WINTERTIME TRA­DI­TION

2017 Grand Na­tional Road­ster Show

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY KEVIN AGUILAR PHOTOS BY KEVIN AGUILAR AND SAUL VAR­GAS

THOUGH THE SHOW sea­son peaks in the sum­mer­time, there are a few win­ter events that set the pace for the rest of the year. The Grand Na­tional Road­ster Show (GNRS) not only starts it all off, it does it in style. In fact, the show is such a big deal that it has been around for 68 years in a row, mak­ing it the world’s long­est run­ning in­door car show. Orig­i­nally held in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, the show has since moved to the Pomona Fair­plex, and this last event was held Jan. 27-29.

One of the high­lights of the show is be­ing able to view the ve­hi­cles in com­pe­ti­tion for the Amer­ica’s Most Beau­ti­ful Road­ster (AMBR) award. With pre­vi­ous win­ners like Ge­orge Bar­ris and

Boyd Cod­ding­ton, the bat­tle for the ti­tle is al­ways fierce. Earn­ing the ti­tle also comes with prizes, like get­ting your name en­graved on the cov­eted 9-foot-tall tro­phy and a cash award of $10,000. U.s.-built ve­hi­cles 1937 and older are el­i­gi­ble for en­try, in­clud­ing pick­ups of that era.

This is def­i­nitely one of our fa­vorite shows be­cause it has some­thing for ev­ery­body. The three-day in­vi­ta­tional al­ways feels like three dif­fer­ent events in one, be­cause each day brings a dif­fer­ent el­e­ment. The show kicked off on a Fri­day with more than seven halls full of cus­tom ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing one that fea­tured spe­cial sec­tions for mo­tor­cy­cles, lowrid­ers and cus­tom trucks. Another amaz­ing hall was the Suede Palace, which fea­tured the com­mu­nity of rat-styl­ized clas­sic ve­hi­cles.

This show is large and al­ways brings more than 500 top-notch cus­toms com­pet­ing for awards, plus hun­dreds more rolling in for the GNRS Drive-in. This out­door area fea­tures ve­hi­cles from all gen­er­a­tions from low­ered C-10s to early Task Force GM trucks. If you’re into Fords, there were also sev­eral clas­sic ver­sions on dis­play. From rats to shiny show­stop­pers, they all rolled in Satur­day bring­ing a dif­fer­ent feel to the show each day as the event trans­formed.

The GNRS has been held since 1950, and it has al­ways been a great way to kick off the year. We can’t wait to do this three-day event all over again. For more info on next year’s show, visit Rod­shows.com.

THE THREE-DAY IN­VI­TA­TIONAL AL­WAYS FEELS LIKE THREE DIF­FER­ENT EVENTS IN ONE, BE­CAUSE EACH DAY BRINGS A DIF­FER­ENT EL­E­MENT.”

STEVE ROGER’S ’63 C-10 LOOKED GREAT IN THE HOT RODS & HOB­BIES BOOTH.

PRE-1937 ROADSTERS, LIKE THIS SWEET PICKUP, WERE IN COM­PE­TI­TION TO WIN A SPOT ON THE 9-FOOT-TALL AMBR TRO­PHY AND $10,000 IN CASH.

RICHARD MARTELLA’S ’69 C-10 WAS CRE­ATED BY BOB GRANT BASED ON WORK BY STEVE’S ROD SHOP AND LUCKY 7 CUS­TOMS. IT WAS FI­NALLY FIN­ISHED OFF AND WON FIRST PLACE IN THE RAD­I­CAL PICKUP CLASS.

THE FOLKS AT GALPIN FORD FOUND ED “BIG DADDY” ROTH’S F-100 AND RE­STORED IT TO ITS ORIG­I­NAL LOOK.

BUILT BY SICCHOPS, RICH TILLEMA’S ’61 BLAZER TOOK HOME THE OUT­STAND­ING EN­GI­NEERED AWARD AND FIRST PLACE IN THE UTIL­ITY WAGON–FULL CLASS.

ADAM SIMM’S ’53 CHEVY HAD SOME COOL TRICKS UP ITS SLEEVE AND LEFT WITH BEST TRUCK AWARD AND FIRST PLACE IN THE FULL PICKUP CLASS.

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