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2009 Grand National Roadster Show - A Kool Tradition

The Grand National Roadster Show Turns 60

Kevin Aguilar –
Jun 1, 2009
Photographers: Kevin Aguilar, Joe Aguilar
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Since the initial Grand National Roadster Show in 1950, the event has received the respect and participation from the world's leading auto customizers. The show is best known for crowning the America's Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award, and year-after-year builders bring their best customs out to compete for a shot at getting their name engraved on the historic AMBR trophy. Though it started out as an event for hot rods, many great custom trucks have been displayed there throughout the years. This year was no different, bringing some of the highest quality rides.
For the 60th anniversary of the world's longest running indoor car show, the event crew pulled out all of the stops to produce the best show ever. The highlight for this year was the "twice in a lifetime" hall that was decorated in banners and oil drums to separate spectators and vehicles just like it was done in the original days of the show. Also, the vehicles in this hall were comprised of twenty-two past AMBR winners and seventy-eight other high-profile customs from the show's history.
Another cool fact about this year's event is that it had by far the most vehicles in the show's history. Part of the reason this happened was due to the staff overbooking the registration by ten percent in anticipation that a few vehicles would be unable to make it. Well, this year there were no cancellations and last-minute arrangements were made to open up another hall for the wealth of vehicles. All-in-all, this show was jam-packed with kool vehicles to look at.
Twice in a Lifetime Hall
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the GNRS, Building 9 was made to resemble the look of the shows in '50s when it was in Oakland, CA. This hall was filled with past AMBR winners and other famous vehicles that were displayed at the show in one time or another.
The Suede Palace
The oldest hall of the Fairplex is where the various "rat' style vehicles of the show are displayed. This is where several rock-a-billy bands played throughout the event, and the '50s-style pinup contest took place.
Show Name:
Grand National Roadster Show
Dates:
January 23-25, 2009
Venue (City/State):
Los Angeles County Fairplex, Pomona, CA
Spectator Attendance:
Over 30,000
Total Vehicle Entrants:
Over 1,150
Awards Given:
This is the show where the coveted, "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" award is announced. Though you don't get the actual trophy, your name gets placed next to many other winning customizers on the original 9 1/2-foot-tall trophy. Winning this title is so significant that it's like being inducted into a hall of fame for hot rodders. Other notable awards include the George Barris Kustom D' Elegance award, the Chip Foose Design Excellence award, the Bruce Meyer Hot Rod preservation award, the Brizio Family award, a Von Dutch Pinstriping award, and a few unique club made trophies for the winners in the Suede Palace.
Special Events:
Live performances by Lil' Mo & the Dynaflows, Police & Thieves, Bob Fetherlof & the Radio Club, Russell Scott & his Red Hats, RIP Carson, and the Surfing Safaris. There were also appearances by George Barris, Henry "the Fonz" Winkler & Erin "Joanie Cunningham" Moran of the television show Happy Days, Chip Foose, Lou Santiago of Garageinsidertv.com, and Michael Anthony of Van Halen. Saturday night in the Suede palace, held a special pin-up contest where girls dressed in '50s attire and competed on stage.
Sponsors:
American Speed Company, Auto Club of Southern California, Brookeville Roadster, Hubgarage.com, K-Earth 101, KLOS 95.5, Meguiars, Peterson Automobile Museum, Pirelli, Planet Color, and Universal Technical Institute
Contact For Future Events:
www.hotrodshows.com

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