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Grand National Roadster Show 2014

Noteworthy Victories for Hot Rods & Custom Stuff

By Yours Truly & Friends




Have we been teased long enough? Amongst the many in-progress projects at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, only a select few are seen on this ‘site. David French’s Concept ‘Camino has appeared on the previous page, but as the project neared completion, it was kept somewhat under wraps—‘til just the other day at the 65th annual Grand National Roadster Show where it made its public debut. Mr. French now has an excellent start on his trophy collection. Chick’s More Bones roadster triumphed as well, but we’ll come back to all that in just a minute.


According to unsubstantiated rumor, this could actually be the second unveiling for the Concept ‘Camino. Before this show, HR&CS painter Andy’s rendering was the closest thing to an overall view that most of us had seen.


The sign board is Andy’s work as well. Is it just me, or does it seem a little unfair to call him a painter? How ‘bout, artist?


The HR&CS booths were once again situated in the middle of Building 4. Counter crewmembers Richard ‘n’ DJ were steadily beyond busy. Mike ‘n’ Dianne Edwards were busy with demonstrations of new Blinkie models as well. Somehow despite the fast-paced action, Chick managed to get the Clarks ‘n’ Frenches to stand still just long enough to catch the snapshot above.


HR&CS customer Robert Riggio’s ’57 Bel Air chassis has made show appearances before, but this time it’s in living color. Over time yours truly has accumulated an extensive photo’ file on this project. The workmanship and attention to detail (even where the sun won’t shine) must be seen. Bear with me, okay?


Having been-there-done-that, Chick had chosen not to enter his road-tested roadster in the show. However, as a part of the HR&CS display, it attracted plenty of attention. We’ll have more on that in a minute, too.


For competition contrast, Ollie Morris’ recently restored Smokin’ White Owl rear-engine dragster was in the HR&CS booths as well.


The Smokin’ White Owl has been shown a time or two since reaching this stage of completion. Portions of the build are documented on the previous page, and providin’ things go according to plan, we just might see it in print soon.


And speakin’ of seein’ things in print soon, the 65th annual Grand National Roadster Show will be covered in detail, so there’s little we can show y’all here that you wouldn’t see anyway. But since we’ve been oglin’ ol’ racecars, and since Building 9 is full of ‘em, we might as well take a quick run through, eh? Okay, let’s go!  











Wheew! I don't know 'bout y'all, but that took a lot out o' yours truly. 


Back in Building 4, toward the end of the show, both David French and Chick Koszis had had done very well during the awards ceremony. Have we been teased long enough?


Here on the parts counter of Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, we see the results of our efforts. See the big, tall shiny thing in the background? That’s a first place victory for David French’s Concept ‘Camino. But that’s not all! Mr. French’s entry picked up a couple of bonus awards as well.


Overall Outstanding Truck


Overall Outstanding Truck Interior


Once we’d returned home, I kick-started the ol’ Commodore VIC 20 and discovered this photo’ attached to one o’ those newfangled ‘lectronic messages. Now I’m goin’ to let Chick tell us about this one: “I was taken by surprise by the LA Roadster Club when they announced during the Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) award ceremonies that I had won their 7th Annual "LA Deuce" award for a street driven roadster. I guess the fact that I put on 8,200 miles on it since it competed for the America's Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) trophy at this event last year made an impression on them. The trophy is a bronze Steve Posson sculpture on a marble base. I am truly honored.”