The 62nd Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, Ca! Literally hundred of cars of all sorts and genres, many with alot of flames. And something called “rat” rods…the photo above is the 2010 winner of the title “Most Beautiful Roadster in America” and indeed it was a beauty. What a collection of cars, paint, chrome and car aficionados all in one place. This was a first time experience and an experience it was. Initial thoughts were it was going to be like a car show, where you get a look at next year’s models. This was incorrect thinking as we were soon to discover. “Big Daddy” Roth, legendary custom car designer and creator of the RatFink character, and other widely known designers, have left quite a legacy if all the custom cars and trucks we saw are any indication, many with names like “Midnight Pearl” ,”Golden Nugget”, “Dragon”, and “Polynesian Pineapple”. The old woodies, many intact and many modified, were definitely old favorites, especially with surfboards attached for sun in the surf, ala 1950s style.
The dragsters were incredible, with one fired up for the crowd. Nosiyyyyyyyy! How can anyone really strap themselves into these things and fly down a 1/4 mile of track at over 180 mph!! Sheer nerves of steel with flames as high as 6 ft. all around. I’d want a parachute to slow down too!
As we were walking around taking in all the sights (and sounds) we could not help but think this was a great venue for kids and teens as well as adults. There is so much artwork on display in and on the cars and trucks…motorcycles, too, even a boat, that it would be hard not to imagine a career field in some part of this industry, from art and design to engineering. These creations are truly works of art and design resurrected from the backyards and auto parts junkyards transformed into these lasting legacies through hundreds of hours of restoration work.
It was a great walk down memory lane and we made a list during the event of custom art and automotive engineering books to order for the public libraries…everybody should have the experience, in realtime or booktime, of this amazing profession and hobby…:)
From the “gearheads” at Natures’ Heritage–
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