Touted as the world’s longest running indoor car show, the Grand National Roadster Show held its 64th anniversary event this weekend in Pomona, California. And as always, officials named one show-stopper America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.
This year, the clear winner was a 1927 Fort Track T roadster, a gorgeous ride that combines Model T parts with Model A bodywork. But the win was a good 30 years in the making. The car began as a rebuild project of various car owners in the 1980s, NHRA Top Fuel champion Kelly Brown among them. Brown and other subsequent owners never quite finished the project and eventually, the car found its way to hot rod collector John Mumford, who gave it to noted car builder Roy Brizio.
Mumford knew just what to add to the mix of parts that had made their way to his garage – his traditional Ford flathead V-8 topped with an Ardun overhead valve setup made by Zora Arkus-Duntov, known by auto enthusiasts as the father of the Corvette. Arkus-Duntov made just eight of these engine heads and, as fate or pure luck would have it, Mumford owned two of them. By the time Mumford applied the last layer of shine on his soon-to-be award-winning roadster, it sported the front axle of a ’37 Ford; a nose, tail pan and belly pan by bending master Steve Davis; and upholstery by Sid Chavers with help over the years by SoCal Speed Shop and Pete Eastwood – An automotive dream team, no doubt.
Mumford’s Track T beat more than 500 other entrants. And we here at E3 Spark Plugs can certainly see why. Did you attend the Grand National Roadster Show? Post your pics and thoughts on the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook Fan Page.