Back on Track
By Nick Licata – Photography by the Author
Due to the situation beyond anyone’s control (that dang COVID-19 thing), we took an unscheduled time-out from the 2021 Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS), but thankfully it was a “go” in 2022. The three-day event held at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, typically takes place the last weekend in January and features the highest quality cars from all over the country–some competing for the coveted AMBR (America’s Most Beautiful Roadster) award, while many non-roadsters came out in hopes of capturing an award in one of the various classes their car falls under. Other participants are content with just displaying their cars for all to enjoy. Although the show’s name implies it’s a roadster show, the event also includes over 500 top-quality builds of various genres. We love the variety of builds, which includes the best vintage muscle cars, customs, lowriders, trucks, and pretty much everything in between.
The show also includes the Granddaddy Drive-In. This is a great part of the show in which approximately 300-400 local hot rodders drive their vintage rides to the event with the opportunity to display their cars just outside of the main buildings.
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So, with the GNRS back on track in 2022, it was nice to once again take in one of the best car shows the West Coast has to offer. As usual at a high-profile car show, there were scores of car-related vendors and plenty of Chevy muscle for us Bowtie faithful to enjoy, as well.
This year’s event held January 28-30 did not disappoint. The quality of cars entered throughout the main buildings were outstanding, and we were even able to nail down a few rides to be featured in upcoming issues of All Chevy Performance.
So, with the cancelation of the 2021 GNRS, it was great to get back out to see so many amazing cars brought to California by the most talented builders in the country while recognizing all the hard work that goes into these rolling works of art.
Here’s looking forward to the 2022 car show season and that it carries on without a hitch, so every hot rod and muscle car builder and enthusiast can continue to enjoy the car hobby just like we have for the past 100 or so years.