To go to an event of this magnitude and to take over 1300 photos, it was extremely difficult to decide which ones to use and which ones to leave out.....so to help things out, I grouped a number of them together which are of common interest, but sadly reducing their clarity. Be sure to click on each of the photos and groups of photos twice to get a full screen or larger, then you can scroll around to view them all.
My good friend Dennis Winko and I spent an incredible 8 days in the Los Angeles area, not only to attend the 65th annual Grand National Roadster Show, but to visit some hot rod shops and automotive museums in the area and take in some of the local sights as well. These photos however are all from the show and taken by myself.
...oh...a little side note "AMBR" means America's Most Beautiful Roadster.
|This is the main hall and largest of 9 buildings. The photo was taken from the center of the building so it only shows half the length of the hall.|
|This is a full restoration of Ed Roth's Surfite by Rick Rawlins.....it wouldn't be a California show without a surf mobile!!|
|Love the California "Horseless Carriage" plate|
Check out this film of Mickey Thompson breaking the 400 MPG Speed Barrier. This is the same car we saw in the Wally Parks Museum.
Next we have Ron Main and his Flatfire engine and Streamliner. Dennis was in his glory talking to Ron about flatheads and I just stood there and tried to take it all in.....one's never to old to learn something new. Read this poster about his very fast flathead Ford.
The following group of photos are vintage drag cars, and we had a nice chat with Bill Corbett (originally from Victoria B. C.) who owns and restored the purple 1948 Fiat Topolino shown in the following photo group....the car is also the cover car for this months Rodder's Journal.
Exotic engines and actually mostly flathead Fords were the trend here in California. Chrysler Hemi, Studebaker, Cadillac, Buick, Ford 4cyl and Flathead Fords were the most popular engines seen in cars at the show, many of which had McCullough Superchargers. There were very few Chevrolet V8's, especially in hot rods and if there were they were nicely disguised as something else.
Next, you could buy a pair of deuces here....beautifully done real steel replicas. The one from Sweden was interesting at $15,000. US dollars and we felt left a lot to be desired in detail. The real deal as far as we were concerned was sold by SoCal and was extremely nice looking, more like an original body, but the price tag was near $28,000. and that was just for a body shell.....way over my head!! I've had my own deuce back when but now I'll stick to the much more reasonable model "A", and having just as much fun as they are.
|The one from Sweden is on the left and the already chopped SoCal one is on the right.|
Next, we have some hot rods and custom cars mostly from the "Suede Palace". My own car would have fit nicely along side some of these. The vehicles in the "Suede Palace" had their own judging and awards program. Some of the most interesting ones were the original barn finds of cars built back in the '50's or '60's which have survived the test of time and left in their patina state. The one we liked the most was Greg Hopkins '31 model "A" roadster of unknown origin shown top left below.
We couldn't pass up the trophy girl contest that was held in the Suede Palace on Saturday night. It was very interesting to say the least. A few good Rockabilly and Blues bands also graced the stage there through the weekend.
One of the things I had planned to do was to get my friend Shaun Hopkins here in Thunder Bay to paint my glove box door from my custom '41 Chevy dashboard that I'm using in my next project a nice gloss black and bring it with me to have it pinstriped and autographed by George Barris and Gene Winfield. The pinstripers would volunteer their work and you would then make a donation to Ronald McDonald House. Other pieces of art by the stripers were auctioned off.
Well as you can see by the photos below that it all came to fruition. Two pinstripe artists did a great job and George and Gene did sign it as well as the artists and "Deuce of Spades" film maker Faith Granger. Thank you Shaun for painted it for me and getting this plan started.
|Top left is myself with George and his grandson, top right is Gene signing the piece, bottom left is Gene with Dennis, center is Gene shaking hands, and bottom right is the artist Ric Malicoat.|
Here are a few more pictures pretty much self explanatory!
They gave away 100's of trophy's and awards and we were very fortunate to have great seats for the awards and closing ceremonies. Even though we didn't agree with the judges on their final pick for AMBR, all the cars were incredibly beautiful, and I could never afford one damn one....but Dennis and I still have tons of fun with our Model "A" Fords.
Dennis and I were very fortunate to have been able to attend The 65th Grand National Roadster Show, an event I've wanted to attend since I was in my teens. Hey Den, aren't you glad I waited until you retired...Dennis is a great travel companion. We had a fabulous time that we'll talk about for years. Also thank you to my old friend Bryan Howland who was our tour guide for a day to the Peterson Museum and throughout the Hollywood area. Bryan is a childhood friend of mine and lives in Woodland Hills, a Los Angeles suburb and we've only seen each other 3 times since 1958, but talk often and email often....great time!
|Dave and Dennis in the Suede Palace.|
This final group of pictures reminded me of the old Fort William Gardens car shows....at the end of the show you would stand outside to see the guys coming out of the Gardens and rapping their pipes and smoking their tires.....wonderful memories.
I hope you enjoyed this sort of unusual post on this blog !! Thanks for watching...D.