The Grand National Roadster Show has been one of the most prestigious indoor car shows since its inception back in 1950. Since then, it’s undergone a few name changes, changed locales a handful of times, but never has it wavered from that original esteem and pedigree that it had established way back in the day. And yet today, with all the pomp and circumstance that comes with any indoor show, there also seems to be bit of the opposite happening. With the addition of the outdoor drive-in a few years back as well as the spontaneous atmosphere in the Suede Palace all weekend long, the GNRS has become as much of a social gathering as it has an indoor car show, albeit one that covets one of the most respected awards in the hot rodding world, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.
But among all the glitz and glamour of the tens of thousands of dollars in displays and the TV crews and the media blitz, there still exists a down-home feel throughout the show thanks in large part to the balancing presence of custom cars, motorcycles, and of course our favorite, trucks. This year’s show was surprisingly truck heavy, with nary a row of cars in each building that didn’t have two or three trucks in it; quite a feat considering the show spread out amongst eight buildings in addition to the drive-in portion outside, which was a car show in and of itself!
The Grand National Roadster Show has been a favorite amongst die-hard gearheads and hot rodders for sixty-plus years and it’s no wonder. For whether your taste is died in the wool traditional hot rods, over carbureted muscle cars, chopped and channeled customs, or sleek and slammed trucks, the GNRS has a little something for you. Oh, and did we mention there was also live music throughout the weekend, a historic gathering of custom cars in the Customs, Then and Now hall, a Pinstriper’s Reunion, and an art auction on Saturday? Yup, and they also gave out a couple awards on Sunday. But let’s get to what you’re all waiting forthe trucks! CCT