Edelbrock Goes On Location at the Longest-Running Indoor Car Show In the World
For most of the hot-rodding community including the Fun Team at Edelbrock, the real start of each new year kicks off in mid to late January when the Grand National Roadster Show sets up at the Pomona Fairplex. The three-day GNRS is billed as the longest-running indoor car show in the world. So large, in fact, that much of the show has overflowed onto the outdoor pavement corridors between the Fairplex buildings.
Many old school hot rodders still refer to this gigantic event as the Oakland Roadster Show, named for the city where the first organized National Roadster Show began back in 1950. In 2004, the show transplanted its roots into Southern California soil where Edelbrock has been a supporting vendor for most of the past 15 years. Now in its 70th year, the Grand National Roadster Show has evolved into a spectacular event that draws more than 1,000 custom cars, trucks, competition vehicles and motorcycles along with the top automotive aftermarket companies in the industry and quite a few celebrities.
The indoor halls are where more than 500 show cars compete for various awards, including the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy. Buildings are dedicated to specific models and styles of customs such as Model A Fords, competition cars, lowriders, rat rods, custom motorcycles and, of course, the AMBR entries.
For the first time this year, GNRS handed out a special trophy for Builder of the Decade. This well-deserved recognition went to legendary car designer and Overhaulin’ host Chip Foose who was on hand along with the largest display of Foose Design cars ever assembled in one spot. Meanwhile, the highly anticipated America’s Most Beautiful Roadster winner this year is George Poteet with his 1936 Ford called the “Three Penny Roadster.” Plenty of photos and videos are already posted up on the internet of these two GNRS tributes so our cameras were more focused on some of the other rides and engines that don’t often get the spotlight. Scroll through our 2019 GNRS photo gallery to see what you missed, and be sure to leave a comment or question in the section at the end.