2018 GRAND NA­TIONAL ROAD­STER SHOW

AT THE FAIR­PLEX

Lowrider - - LOWRIDER - STORY BY BETO MEN­DOZA | PHO­TOS BY BETO MEN­DOZA & JOSH CHING

Since 2003, the Grand Na­tional Road­ster Show (GNRS) has been tak­ing place at the Pomona Fair­plex, but it was orig­i­nally an Oak­land-based car show. The GNRS was orig­i­nally or­ga­nized to show­case new car mod­els for re­turn­ing World War II sol­diers, with the ex­tra spa­ces be­ing given to lo­cal car clubs. At the first show the crowds walked

past all the new cars and headed straight to the cus­tom rides. The very next year the deal­er­ship cars were dropped and the GNRS was born.

Build­ing 4 is the main build­ing that hosts the AMBR (Amer­ica’s Most Beautiful Road­ster) con­tenders, but we were more in­ter­ested with the lowrider cars in at­ten­dance.

One of the clubs that con­sis­tently at­tends the show is Lifestyle Car Club. Their bright, in­tri­cate candy-pat­terned paintjobs are al­ways a crowd fa­vorite at this show. The lineup started off with Luis Le­mus’ yel­low '64 called “House of the Holy,” which took home First Place in Lowrider Hard­top Cus­tom. The Lifestyle lineup ended with a chopped '63 Im­pala owned by Richie Valles who took the Rad­i­cal Lowrider Cus­tom award. In the same build­ing was the Kronies Car Club who had a mix­ture of lowrid­ers and dub-

style rides, but all of them sit­ting on the floor. Wyno’s Only Car Club had their set of con­vert­ibles at the en­trance of Build­ing 8. An­thony Fuentes had his laven­der '55 Bel Air con­vert­ible on full dis­play and took home First Place in the Lowrider Con­vert­ible Cus­tom class.

The To­vars also never miss this show, and for the last cou­ple of years the four broth­ers have had a new laid-out bomb dis­played at the show. This year was the first time the broth­ers didn’t come out with one, but sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Daniel To­var brought out his slammed '37 Chevy and con­tin­ued with the fam­ily tra­di­tion.

What makes the GNRS show so unique is that it caters to hot rods, rat rods, trucks, bikes, mus­cle cars, and, of course, lowrid­ers. All forms of Amer­i­can car cul­ture are all found un­der one roof …. or in this case un­der seven roofs.

Top-of-the­line Tri-Five South­side fifty-five.

Coupes, Mercs, Rags, and Deuces ran wild at this show of shows.

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