HRE Performance Wheels is expanding its C1 lineup to include the C105, a lightweight track- focused wheel

Vista, Calif. (February, 2018) – HRE’s Series C1 has been the perfect evolution of HRE’s original Competition Series wheels. They are now expanding that series to include the C105, a forged five-spoke wheel designed for track or street use.

The C105 is available in 18” to 20” diameters and gives customers the option to use standard stainless assembly bolts or optional titanium fasteners. Similar to the rest of the Series C1, the C105 is also available in a center lock configuration.

“The 5-spoke is one of the most quintessential designs of all time, but doing it really well takes skill,” said HRE President, Alan Peltier. This new C105 is muscular and subtle in its aggressiveness, drawing well from the purposeful lines of its Series C1 family. I am excited to see it hit the road.”

All HRE wheels, including the Series C1, are engineered to minimize unsprung mass and rotational inertia for optimal acceleration, handling and braking performance. Each wheel is built-to-order and there are nearly infinite fitment, color and finish options available for the ultimate custom-tailored wheel buying experience.

HRE designs, engineers and manufactures 3-piece and 1-piece forged aluminum alloy wheels for Racing, Performance & Luxury cars and SUVs in their San Diego, California-based, TÜV-approved facility. HRE’s built-to-order wheel sets offer a customized choice of offsets, widths and finishes, resulting in a uniquely personal style and performance solution for each customer’s application. HRE wheels are sold through select high-end car dealerships, specialty retailers and performance companies worldwide. For more information, visit or call an HRE wheel expert at (760) 598-1960.


Built by Lucky 7 Customs, the extensively customized Buick owned by Clifford Mattis beat out five top competitors for the coveted award, which was presented during the concluding ceremonies at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds on Sunday, February 18.

Sacramento, Calif. (February, 2018) – An extraordinary 1941 Buick Sedanette owned by Clifford Mattis and built by Antioch, Calif.-based Lucky 7 Customs was named as the recipient of the coveted “Custom d’Elegance” award at the 68th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Sacramento Autorama, in a presentation made during closing ceremonies at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds on Sunday.

Nicknamed “Dillinger,” the Buick earned top honors in a field of six customs competing for the award, which recognizes the best hand built custom vehicle from 1935-1948 that embodies the true spirit of a classic custom.  The honor places Lucky 7 Customs alongside iconic customizers like Gene Winfield, Joe Bailon, George Barris, and John D’Agostino on the show’s historic perpetual plaque.

Living up to its reputation as the “Kustom Capital of the World,” Sacramento Autorama featured the display of more than 900 of the country’s most prized custom vehicles.  Attracting tens of thousands of enthusiasts, the event provided a first-hand look at radical customs, trucks, hot rods, muscle cars, street machines and motorcycles.

On top of the “Custom d’Elegance” award, “Dillinger” also received the “World’s Most Beautiful Custom” award recognizing the favorite custom from 1936 to present that features a silhouette change, including a chop, channel or section. Established in honor of Autorama creator H.A. Bagdasarian, the winner’s name will be enshrined on the eight-foot tall perpetual trophy.

Culminating the three-day celebration, Sunday’s ceremonies featured the presentation of the annual “King of Kustoms” award to “Maybellene,” an incredible 1958 Lincoln Continental powered by a twin supercharged Falconer V12 owned by Sue and Tad Leach and built by Dave Kindig and the team at Kindig-It Design. King of Kustoms recognizes the best 1935-1964 custom build with particular focus on bodylines, design, flow, and quality of workmanship. Autorama judges also considered the use of color, design of paint and the look of the interior, with the vehicle’s exterior maintaining the true spirit of a classic custom.

Selected by the Barris family for a custom that showcases the best metal work, alignment of body panels and paint, the Sam Barris Memorial Award was won by “Surf Seeker,” a 1965 Volkswagen Bus built and owned by Ron Berry. The Joe “Candy Apple Red” Bailon Award, designed, created and handpicked by iconic custom car designer and builder Joe Bailon, was presented to “American Dream,” a 1950 Mercury owned by Mike and Rita Garner and built by Richie Valles of Unique Twist.

