Car shows are controversial by their very nature, and when the title of America's Most Beautiful Roadster is on the line, even the winners of a veritable institution like the Grand National Roadster Show are often criticized. Maybe that's because beauty is impossible to define and truly is in the eye of the beholder, so few of us can agree on what it is. On the other hand, most rodders don't seem to have a problem agreeing on what's ugly, but maybe that's because ugly seems to speak for itself.
While picking an AMBR winner is a process of following a prescribed procedure of adding up points on an evaluation form as opposed to making a subjective selection, it's still not something we'd like to do because point totals and personal taste are often at odds with one another. But while there are guidelines for most of the awards given out at the 60th GNRS, there were those that were given without rhyme or reason-the Editor's Picks that were selected from participants at the outside "Drive-In" show.
This is the third time in as many years that those with pre-1973 cars and trucks were invited to display them Saturday and Sunday in the outside show between the buildings. A novel concept, it's been a great addition to an already outstanding show. The entry fee for participants gave the driver and a guest admission to the GNRS; preregistered entrants also received a special dash plaque and a goody bag.
As in the past, the standards for selecting the STREET RODDER award winners were reasoned and well thought out; they were cars we'd like to have in our garage. As always, the tough part was narrowing our selection down to three. Take a look at the following photos and you'll see why.