2020 Grand National Roadster Show Highlights – Edelbrock Favorites Photo Gallery Part 1

2020 Grand National Roadster Show, 2020 GNRS Slonaker Award Winner
Ron Ernsberger brought his 1936 Willys Pickup to Pomona all the way from Napoleon, OH, and was awarded with the Al Slonaker Memorial Award. It’s powered by an outrageous 800-horsepower all-aluminum Arias V6.

“This is a show that I’ve wanted to see all my life and I finally made it. It did not disappoint,” said one first-time attendee of the 2020 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA. Few custom car shows can rival the prestige or the allure of the Grand National Roadster Show, a yearly custom car tradition that Al and Mary Slonaker first organized more than seven decades ago.

2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS Smitty Smith 1937 Ford
Visitors to the Edelbrock display were greeted by Smitty’s 1937 Ford in front of Big Red.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, '67 Chevelle with 632 Chevy EFI
Jonathan Seck packs serious horsepower under the hood of his 1967 Chevelle. The 632 CID engine was built by Kali Kustoms in Westminster, CA, and features Edelbrock EFI Intake Manifold and Fuel Rails.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, '67 Chevelle with 632 Chevy EFI

It’s a goal for most hot rodders to walk through that Fairplex tunnel to set foot on the famous fairgrounds and see buildings normally lined with county fair vendors now filled to capacity with the finest street rods and race cars from all over the world. A select number of ambitious builders and owners set their sights on someday competing in the GNRS, and of those that actually see their show dream come to fruition, there’s an even more elite group that aims for the pinnacle of all custom car show trophies: the nine-foot-tall America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award that has been a much sought-after accolade since 1950. This year, there were 10 AMBR contenders in building 4, each of which were qualified enough to take the gold. We were able to get a good look at all 10 including the winner HERE and, as you can see, judging this show is no easy task.

2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Hedman Husler Ford Maverick nostalgia drag car
Who remembers the Edelbrock-equipped Hedman Husler Maverick?
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS

Over in building 9, “Drag Racing Then and Now” was the theme of a special exhibit that filled the hall with some of the most famous quarter-mile machines of the past and present. Across the way in building 10 is the Suede Palace where primer and patina rule and custom culture is king. You know you’re there when you hear the rockabilly tunes blaring out the hall doors!

2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, ML EC6 Hemi manifold
We spotted an Edelbrock ML EC6 on Wlliam Kemper’s ’32 5-Window Coupe in the GNRS Suede Palace building. Vic Sr. offered this setup in the mid-1950s with everything to mount it back in the day. The name stands for Manifold Log Early Chrysler 6 Deuce, and the installation kit included linkage, fuel line with Edelbrock lettering and Corbin clamps. We offered a red fuel line like this about 10 years ago but without the lettering. This is definitely some well-preserved Edelbrock hardware here.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS

Of the 1,000 or so hot rods, custom trucks, lowriders and race cars at the 2020 Grand National Roadster Show we spotted Edelbrock parts on too many to count. Slide through Part 1 of our 2020 photo gallery below and check out some of our favorites from the show. Stay tuned to the Edelbrock blog for Part 2 of our GNRS coverage coming soon.

2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Buick Nailhead 29 Ford
How about a Buick engine in a 1929 Model A Sedan? This Nailhead was topped by an Edelbrock B-58 6×2 Manifold Log, which was a popular setup back in the day.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Buick Nailhead 29 Ford
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS '42 Ford Flathead
The “Art Rod” is a chopped and channeled ’42 Ford with a ’49 Flathead and Edelbrock Heads. These heads are still in production and made in the USA by the company that pioneered hot rodding.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS

CLICK HERE for a look back at GNRS 2019

2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS
Over in the TCI Engineering booth was Ken Brown’s 1952 Chevy pickup running a 350 Chevy with a new Edelbrock AVS2 carb and manifold.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, TCI Engineering 1952 Chevy Truck
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Drag Racing Then and Now
James Schneider, owner, builder and driver of this G/Gas Modified Eliminator ’66 Corvette, gave us a great throwback to the 1978 U.S. Nationals with this well-preserved Edelbrock Participant T-shirt at GNRS over in the “Drag Racing Then and Now” exhibit.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS

