- Jan 27, 2009
Grand National Roadster Show celebrates its 60th year
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.
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