Few indoor shows boast the storied history of the Grand National Roadster Show, and in its 71st annual iteration, held Jan. 24-26 in Pomona, California, once again it did not disappoint. Contenders for “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” award may have been the center of attention, but our focus was on the trucks that were entered. What the GNRS might have lacked in quantity, it certainly made up for in quality. The array of trucks present this year were among the finest in the Western U.S., with a few brought from even further, such is the attraction of this particular event.
At the L.A. County Fairgrounds’ Fairplex, where the show takes place, each building had a prevailing theme. Building 4, where the AMBR contenders were located, had the most foot traffic of all, and it was also where the Pinstriper’s Gathering and Auction took place. In Building 9, “Drag Racing Then and Now” was the theme and Building 10 was home to the “Suede Palace,” which was dedicated to traditional rods and customs. Trucks were displayed throughout the Fairplex, some more closely aligned with the theme of that hall or the grouping of vehicles competing for awards in their respective categories.
Set in mostly sunny Southern California in relative proximity to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Hollywood, the attractions that caught our attention were contained inside the Fairplex. If you haven’t been before, it’s a must-see for any automotive enthusiast. The GNRS certainly keeps us coming back year after year, and looking at the trucks captured in these pages, we think you’ll agree it’s worth the effort to get there.