The two most prestigious awards given at the Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS), January 23-25, 2009 at the Pomona Fairplex, are the “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” (AMBR) and “America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” (AMBM) titles. The GNRS has been one of the top shows where the leading bike builders in the country present their latest creations to compete.
The AMBM winner receives $1,000, and their name is added to the perpetual 8-foot trophy. Only US production-based or custom built V-twins are eligible.
Past winners of the AMBM title have included such prestigious builders as Carl Brouhard, Christian Dotson, Mike and Paula Stafford and Steve Daheb.
Motorcycles have always been a significant part of the tradition of the GNRS. Besides the AMBM competition, there are several special motorcycle award categories including an individual Sweepstakes Award and Outstanding Award, and special class awards for Best Engineering, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Upholstery, Best Display and Best Detail awards.
Also the Ashcroft Motorcycle Award chosen by Ashcroft Motorcycles of Salem, Oregon, of a leather Ashcroft jacket and $250 is another example of the variety of prestigious awards given at the GNRS.
In past years the GNRS has honored legendary bike builders Arlen Ness and Ron Simms as “Builder of the Year”. Only one person each year is eligible for this honor whether they build cars or bikes, honoring a builder who throughout their careers has built significant, groundbreaking vehicles.
Over 600 show cars and 100 bikes will be on display, so plan on attending the 60th Anniversary of the GNRS—the world’s oldest car show.