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  • Feb 1, 2013
Each year, the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA is used to award one entrant with the prestigious title of America's Most Beautiful Roadster. At this year's 64th annual show, which took place last weekend, a beautiful burgundy 1927 Track T Roadster owned by John Mumford took home the nine-foot tall trophy as well as a check for $10,000.

Oddly enough, according to Hemmings, the inspiration and desire for this car actually came from a set of rare Ardun heads, which Mumford had collected wanting to make the focal point of a hot rod. After sending the car off to hot-rod builder, Roy Brizio, the heads are just one of many reasons to love this particular roadster. Just to show how competitive the event is, Mumford's '27 Roadster beat out a '33 Ford Roadster that had set a pair of speed records at Bonneville last year and a '32 Ford High Boy Roadster owned by Ford executive vice president Jim Farley.

Be sure to check out our live gallery showing more of Mumford's award-winning car as well as some of the roadsters it was up against, and also check out the car's build here.


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      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome. All the nice period go-fast pieces, like the Ardun (Zora Arkus-Duntov) heads, and the Halibrand quick-change rear axle. A nice change from the usual Coddington and Foose stuff.
      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don\'t usually like roadsters, but this one is leaving me a little speechless.
      dadslife83
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, the photos of the show are a real knockout! Thanks!
      Tuetruong
      • 1 Year Ago
      ... my dream !
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      I personally would have given the award to the black 32 with the hemi that's in the gallery, but this is definitely a deserving choice. Those heads are definitely worth being a focus piece. I was fortunate enough to hear another car with the Ardun V8-60 heads similar to those at a show, and it's definitely something you need to experience for yourself, as they have an amazing and very unique sound. I do have to admit though that I am getting slightly bored with the big hot rod competitions. The cars are amazing, but they're getting a little cookie cutter. And I'm finding more and more that I'm more interested in someones inventive $4000 homebrew rod than these quarter million dollar rods that have paint jobs more expensive than any car I'm ever likely to own.
        Mr E
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        I agree that these big-dollar cars can leave you kind of numb. It takes something really special to be exciting -- I guess unless you're the one with tons of cash that owns it - or is building it. Otherwise, stuff like Project Ugly Stang here is a lot more interesting.
      Ol Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      But that thing has a case of the uglies fit to curdle a whole herd of cattle.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      What motor is in this thing?
        EXP Jawa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike
        A flathead Ford V8 with Ardun heads.
        Robert D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike
        It's an engine NOT a motor. Engines are either internal (ie. gas, diesel, etc) or external combustion (steam) motors are electric. Auto "jounalists" can't ever seem to get this right and keep on using the WRONG terminaology. Irritating. Calling the lump under the hood a motor is like asking for a heater blower engine.
          Drakkon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Robert D
          Denotation versus connotation. Look it up.
          HAT1701D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Robert D
          You are correct. That said, it has been tradition for decades even at the mechanic's level to refer to engines as "motors". Hence the name "Motorsports". That is the way it is and probably always will be. Another example..Motorcycles, not enginecycles. I work in a factory that builds very large diesel and gas engines. There are many in the facility that have extremely detailed engine backgrounds. Everything from working on them since the mid to late 70s to engineering them. Many do call them motors.
      ycplum
      • 1 Year Ago
      No pics of the cup holders? Cup holders make or break a car. LOL OK. I'll sit down and shut up.
      nonucantmakemee
      • 1 Year Ago
      who gave this the honor?opinions are like a$$holes everyone has one theres a big one sitting in the main house
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don\'t get me wrong, I\'m not knocking the roadster, it\'s damned cool and very very pretty, but... Has any one noticed that the size of the trophy is inversely proportional to the accomplishment? Last time I saw a 9 foot trophy, it was for a rap contest. Win the Monoco Gran Prix, have a gold plate. Win the most frequent shopper prize at Food \'n Stuff Gas Mart, here is a trophy taller than you!
      usci1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Our baby carriages in evolution with us.
      Worx2749
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is a beauty, except for the white wheels.
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