Over 1,000 Vintage Cars Populate Largest Indoor Hot Rod Show

Alex Reid
by Alex Reid

“The Grand Daddy of Them All” hot rod show will feature famous car builders from all over.
The longest-running indoor car show in the world returns to the Fairplex arena in Pomona, California. The Grand National Roadster Show was founded in 1949 and will commemorate its 69th year in 2018.

This year, 16 cars are in the running for “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster”. The winner of the coveted award will have their name engraved on a 9-foot tall perpetual trophy and $10,000 prize. Previous winners include Boyd Coddington, George Barris, and Chip Foose. There are also 400 other awards that will be up for grabs.

Other features of the show will be the “American Muscle Car Gathering”, which selects and displays the best examples of restored, rare, or stock cars, and the “Rolling Bones” display, which will feature almost every example of hot rods built by Rolling Bones, who was an extremely influential builder that transformed the hot rod scene by adhering to land-speed aesthetics and traditional build techniques. Rolling Bones cars will be displayed in dioramas of them in their golden age, on the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Race of Gentlemen Beach, or a Speed Shop.

Many celebrity guests will be in attendance, including but not limited to: Dave Kindig, TV Tommy Ivo, Rick Dore, Jimmy White, Troy Trepanier, Roy Brizio, Steve Strope, and Bobby Alloway.

Some of the most talented pinstripers in the country will also be selling their artwork and doing live pinstriping, with all the proceeds going towards Camo Conrad Chinnock, a camp for children with Type 1 diabetes.

The show runs January 26th to 28th, 2018.

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