December 18, 2018 KahnMedia


The best hot rods, customs, lowriders and motorcycles from every corner of America will come to Southern California to compete for over 400 awards including the coveted “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” when the Grand National Roadster Show returns to the Fairplex in Pomona on January 25-27, 2019

Pomona, Calif. (January 2019) – The Grand National Roadster Show, the longest continually running indoor car show in the world, returns to the Fairplex in Pomona from January 25-27, 2019. Founded in 1949, this year’s show celebrates 70 years of hot-rodding history and will feature over 1,000 stunning show cars including hot rods, customs, lowriders and motorcycles, a special tribute naming Chip Foose “Builder of the Decade” with an array of the famed designer’s builds, a special exhibition featuring the best and most famous Model A Ford Hot Rods from the past 90 years, dozens of top parts vendors, pinstriping demonstrations and more.

This year, 13 hand-crafted roadsters from around the country will be competing for the highly coveted “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” (AMBR) award. The competitors include 1932 and 1933 Fords, Model A’s, Phaetons and other coachbuilt open cars crafted by legendary car builders like Adam’s Hot Rods, Dominator Street Rods, Moal Coachbuilders and Pinkee’s Rod Shop. The winner will have their name engraved on the monolithic 9-foot tall perpetual trophy and will receive a $10,000 prize. Previous AMBR award winners include iconic builders like Boyd Coddington, George Barris, Chip Foose, Blackie Gejeian, Troy Ladd and 2018 winner Scott Bonowski of Hot Rods and Hobbies.

The Grand National Roadster Show has become known as “The Grand Daddy of Them All,” bringing together a wide array of hot rods, customs, lowriders and muscle cars. One of the featured categories at the 2019 show will be a celebration of 90 years of the Ford Model A with more than 100 of these iconic roadsters, coupes, sedans, tudors and pickups on display. Special highlights of the Model A display will include seven previous AMBR award winners, the Eddie Dye roadster, Chrisman Brothers sedan and Elvis Presley’s roadster from “Loving You”. In addition to this display of Model A’s, numerous Bonneville and NHRA record holding vehicles will be featured throughout the show.

World-renowned hot rod builders such as Steve Strope, Troy Ladd, Jimmy Shine, Troy Trepanier, Bobby Alloway and Roy Brizio also be attending this year’s show and have cars on display. There will be car club displays from The Road Kings, Lifestyle, Inland Mopars, German Folks and more. Attendees are invited to take part in the drive-in show on Saturday and Sunday where over 800 cars will be placed outside the buildings throughout the Fairplex grounds.

Named one of the 10 Best Car Shows in America by USA Today, the Grand National Roadster Show will host a selection of famous vehicle builders and motorsports personalities throughout the weekend. The GNRS will also feature a wide variety of manufacturers and vendors displaying the latest in products and services. The show will also feature the Pinstriper Charity Auction in building four, where a group of the most talented pinstripers in the country will be selling their work and striping live with all proceeds going to Drive Toward a Cure, benefiting Parkinson’s Disease research, sponsored by PPG.

The show runs from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the January 25, 2019, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on January 26, 2019 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the January 27, 2019. General admission tickets (13 years old and up) are $25 per day, junior admission tickets (6-12 years old) are $10 per day and children under 5 enter free. Parking is $12 and the entrance to the lot is located at Gate 9 off White Avenue. There will also be numerous food vendors on site to accommodate families.

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Based in the automotive cultural hub of Southern California, Rod Shows produces the West Coast’s premier indoor hot rod and custom shows including the Grand National Roadster Show and the Sacramento Autorama. Its professional show management team sets the highest standards for top quality competition and displays with every show and personally visit the country’s top automotive coachbuilders and events throughout the year, ensuring the Best of the Best participate in its events.  For more information, visit