It may have rained in Southern California for much of the weekend of the Grand National Roadster Show, but inside the eight buildings that house the event at Pomona's Fairplex, spectators and participants could enjoy the "Aloha" theme of this year's show.

Thanks to the modern wonders of social media, there seemed to be more buzz than ever over who would win the America's Most Beautiful Roadster trophy, or was it simply that there was a very real possibility that a truly traditional roadster might actually win? Thankfully, it seems the days of excessive displays are over, while the cars in competition were all very much driveable. The change in judging criteria three years ago has, in this scribe's eyes at least, vastly improved the competition.

But the show is more than just the AMBR, and more than just roadsters, despite the name; this year a whole building was dedicated to woodies and wagons, and another purely for early style drag cars. Of course, customs played a major role, along with the Suede Palace, motorcycles, lowriders, muscle cars, and street rods. Question is, has traditional become the new contemporary? Time will tell!


America's Most beautiful Roadster:
John Mumford's Kelly Brown' 27 T

If you've been wondering if a truly traditional hot rod could ever again win the America's Most Beautiful Roadster title, this January those wishes became reality when John Mumford's '27 T took that prestigious honor. Originally started by well-known metal-maestro Steve Davis for Kelly Brown (hence the car described as the "Kelly Brown T" on Mumford's show card) with a Donovan four-cylinder engine, and receiving further work by SO-CAL Speed Shop and Pete Eastwood, when Mumford purchased the project, the build moved to Roy Brizio Street Rods. Mumford already possessed a V8-60 with a super-rare Ardun conversion setup, but as of yet had no car in which to install it. Out came the Donovan, and in went the V8-60. The dropped I-beam made way for an original tube axle, rare Kinmont brakes went on each corner, and a Halibrand Culver City quick-change went under the rear, as the project moved forward using only original parts. With a Sid Chavers interior and paint by Darryl Hollenbeck, the T put Mumford's name on the 9-foot trophy for 2013. Check out www.roybriziostreetrods.com to see how the T came together.