Don Tognotti was a major force in the NorCal rodding scene, and STREET RODDER published an interview with him written by Dave Hill. In 1993, Tognotti was the owner/producer of the Grand National Roadster Show, but he was also a longtime car show builder, and "The Avenger" he owned was a Hemi-powered '32 coupe of some prominence.
From little acorns grow ... well ... little buses! Tom McMullen (third from the left) gathered his pals to build another unique hot rod: a vintage school bus that would eventually see a blown 454 under the hood and a school bus yellow paintjob. The finished cruiser was featured on the Aug. '93 cover of STREET RODDER.
Tom "Itchy" Otis and his family were the focus of the May '93 cover for the magazine, and pages inside highlighted his L.A. Highboy Deuce roadster. Another article inside showcased Plymouth's newest ride: the Prowler.
For a couple of years the Grand National Roadster Show changed the name of the America's Most Beautiful Roadster award to the World's Most Beautiful Roadster award (WMBR), and Don Raible won the award in 1993 with his purple BluSteel roadster that featured an incredibly detailed Donovan small-block engine.
Hal Zieska started his T roadster project in 1948, hoping to enter it in the 1951 National Roadster Show (as it was then called), but he was killed in the Korean War and it sat for 38 years until Mickey Himsl finished it for the 1993 show.