There’s a lot to celebrate on the third weekend of June. This year, we split our attention between three festive events: Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and the return of the LA Roadsters Show. We’re going to tell you about the third one.
The LA Roadsters Club was started in 1957 and has hosted its annual car show since 1960. The first show was a small event held at the Hollywood Bowl. By 1968, the club had outgrown that venue and relocated their expanding show to the Great Western Exhibit Center. The past 40 shows, starting in 1980, have been held at the Pomona Fairplex. This year marked the 56th show for the long-standing club’s world-famous event.
Despite the name of the club and its show, the LA Roadsters Show welcomes 1974 and older non-roadsters as well. Rods, customs, classics, and trucks are displayed in the Specialty Parking area. Of course, the Roadsters Show’s spotlight is always pointed at 1936 and earlier roadsters—generally defined as a car with no top or a removable top, and with a removable windshield and no side windows.
The LA Roadsters also include roadster pickups (roadsters with truck beds), convertibles (cloth-topped cars with roll-up windows), and phaetons (longer, sedan-sized cloth-topped cars) in the designated roadster area. Aside from the fact that virtually every roadster at this year’s event was a Ford, the variety was large. Immaculate trophy-level cars mingled with time-worn survivors. Powerplants ran the gamut, including Ford flathead engines, Chevy small-blocks, Chrysler Hemis, and more. Build styles stretched from contemporary to traditional, with a few cool oddities mixed in to get our attention.
The LA Roadsters Club had canceled its shows in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Like the club, hundreds of hot-rodders, and thousands of fans, we were glad to be back at the Pomona Fairplex to celebrate the return of the roadsters.
Make sure to check out our photo gallery of the huge LA Roadsters Show swap meet as well.
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