• Jan 27, 2009

Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Grand National Roadster Show

The Grand National Roadster Show celebrated its 60th year this past weekend in Pomona, CA with a gathering of the most beautiful hot rods, customs and motorcycles in the world. The show is the longest running indoor car show anywhere, and over 600 show cars were there competing for various awards, plus another 100 historic vehicles on display including a recreation of the show from 1959 when it was located in Oakland, CA. Visitors could also view the Mach 5 from Speed Racer, the Dukes of Hazzard's General Lee and a restored Munster Coach.

The highlight of the event comes when the title of America's Most Beautiful Roadster is crowned on Sunday afternoon. This year, Harry Willett's 1932 Ford Roadster (above) won the prestigious award, beating out 13 other highly-qualified contenders. The completely hand-built hot rod was also one of the "Great 8" competing for last year's Ridler award at the Detroit Autorama and features a stretched body, custom rail and tubular chassis, and a Viper V10 mated to a 6-speed transmission. Willett joins last year's title holder, Rudy Necoechea's 1932 Ford Roadster, and 2007's Iowa Radster as one of the few AMBR winners.


Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful photographs. Obviously pretty long exposure. What kind of camera setting did you use to shoot the photos? Mine always look like I took them in a gymnasium.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it's not held in the Oakland Arena it's not the REAL Grand National Roadster Show!!!!!

      nuff said........
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congratulations, Harry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Need date of 2010 show and location
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I like the pair in the last picture the most. Normally I don't like a big channel, but the big hubcaps match the channel perfectly. Very cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fantastic collection of photos.

      I think Rudy Necoechea's Ford Roadster is my favourite car out of the lot, although they're all awe-inspiring.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously, only one picture of AMBR?
      • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Creative sacrilege.

        A chopped and channeled Lincoln Continental Mark II from the mid '50s, I believe. The AACA types would throw themselves into fits over this, but I actually kinda like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I miss the days when the GNRS was in the Bay Area.