on Billet Specialties wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber. The body was colored with a bright blue from Planet Color.
The GNRS "Drive-In" allowed over 500 wild custom vehicles to be displayed outside on the spacious paddock area surrounding the huge exhibit halls of the FairPlex beautifully groomed grounds.
This is a must see show. For you folks experiencing freezing temperatures and shoveling snow during the frigid month of January take a break and come to sunny warm SoCal for the Grand National Roadster Show next year.

While strollin' the show I took a few pixs to share....
Check 'em out.

Bob Ryder
Remember Old Guys Rule!    




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