Roy Brizio Street Rods Build Winner Of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award
By Brian Brennan – Photography By Author
The end has come to the 74th Grand National Roadster Show. It’s early evening on Sunday the final day of the show and the $12,500 check and the 10-foot perpetual trophy all sponsored by ARP Fasteners was handed out to the winner of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award. The Roy Brizio Street Rods built ’32 Ford Phaeton took home the prestigious honors for Beth Myers of Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
This year’s GNRS featured a large turnout of show cars under the many roofs of the Pomona Fairplex as well as hundreds of hot rods that filled the outdoor car show area over the weekend. While it was a weekend filled with “dodging” the rain it most assuredly didn’t dampen the spirits as record crowds filled the many halls.
Starting with a Brookville Roadsters ’32 Ford two-door Phaeton body the project began. While at Roy Rizio Street Rods the following bodywork was undertaken: Extensive bodywork is featured with the grille narrowed 2 inches, cowl narrowed 1 ½ inches, cowl vent narrowed 1 inch, doors shortened 2 inches, rear quarters lengthened 2 inches, rear wheel wells raised 4 inches as well re-radiused, body channeled 6 inches, windshield and top chopped 3 inches, rear body section custom shaped like a two-door sedan, a custom rolled aluminum pan, and a custom hood.
Next up the body and paintwork were handled by Darryl Hollenbeck out of his vintage Color Studio along with Art Himsl flames, and Eric Reyes pinstriping. From here Sid Chavers performed his stitchwork at Sid Chavers Upholstery, Sherm’s Custom Plating handled all the brightwork (chrome and polishing), and the Indy-style wheels are from E.T. Mags now wrapped in Coker-Excelsior rubber.
Other components that make up this award-winning ’32 two-door phaeton are the Roush 427 cubic-inch small-block Ford with eight-stack EFI backed up to a manual trans, a fully boxed set of Deuce ‘rails, Moal torsion bar suspension, a Winters quick-change, a Bell 5-ich drop and drilled axle, along with the Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop Kinmont-style brake package that utilizes Wilwood disc brakes beneath the outer covers.
Well, there you have it the 2024 Grand National Roadster Show winner of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award. Congratulations to Beth Myers and a thank you for bringing her ’32 Ford two-door Phaeton to the show. MR