10 Roadsters, 40 Photos of 2012 AMBR Contenders

Ten Hot Rod Roadsters at Grand National Roadster Show 2012

It’s time for you to decide… Vote for your favorite below.

The Grand National Roadster Show is the best west coast hot rod and custom car show. Anyone want to argue that?

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Start with 10 of the finest roadsters competing for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award, then get surrounded by every other kind of hot rod, street rod and custom… But there’s more! Lowriders, some sports cars and motorcycles join the show, too. With two cars competing for this year’s AMBR from Texas and one down from Idaho and another from Oklahoma, it’s safe to say the SoCal and western build crews are bringin out the big guns for a shot at hot rod’s biggest trophy. It’s gonna be a tough call on which roadster wins… what do you think? Cast your vote, but don’t worry, there’s never any politics with this award…

Enjoy the pictures and for any picture, click on it to see the full-size image.

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Contender #1

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This one’s the “Indy Speedster” owned by Bill Lindig from Houston, TX. When you’ve heard someone say there’s, “Too many details to list” this is the car they’re talking about. Start with a hand-made aluminum body, sprint car style and torsion bar suspension all around then top it with an Art Chrisman build 352 cubic inch Ford backed by a Tremec 5 speed. Look for a feature story on Bill’s SoCal Speed Shop built speedster tomorrow.

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Contender #2

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If the AMBR award goes to the most BEAUTIFUL roadster, this Steve Moal built roadster’s our winner. Owned by Dennis Varni with a blown some-thin hide’n under the hood from Dan Brewer, this one’s called, “Livin’ the Dream”. We know that! (unfortunately, that’s about all we know about the car for now…)

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Contender #3

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“Sylvester III” Three? You know there’s a story there and we aren’t disappointed. This 1932 Hot Rod Ford roadster is original 50s customized steel resurrected by the guys at New Metal Kustomz. The show card says the original Sylvester debuted at the 1962 Grand National Roadster Show, but since then has been, “… traded, sold, disassembled, and stored for 40 years.” Nowadays, the 401 Nailhead powered hot rod wears some slick looking, and cream filled, headers. You know for the new rules, the AMBR cars must be driven in. Bet those headers are fun to clean! I’m hoping for a feature on ole’ Sly this week for more of the story.

This just in! Sylvester won 3 big time awards at 2012 GNRS: Best Paint, Best Engine and Best Undercarriage. Congrats to owner Paul Shaughnessy who’s also the chief at New Metal Kustomz in Cotati, CA.

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Contender #4

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Winner for best nickname, I give you, “Speed Racer”. Owner Tom Glory explains that his buddies were giving it to him cause he didn’t own a 1932 Roadster. (My friends bust on me cause my cars don’t run, but anyway, back to poor Tom) Tom didn’t want, “Another 32 Roadster” and started rattling off how it’d be built for the Bonneville racer in him… and be channeled, but the right way. With Roy Brizio from Brizio Street Rods involved, this Edelbrock Ford 302 powered and manual shifted hot rod is now running wide open at GNRS.

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Contender #5

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Number five should be number one when we’re talking unique and different powertrain. This 1932 Ford hot rod roadster, named the “Riley Roadster” is motivated by an early example of overhead cam technology from Riley Racing. And guess what? We’ve got another 5-speed, not to mention another quick change rear, but this one’s a prototype from Riley with overdrive.  Here’s a case where we need some video of this thing running. The car is owned by Don Smith, but I’m hoping for an interview with the Argentine race driver who pilots this thing. Anyone know Juan Fas Boogar?

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Contender #6

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We know who the traditional hot rod crowd will be voting for. No nickname here… it’s just a Hot Rod 1928 Ford Roadster with all the go-fast tricks of the day. The full house Mercury flathead by Very Tardel is not shy on plating by McKenzie Plating in Oregon. Want another great reason to vote here? Owner/builder Keith Christopherson did all the work on his roadster in his home shop. That’s including the chassis, bodywork, painting, plumbing and “just about everything else.” He also remembered to especially thank his bride, Brenda on his show card. Smart, skilled man indeed.

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Contender #7

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We’ll have to let the pics do the talking here. 427 Ford, fuel injected power and some dry “Merlot” coat this 1933 Ford Roadster owned by Steve Lyman from San Juan Capistrano, CA.

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Contender #8

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I suspect owner Hayden Groendyke from Enid, OK has one of everything. That’s the only reason I’d imagine he had the Hot Rod Garage from Sands Springs build this V16 powered 1931 Marmon Roadster. Hayden got to know the engine-turn guy well with details pouring out behind every chromed piece on this size extra-long 2 seater.

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Contender #9

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The other Texas contender is this 1929 Model A Ford roadster done up in gallons of black laid out by Danny Zoeller and motivated by a Hilborn jammed 425 Nailhead rowed by another Tremec 5 speed. No doubt manual transmissions are the first choice of America’s Most Beautiful Roadsters builders. Does this fine machine have a nickname? You gotta have a nickname!

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Contender #10

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Simply known as “29 A Lakes Modified” owners Larry Reynolds and Linda Ford made it easy to drop some details on this Kenny’s Rod Shop built Boise, ID hot rod. The first and obvious thing you’ll notice is the flat paint from PPG. BMW Oxford Green (in water base) is topped by Lamborghini flat clearcoat. Could you have guessed this model A modified had a piece of Italy on board? A Mercury flathead moves a C4 automatic, maybe the first auto in the crowd? The stop’s provided by our new friends at Wilwood with disc brakes all around.

If you’re curious about the official rules, click this link for the new rules for last year:  Read about the new AMBR Award judging rules.

Other than that… tell us what you think! By your vote and by your comments, tell us who should win and why.

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