Once known as the Oakland Roadster Show and first held in 1950, the Grand National Roadster Show has lasted through the decades, making it the longest-running indoor car show. Now held in Southern California, the Grand National Roadster Show is still widely known for its high standards for competing vehicles. It has long been a prominent show for top-notch customizers, and that legacy persists.

Though the show is best known for attracting some of the finest hot rods and roadsters, it's not limited to vehicles in those classes. Many types of classic vehicles may compete-upon approval of the owners' applications, of course. This goes for all of the trucks that are built to shine and for those that aren't. To pay tribute to the "rat" scene, these intentionally unfinished rides are placed in an area known as the Suede Palace and make for one of the most crowded areas of the show.

With all the fascinating vehicles and esteemed competition it boasts, the Grand National Roadster Show is one rockin' experience.

The 411
Show name:

Grand National Roadster Show

Dates:
January 25-27, 2008

Venue (City/State):
L.A. County Fairplex, Pomona, California

Spectator Attendance:
25,000

Total Vehicle Entrants:
483

Awards Given:
This event features the coveted "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" award. Although the winner doesn't actually get to take home the trophy, his or her name is enshrined with other major winning customizers on the original 9-1/2-foot trophy. Winning this title is one of the most prestigious honors for a hot-rodder. Other notable awards include the "George Barris Kustom d'Elegance Award," the "Chip Foose Design Excellence Award," the "Bruce Meyer Hot Rod Preservation Perpetual Trophy," the Brizio Family Award," the "Von Dutch Pinstriping Award," and a few unique club trophies for winners in the Suede Palace.

Special Events:
Live performances by the Deadbeat Daddies, Russell Scott and His Red Hots, and the Surfing Safaris. There were also appearances by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, George Barris, Butch Patrick (aka "Eddie Munster"), Troy Trepanier, and movie stars Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, Paul LeMat, and Cindy Williams of American Graffiti.

Sponsors:
Auto Club of Southern California, KLOS, Meguiar's, Egge Machine, Brookeville Roadsters, Toyo Tire, Recycler Classifieds, Chino Valley Featherlite, Ford Motor Co., and the Petersen Automotive Museum

Contact For Future Events:
www.hotrodshows.com