Get Your Update: 2017 Grand National Roadster

Get Your Update: 2017 Grand National Roadster

Get Your Update: 2017 Grand National Roadster

You don’t have to ride a V-twin motorcycle to appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into each of the custom builds at the Grand National Roadster Show.

Now in its 68th year and once known as the Oakland Roadster Show, it’s the longest running indoor car show in the world. Produced at the Fairplex in Pomona for the 14th consecutive year. Over 500 show vehicles competed for awards inside the Fairplex buildings.

This premier event feature hundreds of the best hot rods, customs, muscle cars, motorcycles, street machines and classic trucks found anywhere in the world.

Hot rod builder Chip Foose takes a break from four wheels to build this year’s America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show.

The Big Trophy Winner – 2017 Grand National Roadster

This year the trophy went to “Xpression,” a 2016 custom from Chip Foose Design and Reister’s Rod Shop. The bike is a one-off custom that took 4,835 man-hours to build with no less than 596 custom-fabricated parts.

A Chip Foose-designed one-off custom wins the America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle award - 2017 Grand National Roadster

A Chip Foose-designed one-off custom wins the America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle award.

A Chip Foose-designed one-off custom wins the America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle award

Jeff Leighton (Orange, CA) brought his killer 1942 UL flathead Big Twin.

eff Leighton (Orange, CA) brought his stellar 1942 UL flathead Big Twin.

Grand National Roadster Show – 1942 UL flathead Big Twin

Designer/builder Masao Inoue of Revolt Custom Cycles shop came from Osaka, Japan

1953 custom 1450cc Panhead

1953 custom 1450cc Panhead

A 1953 custom 1450cc Panhead named Trident. The paint reflects its ocean theme in the wave-like elements as well as the anchor-shaped sissy bar, oil tank integrated into the rear fender plus metal fab and chroming.

NORCAL Custom Builder Dalton Walker’s 1951 Triumph and its C-Cab hauler


1923 Ford C-Cab and 1951 Triumph

Custom 1936 Packard Named “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” at 2017 Grand National Roadster Show


This shapely, roadster was built by Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods. The “Mulholland Speedster” cuts quite a dramatic figure. Aside from the Packard wheels and the grille, the hot rod has little in common with the 401 Coupe it started out as. Not only is the bodywork completely custom, so is the hand-built frame underneath.

In addition to being named “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster,” the Mulholland Speedster is now part of the famed “perpetual trophy” that carries the name of the car and builder from each year.

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