From Dragstrips to the Salt, Specialty Buildings Had It All

Throughout the weekend every square foot of the Grand National Roadster Show within the massive Pomona Fairplex was packed to the hilt with a dramatic combination of speed and culture, featuring many of the country's finest hot rods, customs, motorcycles, and muscle cars. Building 3, named the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, offered an intimate museum-like setting with its carpeted floors, painted walls, and soft lighting. It was the perfect area for the Gassers presentation, which this year also included dragsters, Altereds, and competitive hot rods from back in the day. So real you could almost hear the announcer in the tower and smell the nitromethane and burnt rubber.

Bonneville
Building 9

One of the most noteworthy features of the GNRS is just how artfully everything is laid out by the promoters. Each building is expertly arranged with regard to groupings and styles presented for the viewer's pleasure. This is especially evident in Building 9 where its massive confines revolve around one particular theme. This year the focus celebrated the "Century of Speed", a presentation honoring 100 years of racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Upon entering the main doors you were greeted by an amazing array of everything from streamliners to belly tanks, competition coupes, roadsters, motorcycles, and everything in between, complete with sounds of the race cars echoing over the loud speakers.