The Grand national roadster Show started in 1950 and is the longest running indoor car show in the world, and the AMBR (Americas Most Beautiful Roadster) award, a towering eight foot tall trophy, is considered the ultimate recognition for a roadster-style hot rod. Each year a field of outstanding cars—built by the elites of the custom car world—competed for the prestigious award.
Americas Most Beautiful Roadster - 2019
The interior was a design collaboration of Eric Black and Sid Chavers; the 1936 was shipped to Sid Chavers Upholstery in Santa Clara, California, where Chavers custom-built the bench top/bucket seat bottoms from the seat frames up to mount on Pinkee's machined billet tracks. Relicate leather in a color named Walnut Shell was used throughout. Hand-laced eight-braided leather was used for the door pulls and chromed vintage MG-style exposed latches hold the doors shut; the armrests are full length. Vibro Solutions sound damping lies below foil-backed jute all as underlayment for German square-weave wool carpeting.
Inspired by the French Delahaye, Pinkee's machined the four-spoke steering wheel from a slab of billet aluminum, then Sid Chavers wrapped the outer rim in leather. The bespoke Classic Instruments are set into a radius-cut crosshatched gauge cluster placed central in a Macassar ebony veneer inlaid over a machined billet aluminum dashboard. The working folding top is made of stainless steel and wood bows chopped 3 inches to meet up with a 2-1/2-inch chopped 10-degree raked windshield. Chavers covered the top with Haartz Stayfast square-weave cloth topping. The flow-through ventilation opening rear window is a Chavers Cool Slot.
- HotRod magazine