Though it may soon be a myth, more than anything for many of us, turning 65 used to signal the grand achievement of retirement. That does not apply to the Grand National Roadster Show, which just this past January celebrated its 65th consecutive year in "show biz."

Now fully settled in its SoCal home base—aka the Fairplex at Pomona—the Grand Daddy of Them All, as it's commonly referred to, has developed a running streak of "themes"... above and beyond the cherished America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award (AMBR), that is. With past showcases, such as the well-received "75th Deuce" and "Customs, Then & Now" under its belt, as well as the "Rod & Custom/Street Rodder Cover Car" exhibit (shameless plug), 2014 was no let down, either. While the art gallery building featured a great assemblage of vintage drag cars—mostly of the Gasser nature, along with a nice array of 1960s VWs—it was the "Bonneville: Century of Speed" exhibition that garnered a hefty amount of spectator attention throughout the weekend. Our images here don't do the total exhibit justice, but at least you'll get a small taste of the historic salt!

And of course, lest we forget the GNRS' main claim to fame: the AMBR competition. Unlike the various surrounding exhibits, and even some of the general display buildings, contention for America's Most Beautiful Roadster honors wasn't quite as heated (unless you count a not-so-funny preshow incident) as in years past. That said, however, the selection of topless vehicles was still top notch. In the end, it was Wes Rydell's unique 1935 Chevy phaeton that took the 2014 AMBR trophy.

From the ever-popular Grand Daddy Drive-In (sponsored in part by Rod & Custom), which crammed the exterior byways between the buildings both Saturday and Sunday with hundreds of cars and trucks, to the Suede Palace, also with its accompanying outdoor side show, the Grand National Roadster Show is anything but showing signs of slowing down at 65. We're looking forward to what next year's event will have to offer.

Bonneville: Century of Speed