2016 Grand National Roadster Show
Showdown in Pomona
The 2016 Grand National Roadster Show roared into the Pomona Fairplex January 29-31, bringing with it all the sights and sounds that make this one of the most popular car shows around. Now in its 67th year, the GNRS brought out several hundred cars and trucks that filled up the all of the available space that the Fairplex had to offer.
This year was even larger and more anticipated than in years past as the competition for Americas Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) saw entries consisting of almost exclusively Fords, but also saw a 1934 Packard Roadster commissioned by James Hetfield of Metallica, and built by Rick Dior of recent TV fame and of Rick Dore Kustoms. The winner was a stunning 1932 Ford High Boy Roadster owned and driven by Darryl and Terri Hollenbeck in a lovely shade of Guacamole Green. It was a first time win for Darryl, and it was the third by-proxy win for Terri with her father Andy Brizio winning in 1970 and brother Roy Brizio winning twice in 1986 and 2013.
The general feel of the show outside the AMBR hall was that of a laid back day which had owners and showgoers mingling about, trading stories of previous vehicles owned as well as future plans. The range of trucks stayed below the 1973 year mark and we here at Truckin wandered around took in all the sites. From the period correct restorations, to the many trucks sitting flat on the ground with air ride, to the full-on rockabilly customs that were found in the Suede Palace, there was a whole lot to see and it was truly a feast for the eyes. We always love attending the show, and this year was no disappointment.