Automotive icons Jack Stratton (left), Dave Shuten (top right) and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (below right) recognized for being outstanding pioneers in the hot-rodding and custom-car industry
Pomona, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2022) Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS), the longest-running indoor car show in the world, will honor builder Jack Stratton, designer and fabricator Dave Shuten and artist Ed “Big Daddy” Roth as its 2023 Hall of Fame inductees at the 2023 GNRS in February for being outstanding pioneers in the hot-rodding and custom-car industry.
“We are thrilled to welcome these three incredible automotive icons into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame,” said John Buck, the show’s producer. “They will join some of the most prestigious names in the hot-rod and custom-car industry and have truly earned their rightful places here.”
Jack Stratton has served multiple functions as a craftsman with Roy Brizio Street Rods for over 40 years. He was involved in several iconic Brizio-built cars featured at GNRS, including multiple winners of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) Award. Stratton also enjoys restoring Honda Trail 50 minibikes.
Dave Shuten was a tool and die maker for General Motors for 17 years and is now the leading designer, fabricator and builder at Galpin Auto Sports. Shuten has restored many famous cars, including some originally created by legendary builder George Barris and fellow 2023 Hall of Fame inductee Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.
Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, creator of the iconic Rat Fink character, was a trailblazing artist, pinstriper, custom-car designer and builder of many world-famous creations. Some of his most well-known cars are the “Beatnik Bandit,” “Mysterion,” “Orbitron,” “Road Agent,” and many motorcycles, including the first Volkswagen-powered trike. Several Roth creations are now featured in the Galpin Auto Sports collection in Van Nuys, California.
Created in 1960, the Hall of Fame was established to recognize persons who have contributed to the success and history of the Grand National Roadster Show and for their influence in the world of hot rodding and custom cars. Previous inductees include founding members Al Slonaker, Joe Bailon, George Barris, and, more recently, Troy Ladd, Bill Ganahl and Billy Gibbons.
The Hall of Fame presentation will take place during a special ceremony on the first day of the 2023 Grand National Roadster Show on Friday, February 3, at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. The ceremony is invitation-only, with a limited number of tickets available.
About Rod Shows
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 visits 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 www.rodshows.com.