The annual Grand National Roadster Show looks back on a very long history. The show was founded in 1949 in Oakland, California by Al Slonaker as a pure hot rod show. Al Slonaker, however, feared that the mere performance of Hot Rods could hold the press, he renamed the exhibition in 1950 in “Roadster Show”. Since 1950, the approximately 270cm high challenge cup “Americas Most Beautifull Roadster” (AMBR) has been awarded on the Grand National Roadster Show. The winner receives a badge at the foot of the trophy and receives a small version of the trophy.
The 69th edition of the Grand National Roadster Show took place last weekend in Pomona, California. Fifteen Hot Rod and Custom Builders presented their roadster designs competing for the AMBR Cup. Vetreten was the cream of the scene. Among them Peter Aaardeme, Sean Black, Jim Bobowski, Brian Cruz, Dana Elrod, Dave Martin, Alan Johnson, Rick Dore, Bill Nash or even Bruce Meyers.
Winner of this year’s competition was Dave Martin with his 1931 Ford Roadster. The body shape of the Roadster leans against the shape of the Indy 500 race cars. It is powered by a 500 hp Ed Pink Racing Small Block engine. The roadster impressed the jury mainly by its perfect implementation of the concept that emerged in Dave Martin’s Hot Rods & Hobbies workshop in Signal Hill, California. The AMBR Cup is also endowed with a cash prize of $ 10,000.
Other award winners were Mike Garner with his 1950s Mercury, who was awarded the Goerg Barris Kustom D’Elegance award. Fred and Diane Bowden received the Blackie Geja Award for their 1937 Lincoln LeBaron. The Al Slonaker Memorial Award went to Mark and Dennis Mariani’s Rad Rides for their 1929 Ford Model A.