The Autorama’s Dick Bertolucci Automotive Excellence Award was presented to a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette nicknamed “Family Affair,” owned by Richard and Bonnie Cox and built by Kindig-it Design. The award recognizes a vehicle manufactured before 1973 that Dick Bertolucci personally felt exhibited the best craftsmanship in assembly, fit and finish, and detail.

“The 68th Sacramento Autorama was one of the most spectacular events we have ever had,” said John Buck, owner of Rod Shows and producer of the Sacramento Autorama. “Hundreds of the nation’s best custom vehicles were on display, as crowds were treated to amazing sights all weekend. We hope everyone will join us next year for the 69th Annual Autorama as well.”

For more information about the Sacramento Autorama and the full list of 2018 award winners, please visit

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, the Sacramento Autorama, and the LA Roadster Show. 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


Jay Leno’s Garage Advance Vehicle Care now offers a waterless car wash product that is safe for use on any vehicle finish.

Burbank, Calif. (February, 2018) – Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care proudly announces its newest product, Eco Wash. This waterless car wash formula contains advanced lubricants and emulsifiers to protect paint when access to water is limited. This product is specifically designed to quickly and easily clean lightly contaminated surfaces and leave them with a just-waxed shine.

Water is the enemy of classic cars because it can become trapped in hidden areas and cause rust. Many older cars, particularly those from dry climates such as California, suffer from dry weather seals which can exacerbate this problem. Jay Leno’s Garage Eco Wash is an ideal solution for keeping these kinds of vehicles clean. Since Eco Wash is made with an extremely high concentration of lubricants and emulsifiers, it does not need to be used with water and will safely remove light dirt from any classic or modern car’s finish.

Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care Eco Wash is also beneficial in a car show or race situation where access to water is extremely limited. This product allows the user to go a step beyond what a quick detail spray can do and safely remove any light surface contaminants and restore the car’s shine.

Eco Wash is available in 16oz bottles and one gallon containers. It is also recommended to purchase the Eco Wash Microfiber Waffle Weave towel in tandem with Eco Wash. The premium microfiber towel is specifically designed for use with Eco Wash and has a unique “waffle” pattern that helps lift dirt and debris to prevent scratching or swirling.

For more information and to purchase Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care projects, please visit

Jay Leno’s Garage is synonymous with beautiful and valuable cars and after more than 20 years of trying every detailing product on the market, Leno and his team decided that they could do a better job of developing superior car care products that would suit their unique needs and the needs of detailers and DIYers around the world. After working closely with in-house chemists and product engineers, the result is the Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Car line. All of the Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care chemicals are formulated and bottled in the USA. For more information, visit


Proceeds will directly benefit Northern California-based Organization

Carmel, Calif. (February 2018) – The Quail Motorcycle Gathering presented by GEICO Motorcycle, a Peninsula Hotels Signature Motoring Event, will partner with “Welcome Home Heroes Foundation” to bring two charitable events to the weekend of the annual show.

Featuring special guest and 2017 “Legend of the Sport” Kenny Roberts, a reception and dinner will take place on Saturday, May 5th at Quail Lodge & Golf Club and be followed by the ride on Sunday, May 6th. Both events directly support the non-profit, which  provides resources for U.S. veterans and their families.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing world champion and industry icon Kenny Roberts has been a longtime proponent of Welcome Home Heroes Foundation. The grassroots 501 (3) (C) organization works directly with staff at VA facilities in Palo Alto and Livermore—as well as the U.S. Military—to assist “Operation Iraqi Freedom” and “Operation Enduring Freedom” veterans.

Saturday’s 7th Annual True American Heroes reception and dinner will honor and provide funding for this cause and feature special appearances by Roberts and fellow Grand Prix racer Eddie Lawson.  The evening will include a gourmet meal prepared by Quail Lodge & Golf Club’s Executive Chef Brian Kearns and his team. Dinner will be followed by a live auction featuring a motorcycle donated by Yamaha Motors Corporation.

