A new year, a new show season. The first car show of the season usually sets the mood for the rest of the year, and we can attest that we’re definitely on the right path for 2016. This past January, Street Trucks was invited to the 67th Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS). Held at the L.A. County Fairplex in Pomona, California, GNRS is one of the longest running shows to date. It’s also one of the most prestigious shows in the hot rod industry. The 2016 GNRS attracted 500 of the world’s most incredible roadsters, hot rods, rat rods, dragsters, lowriders, motorcycles, and our favorite, trucks.
This is definitely one of my favorite shows because it has something for everybody. The three-day invitational felt like three separate shows in one, as each day brought a new element or vibe to the event. The festivities kicked off on Friday with more than six halls filled with custom vehicles, including one that featured old school VW Bugs, lowriders and custom trucks. Another hall filled with great rides, the now infamous Suede Palace, featured several custom trucks and cool vendors.
For anyone who attends shows to be inspired, the GNRS was the right event for you. There were numerous parts and creative ideas on display, and the interiors were all one-of-a-kind, personalized designs. Chevrolet was on hand to display its latest Silverado featuring the most current LT1 with direct injection. For truck enthusiasts who were ready to have their rides painted, House of Kolor had its full selection of low VOC paint on display.
In our opinion, Saturday was the day to be at the GNRS. The underground pin-up scene was in full force on the second day of the show. Saturday also showcased the most classic street trucks, which were out cruising in the mild SoCal afternoon. We got to see several Cab Over Engine trucks, classic models, and everything from first generation haulers to cutting-edge modern rides. The day ran like clockwork as all of these trucks rolled in early and rolled right out as soon as the sun went down.
With rain forecasted for Sunday morning, the action was moved indoors. The storm clouds cleared out by the end of the show so that everyone could drive home in the clear. This show year started out with such a positive vibe that we can’t wait to see you at the next 2016 event.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the May 2016 print issue of Street Trucks.