Top 5 Must-Do’s for 2012 Grand National Roadster Show

2012 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA

Here’s a short, top five must-do checklist of things to do when you’re at the show:

1) Find it! And know your way around.

Access to Gate 9 Parking from I10 traveling West and from I10 traveling East

Then, a map of the Pomona Fairplex where the show is:

Grand National Roadster Show

The layout of the show changes every year, somewhat, except for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster contending cars are always in building 4 and the Suede Palace (which is building 10) a good place to stop as you enter the show. For cost info, show hours and the other boring details, go to info page.

2) See the 12 Contenders for America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

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This is the 2011 winning 1934 Roadster owned by Daryl Wolfswinkel and built by Squeeg’s Kustoms in Chandler, AZ. Here’s the 2008 to 2011 AMBR winners.

Can’t wait? Here’s the 2012 AMBR Winner!

The 12 AMBR Contenders are some of the best hot rods you’ll ever see… all with no roll-up windows as a true roadster must be. Need to know more about the AMBR rules, check here.

3) The Suede Palace – Traditional Hot Rods (and the Pinup Contest!)

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If driven, bare-bones and often a little rough around the edges traditional hot rods are your thing… and I hope they are… then don’t miss the Suede Palace right as you come in.  The Suede Palace also hosts some of the coolest vendors with pinstriping art work and t-shirts. Then, don’t miss the Pinup contest on Saturday night!

4) Pinstriping For Charity in the Main Hall

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This custom pinstriping is from Diablo’s House of Style in Bakersfield, CA.

The pinstriping jam is a little different than last year, so I’ve heard, but one thing hasn’t changed… it’s all for Charity. Benefiting the Gavin R. Stevens Foundation, their mission is to increase awareness, and work towards a cure for blindness, especially Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a genetic disease that causes blindness at birth. Stop by, see the pinstripers in action and buy generously! The auctions will take place on Friday at 7:00, Saturday at 3:00, and Sunday at 3:00 in building 4, the “Main Hall”.

5) The Deuce turns 80 – See the “Driven Deuce” Display

Grand National Roadster Show

Every year, the Grand National Roadster Show has a theme and a special display in building 9. The theme doesn’t seem to mean anything in most cases, but see if you notice any “Futurama” showing at this year’s show.

On the other hand, the Building 9 display in years past has been OUTSTANDING!

Make sure to stop by this year to see, what looks like from the info I have, so historic hot rods that shaped the future of hot rod building to come.

If you see a guy with a piston on his T-shirt, that’s probably me! Say hi and give your impressions of the show…