The fundraising efforts will continue Sunday morning with the 14th Annual CPL Michael D. Anderson Jr. Ride. Led by the three-time world champion Roberts and four-time world champion Eddie Lawson, the ride will take participants through the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley roads with a few stops along the way, highlighted by lunch at the Moto Talbott Collection in Carmel.

“We are looking forward to working with this amazing foundation through the dinner and ride fundraiser,” said Kai Lermen, General Manager of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. “Giving back to veterans is an important cause in our community. We truly love to host events that not only raise awareness for this cause but also inspire our guests to provide their support.”

To participate, guests can buy a single event package for $400 or a double event package for $600. One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit U.S. veterans and their families. To learn more or to purchase a package, please call the True American Heroes Dinner & Ride office at 1.209.765.9317.

The Peninsula Signature Events is organized by The Peninsula Hotels, dedicated to creating world-class bespoke events at its properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila, and Paris – future openings, Yangon and London. Quail Lodge & Golf Club is home to the following Peninsula Signature Events: The Quail Ride, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, The Quail Rally and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.


Chevrolet’s two new Centennial Edition logos are now available on Lloyd Mats’ carpet floor mats for all years and models of Chevy pickup trucks

Northridge, Calif. (February, 2018) – Lloyd Mats, the leader in custom-fit truck floor mats, has announced the release of two new GM Official Licensed Centennial Edition logos to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chevrolet pickup truck. The two vintage-inspired logos are available for order on all five styles of Lloyd’s custom fit carpet floor mats for all year and model Chevy trucks and select SUVs.

2018 marks 100 years of the Chevy Truck and Chevrolet is celebrating with a special Centennial package for its Silverado and Colorado trucks. Over the past 100 years, Chevrolet has carved out a reputation as America’s most dependable and longest lasting trucks on the road. Chevy has not only become an American tradition but also one of the world’s most recognizable vehicle brands, especially when it comes to their trucks. Now, Chevy truck and SUV enthusiasts can join in on the Centennial celebration by adding a set of Lloyd Mats custom fit floor mats with one of two new centennial logos – a centennial bowtie featuring classic Chevrolet text inside of a modern bowtie and the heritage bowtie alongside a special “100 Years” logo.

The Chevrolet Centennial Edition truck and SUV logos are available on all five styles of custom-fit carpet mats, including Luxe, Ultimat, Berber 2, Velourtex, Classic Loop. They can be ordered on mats for all years of the Chevrolet Silverado, C-10, Colorado and S-10 as well as any other Chevy trucks and SUVs t

hat Lloyd Mats has fitments for.

The GM Official Licensed Chevrolet Centennial Edition truck logo is available through every major Lloyd Mats distributor.  Every set of Lloyd Mats floor and cargo mats are made in the U.S.A. and built to order – allowing customers to fully customize their mats with their choice of available logos and emblems, carpet and binding colors.  All Lloyd Mats floor mats are compatible with factory installed anchors, or provide Lloyd Mats proprietary anchoring system fasteners to keep them secure. For more information on Lloyd Mats or its licenses and to find a dealer, please visit

Founded in 1978 and employee owned, Lloyd Mats is the high-quality leader in custom-fit automobile floor mats. With six carpet and three all-weather brands, Lloyd Mats manufactures all of its products in the United States. Providing more colors, licenses, vehicle fitments and product types than any other manufacturer, the Southern California-based company has developed more than 12,000 unique patterns and applications of floor mats, including automotive trademark, lifestyle, military and personalized embroidered designs. All Lloyd Mats’ products also come equipped with factory-compatible safety anchors. For more information, visit

Mullin Automotive Museum’s 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Awarded The Peninsula Classics “Best Of The Best”

The pre-war Bugatti now carries the top automotive honor, following its qualifying “Best of Show Concours d’Etat” title at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance. The award marks the second “Best of the Best” accolade for the Mullin collection.

Paris, France (February 8th, 2018) – The Mullin Automotive Museum’s 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic was named The Peninsula Classics “Best of the Best” during a private dinner held at the Peninsula Paris on February 8th. In three years of the annual award, the Mullin Museum has won twice, claiming the inaugural title with its 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS.

