There were a couple of tasteful throwbacks to classic hot rod looks with Keith Christopherson’s ’28 Ford roadster and Eddie Baumann’s ’29 Ford roadster. Both cars were painted black, but Christopherson’s was ’40s-inspired with wire wheels and a Flattie, while Baumann’s had an injected Nailhead and Halibrand square-window wheels.

Two more roadster that got tongues wagging were Tom Gloy’s understated Porsche blue ’32, which had its cowl narrowed and body channeled, and Paul Shaughnessy’s candy red ’32 (nicknamed Sylvester II), which was a restoration/update of a roadster that first appeared in the show back in 1962.

But the winner of this year’s America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award went to Bill Lindig for his all-aluminum ’27 Ford roadster. Started as a project by Jackie Howerton two decades ago, the car went through several iterations before arriving at SO-CAL Speed Shop in Southern California where it spent the last four years being completed and fine-tuned. With its unique paint-and-polished aluminum design and hundreds of visible details inside and out, the most common comment overheard was “I can’t imagine the work that went into it.”

There is also a Hall of Fame associated with the event, and a brunch on Saturday morning saw four more folks inducted into the fraternity, which now boasts 157 members. Two people, George Brancacio and Kathy Livingston, have long been associated with the show, with Brancacio having judged cars for 42 years and Livingston helping run the operation behind the scenes.

The other two, Dennis Varni and Art Chrisman, have long been proponents of drag and dry lakes racing (Varni has run 225 in his ’32 roadster at Bonneville, and you just can’t have a complete history of the drags without including Chrisman). Varni also won the AMBR award himself in 1992, and Chrisman helped build AMBR winners in 1982, 1992, and 1994.

Besides the AMBR, there are many other highly coveted awards at the show, including The Bruce Meyer Hot Rod Restoration award, the Blackie Gejeian award, the Brizio Family award, the George Barris Kuston D’Elegance award, the Chip Foose Design of Excellence award, the Triple Gun Award of Excellence (awarded to the painter/builder of a car), and others. There are a lot of awards because the show brings out the highest caliber of custom and hot rod vehicles, and everyone knows it. If you can make a mark at the Grand National Roadster Show, then you’ve really accomplished something, and that national acclaim is what the show has been able to provide to builders and owners for more than 60 years.