SCENE AT THE 2018 GRAND NA­TIONAL ROAD­STER SHOW

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Roddin’ Scene - —STEPHAN SZANTAI

Many hot rod­ders voiced out­rage when the Grand Na­tional Road­ster Show re­lo­cated to the Fair­plex in Pomona, Cal­i­for­nia, in 2004. Af­ter all, it had been a North­ern Cal­i­for­nian sta­ple since 1950, set­tling in or near the city of Oak­land for more than half a cen­tury. Some dooms­day prophets pre­dicted the quick demise of the event af­ter the move. Yet, his­tory has proved them wrong, as the three-day af­fair has grown by leaps and bounds over time. At first, the GNRS made use of three build­ings; now, 14 years later, the crowd of 50,000 en­joyed seven packed halls.

To­day’s show en­com­passes the whole U.S. car cul­ture gamut, from rods and cus­toms to lowrid­ers and mus­cle cars. In fact, the 2018 edi­tion had a build­ing solely ded­i­cated to mus­cle cars—more than 100 of them. They in­cluded some

rar­i­ties, such as ’69-’70 Charger Day­tonas and Ply­mouth Su­per­birds decked with wild aero­dy­namic ap­pa­ra­tus.

How­ever, one of the most talked-about dis­plays was right up HOT ROD Deluxe’s al­ley, specif­i­cally the Rolling Bones’ amaz­ing dio­ra­mas. Tons of books and mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles have been de­voted to the East Coast–based group of hot rod­ders, highly in­flu­enced by the hobby’s early days. Led by Ken Sch­midt and Keith Cor­nell, their cars of­fer a dis­tinc­tive, ag­gres­sive at­ti­tude, and their own­ers drive them ex­ten­sively all over the coun­try. You can see them rac­ing in a va­ri­ety of mo­tor­sports, too, as re­minded by the Bones’ ret­ro­spec­tives within the ex­hibit: time tri­als at Bon­neville, hill­climbs, dirt drags, and The Race of Gen­tle­men. Thanks for your con­tri­bu­tion to our scene, guys. Among the other road­ster show high­lights: This year’s Amer­ica’s Most Beau­ti­ful Road­ster (AMBR) com­pe­ti­tion gath­ered no less than 15 en­tries, with the ul­ti­mate ac­co­lade (and sig­na­ture tall tro­phy) go­ing to Dave Martin’s ’31 Ford, aka The Martin Spe­cial. Check out our May 2018 is­sue for a re­port on this note­wor­thy win­ner. And not far from the mus­cle car dis­play was the al­ways-suc­cess­ful Suede Palace, packed with his­tor­i­cal rods and cus­toms.

HOPPED UP HOPPED UP: This year’s AMBR com­pe­ti­tion of­fered an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of en­tries. Among them was a true sur­vivor from the 1950s: The Ed­die Dye Road­ster, orig­i­nally built by the Ayala Broth­ers and now owned by James Bobowski. Cir­cle City...

MCGEE TRIB­UTE MCGEE TRIB­UTE: The team of Por-15 and New Jer­sey’s Scott Hell­te­sen joined the AMBR bat­tle with their “Lit­tle Red” ’32 Ford road­ster. The ’40s-style treat­ment in­cludes a ’46 Ford flat­head, Of­fen­hauser heads, Stromberg carbs, and a ’41 Ford...

TV CIRCA 1958 TV CIRCA 1958: Don Pri­eto has re-cre­ated the first drag­ster cam­paigned in 1958 by the emi­nent “TV” Tommy Ivo. The lat­ter hap­pily talked with the GNRS crowd about the Buick nail­head­pow­ered sling­shot and its an­tics. Back in the 1950s, it...

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BONES HEROES

GEN­TLE­MAN RACER: Part of the Rolling Bones ex­hibit fea­tured a trib­ute to The Race of Gen­tle­men, re­volv­ing around Dick Deluna’s ’34 Ford five-win­dow en­try. No­tice the rad­i­cal 6-inch chopped top and laid-back wind­shield. In front of the 284ci ’49...

FAME FAME: In front of the Tom Fritz ban­ner sits Ge­orge Po­teet’s ’34 Ford coupe, an in­ductee of the GNRS’ 2018 Hall of Fame. (He has run more than 400 mph at Bon­neville, among his many ac­com­plish­ments). Mo­ti­vated by a ’46 276ci flat­head, the 232B Ford...

BONES HEROES: The 2018 GNRS will likely be re­mem­bered for the dis­play hosted by Ken Sch­midt and Keith Cor­nell, the brains be­hind the Rolling Bones. The ex­hibit in­cluded more than 20 cars, built in a style rem­i­nis­cent of an­cient hot rods, like those...

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