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65th Grand national roadster show

Roadster at a Grand National Roadster Show
Roadster at a Grand National Roadster Show
Bonnie Peterson

Today is the last day of the 65th annual Grand National Roadster show at the Fairplex in Pomona.This is the longest running indoor car show in America and one of the most prestigious awards is given out at the end of the show; America's Most Beautiful Roadster.

The builder of the year is also chosen at the Grand National Roadster Show. This year it is Steve Cook, owner of Steve Cook Creations in Oklahoma whose cars have won all the most coveted awards in the country.

Another feature of this years show is the Trophy Girl competition. Every year, this one not exempt, is the Pinstripers charity auction.

Cars at the Grand National Roadster show look like beautiful old cars but with a little background they become astounding. This is because a lot of the cars are either hand fabricated, multiple cars put together, or complete customizations. For example there is a Ford sedan that was only made in a two door version from Ford but looks like it came that way.

The Suede Palace is where the cars you can tell are modified are. These are the lowriders, the work in progress cars and the rat rod type cars.

This year, a tragic event occurred during staging when one of the roadster's throttle stuck. The roadster crashed into the doors and ruined the front right of the roadster but worse than that, the judging coordinator was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after being run over. Vic Cunnyngham is expected to be released shortly according to Hot Rod magazine.

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