Just when it seemed like the Grand National Roadster Show had gotten to be as big and about as good as it could get, after last year's celebration of its 60th consecutive running, they go and step it up even further. That's right, on top of the usual vast array of show cars-ranging from America's Most Beautiful Roadster contenders to panel-painted lowriders-filling over half a dozen buildings at the Pomona Fairplex, the show expanded itself to include two brand-new exhibits: the Vintage Race Car Display and, the one we're most proud of, Cars That Made A Difference: Famous Magazine Cover Cars.
Judging from the feedback received during the show alone, those two components of the Grand National were quite the success. But rather than interpret the cover car display in our obviously biased manner (we were responsible for putting it on), we've given roving rod reporter Dain Gingerelli the honor, which you'll find further ahead in our show coverage. As for the historic racers, well, much like the 75th Anniversary '32 Ford exhibit, that too was the talk of the crowds, and deservedly so. But there was more-much, much more.
As has been the case pretty much since its inception, the competition was fierce for America's Most Beautiful Roadster honors. And so too was the variety of the vehicle entrants-everything from polished traditional to over-the-top contemporary. In the end, the latter (Mike Dingman's '33 roadster) would leave with the tall trophy and the trimmings that come with. Above and beyond the "main building" spectacles, this year's GNRS didn't skip a beat, with its supporting attractions, including the Suede Palace and the outdoor Drive-In, where all the voids between the Fairplex buildings are filled with cars on Saturday and Sunday.
To sum it up, the Granddaddy of Them All made history ... once again.