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January 29, 2016

2016 GNRS Customs

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Written by: Rik Hoving
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The Grand National Roadster Show is now in its 67th year. Once known as the Oakland Roadster Show, it is the longest running indoor car show in the world! Produced at the Fairplex in Pomona for the 13th consecutive year.


At the end of January, early February of each year one of the most prestigious in-door car show is held. Formerly known as the Oakland Roadster show, first held in 1950, later renamed the Grand National Roadster Show. The car used to be held in a relatively small Exposition building in Oakland California. Today it is held, for the 13th time at the Pomona Fairplex were a number of buildings is devoted to the most stunning Hot Rods, Race Cars and Custom Cars in the world.

The set-up for the show always starts on Wednesday, and continues till Thursday evening. The show opens on Friday morning Jan 29 and will be open till Sunday afternoon Jan 31. I have started to collect all the Custom Car related photos I have been able to find online, and gathered those on the CCC-Forum for everybody to enjoy. At the end of this article there is a link to the Forum Post. The post will grow in the next couple of days when more photos of more cars will come in.

I write this on Friday morning before the show opens, and I have seen a great number of set-up day photos. It looks like it is a really great show this year with some really fantastic Hot Rods and I’m really pleased to see a great number of new full Customs at the show. Some cars that I had heard about, seen construction photos of, but also a good number of Customs that are completely new to me… very exciting. Below are a few samples of the great Customs at the 2016 GNRS in Pomona California. Enjoy.

CCC-gnrs-2016-customs-02Scott & Holly Roberts 1954 Mercury created by Altissimo Restoration. The car has amazing details created by people like John Aiello, Brandon Penserini and Plante Interiors.



CCC-gnrs-2016-customs-05Mike Garners 1949 Cadillac Fleetline custom by Keith Dean in the South End Kustom Shop.



CCC-gnrs-2016-customs-03Marcus Edell has brought his survivor Joe Roth created 1959 Chevy to the show, it is displayed in style in the Suede Palace.



CCC-gnrs-2016-customs-01James Hetfield, 1934 Packard Roadster Created under supervision of Rick dore created by Marcel Dulay, Little Louie, Art Morris and many more. Completely finished with new patio for this year. Great Coachbuilt inspired custom and contender for the AMBR award.



CCC-gnrs-2016-customs-04Jon Wright’s 1936 Ford Roadster is a contender for the AMBR, the second custom this year. I really like this new trend! Squeege Jerger did the bodywork inspired on a Dave Bell cartoon stretched wheelbase and front and rear fender with black paintwork by the HOT ROD Garage in Oklahoma. All chrome was done by Jon wright’s own shop in Ohio.



CCC-gnrs-2016-customs-06Rob Radcliffe brought his home built 1950 Ford Sedan built completely in 1954 style.



CCC-gnrs-2016-customs-07Richard Zocchi brought his new pink Cadillac to building number 5, the Custom building at the GNRS.



Want to see more Customs from the 2016 GNRS, click the link below to go to the CCC-Forum Post with all the Custom Car Photos from this years show.




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About the Author

Rik Hoving
Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)



  1. Nice ones.
    I think it would be worth including the other 36 roadster from Hollywood Hot Rods that goes for the AMBR.
    Jeff Romig and his 1936 Ford roadster (#909)

    • Thinkfink. That 36 Ford is indeed very nice, and I have included a photo of it in the Forum Post (since it has a really nice dash-board) But I think it is to much Hot Rod with its big and littles and heavy forward rake to be really part of this exclusive GNRS Custom Car club.

  2. Bursting in pride for our Rob Radcliffe! His home built Ford custom absolutely nails it: the quintessential traditional custom car.

    Not to take away from the very impressive array of high dollar works of art crafted by some of the best professionals in our auto world, but… It does my heart good to see the spirit of “old school” alive and well. Whatever happens on the GNRS trophy stand, Rob just know you are right up there with the best.

  3. Rob Radcliffe and his home built custom.. Some of the best kustom cars were built in peoples driveways……..!!!

    Behind you all the way Rob great to see you reppen traditional old skool…….

    Hope to see you there next year Rob…..

  4. Wow, thank you…means a lot coming from you guys. This has been a great show and I’m really lucky to be a part of it. Can’t wait to see how tomorrow goes 🙂

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