The GNRS is over for another year and I had a great time looking at cars and seeing old friends. Â The customs outnumbered the roadsters and that was just fine with me. Â I saw more cars than I could photograph and many old friends who, like me, go each year to see the roadsters. Â Every year people complain about the winner being an over the top car, but this year was different. Â 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. Â I am partial to model 40 roadsters and while not the current trend it was a beautiful built car. Â Doug Jerger, of Squeeg’s Kustom in Mesa, AZ built the car for Daryl Woldfswinkel, also from Mesa. Â 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. Â I paced myself, took it easy yesterday and today so far so good. Â I am sure many will complain about this simple car winning this year….not me!
This was the line to purchase a ticket at 10:00 am. Â The show did not open until noon. Â The attendance on friday was very large.
This was the first car I saw entering the show grounds. Â Now I need to tell you, I like these kind of roadsters. Â I think these cars represent what I remember about my youth. Â 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. Â Building 9 was full of customs from the past and was my favorite building this year.
Another beauty was this 50 Merc convertible. Â Purple is the in color for cars from Barris.
A true show car this 40 sedan started life in Tim’s garage. Â The 406 SBC with twin turbos made 950 hp. Â WOW! Â The paint was one of the best in the show.
Johnson’s Rod Shop had this killer 3 window in their booth. Â This young man can build cars with the best of them.
Moal built 33 Vicky was another favorite of mine. Â Steve added a full torsion bar suspension. Â Basic black with wire wheels was the look of the day.
The LA Roadsters had a building all of their own which featured top notch roadsters like this Moal built beauty. Â This was my second favorite building. Â Thanks to the LA Roadster Club.