Check out the Top 10 Contenders for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award at the 2020 GNRS

2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Kersh Sidewinder Flathead Dragster
Rick Kersh, son of Dale Kersh, built this tribute dragster to honor his father who built the original chain-driven Flathead Side Winder for owner/driver Creighton Hunter. According to Kersh, Dean Moon liked the double-zero eyeball numbers on Hunter’s race car so much that he did his logo that way.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS
Like Creighton Hunter’s original “Piece of the Pie” dragster, the tribute car has a sideways-mounted Flathead with Edelbrock heads and Offy manifold.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, 1970 440 Cuda
Lurking under the hood of Kevin and Gabrielle O’Neil’s 1970 ‘Cuda is a built 440 with an Edelbrock Torker II intake.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Jim and Kathy Keeter '32 Ford Roadster
Jim and Kathy Keeter’s ’32 Roadster is all Edelbrock under the hood. Jim handled all body, paint, welding, wiring, machining and assembly on this rod from Snohomish, WA.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, pro touring Chevelle
If you’re a fan of GM A-body cars of the 1970s, this Edelbrock-equipped Chevelle in the Currie Enterprises booth was a prime pro-touring example.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Pro Touring Chevelle
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Blair's Speed Shop Fiat Altered
There’s a lot of history right here with Phil Lukens’ Blair’s Speed Shop Fiat Altered. This ’48 Topolino-bodied car is NHRA-legal and race-ready.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, 1955 Chevy pickup
Ronald Jackson was a Sunday Drive-In Show entry with this black cherry candy 1955 Chevy truck. The Elite Series Valve Covers and Air Cleaner caught our attention.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, 1955 Chevy pickup
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, dana and Lorene Hinkle Hemi Model A Sedan
This colorful 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan owned by Dana and Lorene Hinkle is a good example of what people come to expect at the Grand National Roadster Show. Like the paint work, the engine was an excessive display of horsepower with an 8-71-blown 540 CID Hemi.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS
The crew at Devious Customs builds some beautiful rides but they can also do it dirty, too. Their Dirty Farm Truck is a ‘33 Ford Pickup with a 350-inch Chevy topped with an Edelbrock carb and Classic Series Valve Covers. We got to slam the doors on this one at the recent Grand National Roadster Show and can verify that this is dirty done right!
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Devious Customs rat rod
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Brizio 32 Highboy with Edelbrock Crate 350
This Brizio Street Rods build is a ’32 Highboy Roadster owned by Bill Jones of Tujunga, CA. Bill’s Ford packs an Edelbrock 410 HP 350-inch Crate Engine with a Tremec 5-speed transmission.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, custom blue 1962 Dodge Cfrew Cab truck
We don’t come across many crew cabs from the early-‘60s very often, especially ones like David Gonzalez’s immaculate 1962 Dodge D-100 4-Door.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS
We spotted this bright blue beauty at GNRS with hood up showing a detailed 440 engine running a polished CH-28 Dual-Quad Intake Manifold and a pair of Performer carbs.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, '47 Chevy Fleetmaster
A custom filter system channels air to a Performer carburetor under the hood of Randy Edwards’ sweet 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster, one of the Sunday Drive-In Show entries at GNRS.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, 1947 Fleetmaster
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Paint by Pete Santini
Paint by Santini makes Bill Burch’s 1970 Ford Mustang body look sweet.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS
Most rods regardless of make have one thing in common: an Edelbrock carb and manifold. This one powers a 1948 Anglia Panel owned by Barry Mullen of Duarte, CA.
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS
2020 Grand National Roadster Show, Edelbrock at 2020 GNRS, Kookie's T
One of the special attractions at the 71st Grand National Roadster Show was the original Norm Grabowski “Kookie T”, winner of the Bruce Meyer Hot Rod Preservation award.