Nobody said it was going to be easy and thankfully we don't have to make the decision. This year's GNRS America's Most Beautiful Roadster class is filled with 12 worthy candidates. They range from completely hand-built (and most likely never to be driven) works of art to some very well detailed drivers (one of which was driven to the show). For all of you that have been waiting in anticipation to see the roadsters that the GNRS judges are going to have to weed down to just one here they are
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When John Buck took over the promotion of the GNRS almost a year ago he wanted to make the show even better and reached out to us for suggestions. After the great weather at the 2005 GNRS, we felt that an outdoor show could bring even more excitement. To Buck's credit he actually listened to us. The weather was perfect again this year helping to push the Cruise-In into a huge success. Some of the finest drivers from the Southwest showed up and gave the spectators more reasons to hang out and check out more cars. If this year was any indication next year's Cruise-In promises to be even better.
In addition to America's most beautiful hot rods, the Grand National Roadster Show is the place where you're likely to run into some of the heroes of this hobby's past and present. There are probably a few heroes of the future walking up and down these aisles too.
Variety may be an understatement while trying to describe the many different styles of cars in attendance at the show. No matter what your favorite style of car build, it's likely to be found within one of the six exhibit halls here at the Fairplex.
The Suede Palace saw just about as much traffic as the other indoor buildings filled with the glossier cars. It was a great place to hang out Friday and Saturday night and listen to the Hot Rod Trio. Saturday during the day you could watch pinstripers apply their art to everything from flat panels to cell phones.
For the most part the hot rods and customs in attendance showcase some great mechanical engineering and exterior design (there were only maybe one or two that were downright scary.) With a little more publicity and word-of-mouth it should turn into one of the must-see gatherings in the years to come.