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65th Grand National Roadster Show at the Pomona Fairplex

The Motorcycles entered in the show.
The Motorcycles entered in the show.
Donald Kline

Many people say they are off to the car show, the 65th Grand National Roadster Show is much more than a car show it is many things going on all the same time, the is the car show part with everything from pull along wagon, pedal cars, bicycles, motorcycles, cars of every brand, style, shape color and some categories not thought up yet, Trucks were there too from compacts to big rigs, some lowered some lifted some in between.
Wanted to hear some music, over by building you could heard bands like Brodie doing tunes by Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top or venture over to the Suede Palace and listen to the Mighty Mojo Prophets getting down with the harmonica and bass playing.
Kola 99.9 FM was playing on the speakers while people roamed around checking out all the vehicles and vendors whom were selling everything that goes on, into or is about cars. The tool vendors were very busy.
The show took place in several building some had Land Speed Racers which incidentally is this year’s theme which is the “Need for Speed” and to celebrate one hundred years of racing on the salt at Bonneville. A fundraiser called “Save the Salt” raised forty thousand dollars.
There was a charity auction for Ronald McDonald called the Pinstriper’s Auction where custom painted and pinstriped pieces of art were auctioned off, one piece went for five thousand dollars in all thirty eight one hundred and ninety-eight dollars was raised.
If you needed anything pinstriped there were plenty of talented artists on hand, even my camera ended up with pinstripes on it done by Von Hot Rod pin striping.
The motorcycles entered to compete in the show consisted of two three wheelers and several two wheeled motorcycles. One called Venom X had a custom trailer and neon lighting. One very nice 1958 Harley-Davidson panhead with hand shift and foot clutch complete with all the manuals and brochure.
The top award called America’s Most Beautiful Bike went to Fabien Bacasso of La Mirada for his 2008 Harley-Davidson Dyna which is styled in the lines of a 1957 Chevrolet Belair.
One bike a custom V twin built by local builder Jimmy Torodorvitch took home three awards for Achievement, outstanding display and outstanding Engineering and that is how I described this whole event:
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Trophy on display at show.
Donald Kline
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