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66th annual Grand National Roadster Show (part 2)


(Editor’s note: Howard came back from the Grand National Roadster Show with so many amazing photos that we’re doing two Eye Candy galleries, one ran yesterday and here’s another today.)

Photos by Howard Koby

For the 12th time, the annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show presented by Meguiar’s was held at the Fairplex in Pomona, California late last month. More than 500 hot rods and customs were displayed in eight buildings.


Howard Koby
Howard Koby
Howard graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design in California. He has been a photographer and automotive journalist for 35 years out of his Los Angeles studio. He has been published in Hot Rod, AutoWeek, Road & Track, Car and Driver, Jaguar Journal, Forza, Vintage Motorsport, Classic Motorsports, Robb Report, Motor Trend Classic, Hemmings Muscle Machines, and 50 Years of Road & Track (MBI Publishing). He has served on the Advisory Committee of the Transportation Design Department at Art Center College of Design. He is the author of the books Top Fuel Dragsters of the 1970s and Pro Stock Dragsters of the 1970s, both available on amazon.com.
  1. My wife Cheryl and I wan t thank you for including our 6 year old granddaughter, Kaia Echternkamp’s 1955 Austin J40 in your Eye Candy: 66th Annual Grand National Roadster Show (Part 2). