2011 Grand National Roadster Show - Web Exclusive
A New Show Season Begins
The 62nd Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) kicked off the 2011 early-model truck show season for Truckin'. Known as the "Grand Daddy" of custom car shows, the GNRS is the longest running indoor car show in the world. Al Slonaker put on the inaugural Oakland Roadster Show in 1950 at the Oakland Exposition Building. Bill Niekamp's '29 Ford Roaster was the first GNRS winner, of the prestigious America's Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) trophy that stands nine-feet tall. The show was moved to the Oakland Coliseum in 1967 where it recited until 1997 it was then moved to three different locations around the San Francisco bay area. The GNRS long history of hot rod and custom icon builders like; Sam and George Barris, Bill Hines, Dean Jefferies, Carl Casper, Larry Watson, Ed Roth, Larry and Mike Alexander, Darryl Starbird, Joe Bailon and Gene Winfield were the pioneers that laid the foundation of the hot rod and custom car culture.
Ted Cyr Current decided to move the GNRS from the San Mateo Fairgrounds, to southern California in 2004. It's new and current home would be the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California. Current promoter John Buck took over the rains in 2006 since then the GNRS has grown immensely.
The 2011GNRS attracted 500 of the world's most incredible roadsters, hot rods, lead sleds, suede customs, rat rods, dragsters, vans, trucks, and vintage custom motorcycles. While more than 800 cool early-model custom rides were displayed outside between and around the seven massive Fairplex exhibit buildings. Record crowds crammed the Fairplex all three days of the show.
This year's 2011 GNRS AMBR winner was Daryl Wolfswinker with his '34 Ford, roadster. Coby Gewertz's '63 Ford Econoline "Van-Go" won the GNRS Chip Foose Designers Award and Ron Cambra received the GNRS Mild Custom Van for his '71 Dodge 2000 Tradesman. Robert, and Dava Kurhajian took home the GNRS Mild Custom Pickup Award with their '58 Chevy pickup, and David Engle was awarded the GNRS Best Custom Wagon trophy.