One of the unique features of the Grand National Roadster Show is the layout of the event. Each year effort is put forth to assemble a grouping of vehicles contained within Building 9 to represent a particular historical theme. This year, the 80th anniversary of the ’32 Ford; the iconic design in the world of hot rodding.
The show staff teamed up with longtime hot rodder Bob Kolmos and worked for over a year and a half to assemble a grouping of 80-plus cars to create a floor plan celebrating the occasion. Hot rodders were greeted by a dazzling array of ’32 Fords beneath vintage-styled banners hanging from the rafters honoring each car displayed. As you walked through the building it was apparent the cars selected not only epitomized the historical impact of the ’32 Ford, but that they also confirmed the long lasting appeal of the Deuce.
One of the intriguing elements of the display stemmed from Kolmos anchoring each row with a stocker to enhance the hot rod versions. This enabled rodders to see just what it took to restyle the different models. For example, one row was anchored by a stock phaeton flanked by two hot rodded versions, and so forth. There was plenty to see, starting with historic models spanning the decades beginning with the Doane Spencer, Vic Edelbrock Sr., and McGee roadsters, to the Lime Fire, Gray Baskerville, and Andy Brizio drop-tops.
A grouping of custom ’32 Ford pedal cars, which had been given to nine well-known hot rod builders to customize with their own personal style, looked downright cool, especially when surrounded by full-sized models. The pedal cars are a part of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Deuce Week and will be on exhibit until auctioned off throughout 2012 and 2013 to benefit the museum and its many programs, exhibits, and collection. All we can say is that this was truly a breathtaking grouping of some of the finest Deuces to be found anywhere.