Late last year, the Atlantic was nominated to compete against seven other “Best in Show” winners from prestigious Concours events around the globe. After being judged by a panel of 24 experts, including Henry Ford III and The Duke of Richmond, the car received the prestigious title, signifying its status as one of the world’s finest automobiles. The car will now return to the Mullin Museum, where it will continue to be on display.

“The Atlantic represents the pinnacle of everything I adore about the French automotive styling and widely described as the Mona Lisa of the automobile collector world,” said Peter Mullin, founder and CEO of the Mullin Automotive Museum. “From its signature curves to its aviation-inspired rivets to the John Bugatti designed sleek all-aluminum body, the car is truly a remarkable piece of art. I’m very honored to have shared it with the world amongst other worthy ‘Best of the Best’ contenders.”

Often called the “Mona Lisa” of the automotive world, the Atlantic represents the first of only three models ever produced. Marked by riveted flanges on a blue, all-aluminum body, this particular Bugatti is the only surviving “Aéro Coupé,” a designation given to the first two cars that were mechanically very similar to the aérolithe. Delivered new in 1936 to Britain’s Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, third Baron Rothschild, the Atlantic has had only a handful of owners in its 80-year history.

Under the care of the Mullin Museum, the car has been shared with the public at numerous events and venues internationally. Most recently it was on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles for “The Art of Bugatti” exhibit, which closed late last month.

For more information about the Atlantic or the Mullin Automotive Museum, please visit

The Mullin Automotive Museum is located at 1421 Emerson Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033, in the building formerly occupied by the Otis Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife. The museum is typically open to the public on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month from 10 AM to 3 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Semi-Private tours are offered on Tuesdays at 10 AM and Thursdays at 11 AM for $40 per person. Other weekdays may be available by appointment. Reservations are required. For information on semi-private tours or on Mullin 1000 Club membership benefits, please call 805.385.5400. To see photos of the exhibits and the cars on display, please follow the Mullin Automotive Museum’s official Instagram page.


Known as the “Kustom Capitol of the World,” the Sacramento Autorama will bring together the best customs, hot rods, lowriders, pickups, motorcycles and muscle cars from across the nation on February 16-18, 2018.

Sacramento, Calif. (February, 2018) – The nation’s hottest custom cars and hot rods will fill the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento February 16-18, as Rod Shows presents the 68th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Sacramento Autorama.

One of the longest-running indoor car shows in the world, the three-day event will feature over 400 cars positioned on the Cal Expo grounds, with an additional 250 cars in the clubhouse competing to win one of the show’s coveted awards.  Known as “The Kustom Capitol of the World,” the Autorama will feature an incredible collection of radical customs, restored classics, motorcycles, trucks, hot rods, muscle cars, lowriders and street machines.

More than 60 awards will be up for grabs over the course of the weekend, led by the coveted “Custom d’Elegance.” This award will be presented to the best chopped, channeled and sectioned vehicle from 1935-1948 that embodies the true spirit of a classic custom. This year, six of the best custom owners and builders in America will compete for a $2,000 cash prize, and having their name added to the historic perpetual trophy alongside iconic customizers like Gene Winfield, Joe Bailon, George Barris and John D’Agostino. In addition, the show’s “King of Kustoms” award will recognize the best 1935-1964 custom build that emphasizes exceptional bodylines, design, flow, and quality of workmanship.

The Sacramento Autorama will also include appearances by Dave Kindig and Kevdogg, who will sign autographs in front of their new big rig, alongside a display of Kindig cars. Live pinstriping will generate proceeds for the U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital, while DJs spin records throughout the weekend. The Martin Special, winner of the 2018 “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” award at the Grand National Roadster show, will also be on display.

The show will be open to the public Friday, February 16, from noon to 8 p.m.; on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult admission will be $20 eavch day, children ages 6-12 are $10 each day and ages five and under are free. Parking will be $10 and located at the Main Gate and East Gate off of Exposition Blvd.

For more information about the Sacramento Autorama, please visit

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, the Sacramento Autorama, and the LA Roadster Show. 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


On February 3rd, “The Porsche Effect” opened to the public in the Mullin Grand Salon at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Featuring the German brand’s most historically significant street and race cars, along with artifacts, design studios and more, the all-new exhibit and vault tour represents the most comprehensive Porsche display outside of Stuttgart.

