A few spectators, upon entering the Grand National Roadster Show’s Suede Palace, expressed surprise at the fact that most of the rides inside weren’t finished in flat paint. The Suede Palace is dedicated to cars and trucks built in traditional style on a (relatively) low budget. “Suede” paint is not required.

The biggest difference between the Suede Palace and the other GNRS buildings (besides the live music and Trophy Girl contest) is the level of club participation. The Suede Palace has its own award program, separate from the rest of the event. Trophies are handbuilt and winning vehicles are chosen by clubs, not GNRS judges.

Despite that differences, many of the rods and customs displayed here would’ve fit right in inside other GNRS buildings. Alex and Celeste Idzardi have been organizing the Suede Palace since the beginning six years ago and are dedicated to keeping out the junk. Even the patina’d cars are remarkable. Any rough-looking rides are rough for a reason—usually because they are preserved vintage survivors with remarkable histories. Keep reading and you’ll see what we mean.