Monday’s Big Winner AMBR 2011

The GNRS is over for another year and I had a great time looking at cars and seeing old friends.  The customs outnumbered the roadsters and that was just fine with me.  I saw more cars than I could photograph and many old friends who, like me, go each year to see the roadsters.  Every year people complain about the winner being an over the top car, but this year was different.  The black 34 roadster was displayed in a simple display with nothing open for us to see.

The understated elegance of the 34 roadster had the Don Thelan look of another winner in 1986.  I am partial to model 40 roadsters and while not the current trend it was a beautiful built car.  Doug Jerger, of Squeeg’s Kustom in Mesa, AZ built the car for Daryl Woldfswinkel, also from Mesa.  Congratulations to the team for winning this very prestigious award.

I walked more than I ever have due to the number of buildings where the show displays cars.  I paced myself, took it easy yesterday and today so far so good.  I am sure many will complain about this simple car winning this year….not me!

Stay Tooned!


This was the line to purchase a ticket at 10:00 am.  The show did not open until noon.  The attendance on friday was very large.

This was the first car I saw entering the show grounds.  Now I need to tell you, I like these kind of roadsters.  I think these cars represent what I remember about my youth.  I know you could not buy the parts for under $40K but it sure tells about the movement by some folks today to build the Retro look.

A Carson style top on this chopped shoebox was the big winner in the Suede Palace.

I have seen this car many times but I still have to sit down and admire the lines of this famous Barris 51 Merc.  Building 9 was full of customs from the past and was my favorite building this year.

Another beauty was this 50 Merc convertible.  Purple is the in color for cars from Barris.

A true show car this 40 sedan started life in Tim’s garage.  The 406 SBC with twin turbos made 950 hp.  WOW!  The paint was one of the best in the show.

Johnson’s Rod Shop had this killer 3 window in their booth.  This young man can build cars with the best of them.

Moal built 33 Vicky was another favorite of mine.  Steve added a full torsion bar suspension.  Basic black with wire wheels was the look of the day.

Todays Roadster…dreaming!

The LA Roadsters had a building all of their own which featured top notch roadsters like this Moal built beauty.  This was my second favorite building.  Thanks to the LA Roadster Club.

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