Los Angeles (February 5th, 2018) – Celebrating the worldwide impact of Porsche’s legendary machines, the Petersen Automotive Museum officially opened “The Porsche Effect” to the public on Saturday, February 3rd. Organized in partnership with Porsche Cars North America, the new display features 50 of the brand’s most iconic cars presented in both the exhibition and in an all-new vault tour in the museum’s underground treasury.

As one of the largest Porsche markets in the world, California is the ideal home for the new exhibition, which features a collection of cars, historical documents and artifacts, each illustrating the evolution of the brand—from early in the company’s engineering-house beginnings through its modern-day road and race cars.

Notable vehicles on display include a 1939 Type 64 Berlin-Rome race car, a 1964 901, a 1987 928 H50 Study, a 1955 550 Spyder, the 1985 959 “Paris-Dakar,” Steve McQueen’s 356 Speedster, and Petersen Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer’s 1979 935 K3 Le Mans winner.

“At the Petersen, we always seek out compelling new ways to engage our guests and pique their interests,” said Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Because Porsche is so embedded in the Southern California landscape, we were thrilled to partner with the legendary automaker to create an experience that is truly remarkable and dedicated to the many Porsche lovers in the Southland.”

“Within my responsibility I have at Porsche, none is greater than the commitment of looking after our great brand,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “With that, of course, comes the compulsion to support and honor our rich heritage. When the Petersen Museum first suggested we work together on what has become ‘The Porsche Effect,’ I immediately saw the mutual benefits to both.  We are looking forward to sharing the story of Porsche through rare and seldom seen artifacts and display elements, in addition to some of the most iconic cars or all time.”

On Thursday, February 1st, a select group of enthusiasts attended a reception to preview the new display. The evening featured live music, gourmet food, and welcoming remarks by Klaus Zellmer. Guests also enjoyed a curated panel discussion featuring famed Porsche icons and enthusiasts such as Hurley Haywood, Patrick Dempsey, Spike Feresten, Jeff Zwart, and Chad McQueen.  The evening concluded with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

The exhibit will run through January 27th, 2019. For more information about “The Porsche Effect” or about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit

The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation
 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $13 for seniors and students with ID, $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under three are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit


Interactive build, to be completed in just 67 days, will debut at The Classic Auto Show in March 

Los Angeles (January 2018) – A fully restored and customized 1967 Chevrolet Camaro built by “SkidMarks Show” host and “Flat 12 Gallery” owner Jeff Allen will make its world debut at the second annual Classic Auto Show (CAS), taking place March 2-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The project will generate proceeds for Ronald McDonald House© Central Valley.

Spanning only 67 days, the build will be a truly interactive project, inviting enthusiasts to provide recommendations on parts, paint and overall design.  CAS fans can offer their suggestions by voting online, and stay up-to-date by checking out the Project Car Webpage and The Classic Auto Show on Facebook or Instagram.

Upon completion, the Camaro will head out on a nationwide tour with the Ronald McDonald House© Central Valley, where fans will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win the one-of-a-kind Chevy.  Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Ronald McDonald House© Central Valley. Raffle tickets to win the 67 Camaro can also be purchased online, and at The Classic Auto Show.

“Our fans asked for a project car, and that’s what we’re giving them,” said Michael Carlucci, senior vice president at Clarion UX, the show’s producer. “Jeff, his team at Flat 12 Gallery and all our sponsors are working around the clock to finish this car in time. Having the opportunity to document and interact with the build and our fans along the way has only increased curiosity about the finished product.”

This 1967 Camaro project car was made possible by the 2018 Project Car Sponsors:

“When we build this baby back up, it’s going to be one mean machine,” Allen said.  “I didn’t want it to just be another good-looking Camaro, I wanted it to be an awesome driver as well.  That’s why I teamed up with some of the industry’s biggest names to pull off this build in record time.”

