Rod Authority was on the ground last weekend in Pomona, CA at the LA Roadster Show and we witnessed the perfect storm for a outdoor car show. The weather was cooperating–Saturday was especially cool and balmy–with no rain in sight. The show was just two days this year, Friday and Saturday, and we suggest taking taking a three day weekend and hitting the show right as it opens on Friday. Small crowds allowed unobstructed viewing and one could linger and take in all the details of a favorite ride. If you’re a shutterbug, the first day is a photographer’s paradise.
Pomona, CA – The LA Roadster Show and Swap Meet, America’s premier event for pre-1936 roadster and hot rod enthusiasts put on by the LA Roadsters car club had its 54th showing at the Pomona Fairplex on June 15th and 16th, 2018. The show brought in thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate roadsters, customs and the history of American car culture.
The LA Roadster Show has been a Father’s Day weekend staple in Southern California for 54 years. Over the course of the show, over 10,000 attendees visited the Fairplex to celebrate a selection of the finest pre-war roadster and classics.
Visitors also shopped for rare and unique parts at the humongous outdoor swap meet. From V12 Lincolns to vintage signage and wheels, all parts and accessories needed to build a hot rod were for sale at the show. Several vintage nitro-powered dragsters were also on hand to perform the annual “Cackle Fest”. The 3,000+ horsepower Hemi V8’s shook the fairgrounds with their mighty displays of power and noise.
“It was a fantastic weekend” said the show’s producer John Buck. “We thank those that came out to enjoy it with us at the 54th Annual Los Angeles Roadster Show. We cannot wait for the 55th show next year, and continuing this storied tradition with the club.”
Since 1960, the LA Roadsters Club has hosted the historic show and swap meet. The member’s vehicles lined the entrance to the show, gleaming under the Southern California sunshine in shades of candy apple red, deep blue, luminous green and more. It was easy to spot the legends of the club, as the bright red shirts and white pants of their uniform were constantly present around the show.