For over 67 years, the Grand National Roadster Show hosts the world’s most beautiful classic cars. From Packards, Chevys and Fords to Dodges, Mercurys and Volkswagens, this show has everything a classic car enthusiast needs to see. Join JBugs January 26-28 in Pomona, CA for one of the most amazing classic car experiences in Southern California.


VW Shows, VW Lifestyle, Misc.

With the 69th annual Grand National Roadster Show right around the corner, JBugs wants to brief you on what you are about to experience.

The Grand National Roadster Show, hosted by O’Reilly Auto Parts and Meguiar’s, is a three day event held in Pomona, CA which spans over 7 buildings and 5 streets. [1] “The Grand National Roadster Show is now in its 69th year. Once known as the Oakland Roadster Show, it is the longest running indoor car show in the world! Over 500 show vehicles will compete for awards inside the Fairplex buildings.”


The awards include America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle, Best Rod, Best Truck, Best Restored, Best Custom, Best Street Machine or Competition Vehicle, Von Dutch Pinstriping Award, West Coast Customs Outstanding Nostalgia Rod or Custom Award and many more. 

If you have a classic Volkswagen, or any classic car for that matter, and are interested in entering the show for your chance to win one of many awards, visit the Rod Shows website for more information. There is also a drive-in where all classic cars are welcome to participate, although they won’t be featured in the buildings at the fairplex, only on the street. The “Grand Daddy Drive-In”, hosted by Drive! Magazine, takes place on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 and features hundreds of classic cars from builders of all different styles. 


The best part about the Grand National Roadster show is how many different styles of classic cars you will see. Each of the fairplex buildings feature cars from different classes including low riders, rat rods, muscle cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles and bicycles, roadsters, sports cars, gassers, antiques and many more. There is no shortage of classic car excitement at the Grand National Roadster Show. 

Check out some of the classic Volkswagens featured in some of the past year’s shows 

1965 Volkswagen Bug owned by Philly Moreno

1962 Volkswagen Beetle owned by Dave Galassi

Custom Volkswagen Bus owned by Ron Berry

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia owned by Mark Emerald

Volkswagen Notchback

Volkswagen Bug with Trailer

1961 Volkswagen Bus owned by A. J. & Kate Bos

If the amount of classic cars doesn’t do it for you, the Grand National Roadster Show also features live bands, trophy girl contests, meet and greets with custom builders and hundreds of vendors showcasing products, food, merchandise, clothing and more.

[1] Rod Shows. (n.d.). The Grand National Roadster Show. [ Online Information]. Retrieved on 12/28/2017 from 

Photo Credit: 

Classic News 

[1] Bruce Wanta’s 1936 Packard Roadster 

53 Deluxe

[2] Grand Daddy Drive In hosted by Drive! Magazine 

RoyBoy Productions 

[3]Philly Moreno’s 1965 VW Bug 

[4] Dave Galassi’s 1962 Beetle 

Hot VWs 

[5] Ron Berry’s VW Bus 

[6] Mark Emerald’s Karmaan Ghia 

Der Blitzkrieg Kafers Volkswagen Club 

[7] VW Notchback 

Daniel Patten 

[8] VW Bug with Trailer 


[9] A.J. & Kate Bos’ 1961 Volkswagen Bus

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