Tickets for the 2018 Classic Auto Show, March 2-4, are $20 with promo code LAPR or $30 at the box office. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

The Classic Auto Show is supported by event sponsors Hagerty, Intercity Lines, Inc., Meguiar’s, and media sponsors Hemmings Motor News, Velocity, Petersen Automotive Museum, Rev’n, Old Cars Weekly, Auto Round-Up, Southern California Newspaper Group, and KTLA, among others.

Watch Video: Jeff Allen Classic Auto Show Project Car

The Classic Auto Show is presented by LeftField Media, a division of Clarion Events.  Clarion Events Global Auto Portfolio produces events in the U.K., South Africa and U.S. including The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, Race Retro, Classic Car and Restoration Show, among others.  LeftField Media is a boutique events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion.


Owned by Dave Martin and built by Hot Rods & Hobbies, the customized ’31 Ford was awarded the highest honor in hot rodding, besting 14 other cars in the largest AMBR contender field in Roadster Show history.

Pomona, Calif. (January 28, 2018) – A 1931 Ford Roadster owned by Dave Martin and built by Signal Hill, Calif.-based Hot Rods & Hobbies earned the coveted “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” title in a highly anticipated announcement made Sunday during the closing ceremonies of the 69th annual Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) at the Fairplex in Pomona. The event also included the presentation of the Al Slonaker Memorial Award to Mark and Dennis Mariani’s Rad Rides 1929 Ford Model A, while Fred and Diane Bowden’s 1937 Lincoln LeBaron won the Blackie Gejeian Award and Mike Garner’s 1950 Mercury was named as the recipient of the George Barris Kustom d’Elegance award.

More than 400 individual vehicles were honored during the culmination of GNRS, which lived up to its moniker as “The Grand Daddy of Them All” by presenting more than 1,000 of the world’s hottest custom vehicles and attracting tens of thousands of fans over the course of the weekend.  Customs, restorations, muscle cars, trucks, hot rods, Rolling Bones vintage vehicles and street machines exemplified the very finest that the roadster world has to offer.

One of the most sought-after awards in the custom car world, “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” is presented annually to the best “open” hot rod in the country.  In winning this year’s nine and a half-foot tall trophy and $10,000 prize, the newly named winner earned a prestigious place alongside such legendary builders as George Barris, Andy Brizio, Boyd Coddington, Barry White, Troy Ladd and Chip Foose.

A crowd favorite throughout the event, The Martin Special was praised for its precision craftsmanship and dazzling aesthetics, as well as its provenance. In a prior form the car competed in the famed Silver State Classic open road race and while the latest, show-stopping iteration of the car has Indy Roadster influences it also has a 500hp Ed Pink Racing Engines built small block power plant harkening back to its prior form.

“Dave Martin’s car is an amazing hot rod that began as a bare metal race car and ultimately earned the highest honor in the rodding world,” said John Buck, owner of Rod Shows and producer of the Grand National Roadster Show. “This Ford Roadster possesses all the qualities that our judges look for, truly blowing us away thanks to its exceptional craftsmanship and innovative styling.”

The 2018 Grand National Roadster Show offered special exhibits like the “American Muscle Car Gathering,” which featured over 100 rare stock and restored muscle cars, each representing the finest of their respective make and model. The shows “Rolling Bones” display included nearly every example of hot rod developed the iconic Greenfield Center, NY builder, which is credited with transforming the street rod scene with a strict adherence to land-speed-inspired aesthetics and traditional build techniques. The Lifestyles Car Club presented a selection of lowriders, honoring the influence of the culture to the Southern California landscape.

GNRS also featured appearances by automotive industry celebrities like Dave Kindig and Kevdog from Kindig-It Design and Velocity’s “Bitchin Rides.” Builders Troy Trepanier, Roy Brizio, Steve Strope, Bobby Alloway were on hand to greet fans, while the Road Kings Car Club brought Tommy Ivo and his “TV” Tommy Ivo dragster. Live striping during a special “Pinstriper’s Gathering” raised more than $40,000 for Camp Conrad Chinnock, a camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes, sponsored by PPG.

For more information about the Grand National Roadster Show and for the full list of 2018 award winners, please visit

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, the Sacramento Autorama, and the LA Roadster Show. 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