The granddaddy of them all turned 60 this year, and no we're not talking about the patriarch of a large clan. The old timers still call it Oakland, but to the folks that are still a little wet behind the ears it's known as the Grand National Roadster Show. The GNRS originally opened up as the Oakland Roadster Show way back in 1950 at the Oakland Exposition Center, and was started by Al and Mary Slonaker.
These days the GNRS, produced by John Buck, is held in Pomona, California, and in spite of the tremendous hit our economy is taking these days with slowdowns and layoffs, the show hit record attendance for 2009. Not only did more spectators show up than ever before, but the number of show entries hit an all-time high as well. We're mentioning this because we heard some of the entrants who brought their vehicles to compete weren't able to find an open spot to show. The fact is with all of the uncertainty facing show producers, and the amount of them who have gone down the tubes, putting on a car show is risky business. This coupled with the fact that even in the best of times there's 10 percent of the folks who are no shows it was a simple matter of who could have possibly known that everyone would show up? That said, we hope anyone who might have left with a bitter memory won't let it prevent them from entering next year because the GNRS really should be billed as the greatest custom car show on earth. For more information about the 61st Grand National Roadster Show to be held on January 22-24, 2010 please check out www.rodshows.com.