The Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS, as many call it) in Pomona, CA, was one of the last significant events on the automotive calendar in 2020 before Covid, so the 2022 edition feels like the world has returned to normal. The GNRS, as many call it, isn't just a place for topless two-seaters in the traditional roadster sense; it's one of the premier shows for all types of cars that fit under the hot rod umbrella these days. You'll find everything from rat rods, low riders, restored classics, muscle cars, street rods, drag cars, and, yes, a large selection of nicely built roadsters. This year being the 90th anniversary of the 1932 Ford, the show featured an extensive selection of that classic roadster.

2022 Americas Most Beautiful Roadster

Surprisingly, the winner of America's Most Beautiful Roadster (often seen as AMBR) was not a 1932 or Ford roadster based, but a 1934 Chevy named "Lucille" built by Devlin Rod and Custom for Jeff Breault. Under the hood was an LS V8, with individual injection stacks and smoothed header style exhaust manifolds, with details so well done it was as much a work of art as the rest of the car. They are hard to see under the Halibrand Indy-style 16" wheels, but it is stopped by Wilwood Dynalite calipers on a Roadster Shop custom chassis.

Hollywood Hot Rods 1932 Bugatti inspired Ford Coupe

The most beautiful car that isn't a roadster, known as the Al Slonaker Memorial Award, went to a chocolate brown 1932 Ford coupe built by Hollywood Hot Rods for Pat Gauntt. Under the hood was an early Cadillac 331 V8 with a pair of two-barrel carbs and a truckload of shiny polished and machine-turned metal. In keeping with the pre-war European race car style of the build (wire wheels, lever shocks, quarter elliptical leaf springs), the brakes are finned early Lincoln drums with skeletonized backplates for better cooling.

Wilwood booth at the Grand National Roadster Show

Wilwood's display booth was there too, with several tech team members to answer questions all weekend long and ensure people get the right brakes for their builds. Our extensive list of applications, adaptable componentry, high performance, and variety of available factory finishes, makes Wilwood brakes the favorite choice of more top builders and racers worldwide. There were many Wilwood brake equipped cars at the Pomona Fairplex, so we may have missed a few in this slide show, but here are some of our favorites.

  • Suede Palace Best in Show 2022 T-bucket
  • GNRS 2022 Suede Palace Best in Show T-bucket
  • Buick Nailhead powered coupe with six 2bbl carbs in bare metal
  • Traditional Flathead powered Ford roadster
  • Roadster pickup powered by period correct four banger
  • Vintage DeSoto Firedome Hemi engine in Ford Coupe
  • Ford DeLuxe banjo steering wheel and marbled shift knob
  • Mercury hubcap detail
  • Ford Y-block V8 with vintage speed equipment
  • 1932 Ford chopped top coupe with Flathead power
  • 1932 style Zipper Victoria by Fireblast hot rods with Wilwood brakes
  • T-bucket with spindle look wheels and polished Wilwood calipers
  • Slingshot front engine dragster
  • The cockpit of a front engine dragster is all business
  • Canadian Canso Acadia Sport Deluxe is their version of a Nova SS
  • Gasser wears Wilwood brakes on early Ford spindles and straight axle
  • Big black and beautiful 1958 Chevy Impala wears Wilwood brakes
  • The sparkling grille of a 58 Impala reflected in a 32 roadster body
  • Teal full fendered 1932 Ford roadster
  • Dry lakes inspired model T roadster
  • Clean 1932 Ford roadster is equipped with vintage Halibrand "lobster claw" calipers
  • The nose of this roadster was stretched for better proportions
  • Candy-apple red paint looks a mile deep
  • Model T roadster wears chrome wire wheels and polished Wilwood calipers
  • Ford Coyote motor provides plenty of power, and Wilwood provides the brakes
  • A modern interpretation of a model T based hot rod
  • 1959 Chevy El Camino wears Wilwood calipers and reflects the sign over Wilwood booth
  • Tri power 348 W-motor under hood of 59 El Camino
  • Custom 1957 Ford Thunderbird wears Wilwood calipers behind Halibrand Indy style wheels
  • Street rod builders know that Wilwood brakes look and work great right out of the box
  • Custom billet wheels machined to match the style of a 50s Chevy hubcap
  • Super clean pro-touring style 1969 Camaro wears Wilwood brakes
  • Polished aluminum Wilwood calipers on art deco street rod
  • Volkswagen Beetle wears custom finished custom fit Wilwood brakes
  • It is possible to mount brake to true spindle mount wheels
  • The impressive attention to detail on the award winning coupe
  • Properly sized Wilwood calipers won't overpower skinny frontrunners
  • Classic Chevy truck running massive Wilwood brakes
  • Tri-five Chevy 210 with Wilwood brakes
  • Detailed undercarriage with a quick change rear end
  • Early Chevy Malibu with Wilwood disc brakes
  • A La Salle, and Packard, and the reflection of a classic 32 Ford
  • Classic VW Beetle with Wilwood brakes
  • Slammed 1966 Chevy C10 truck with Wilwood brakes

If you are building a street rod, muscle car, race car, sport compact, or anything else that needs brakes, chances are Wilwood can help. Our application experts travel to many major events each year, and our race gurus can be found at the track every weekend. You can find their schedule on our online Event and Show calendar which is constantly updated. If you can't talk to us in person at a show or track, give us a call at (805) 388-1188 during business hours, or email us at


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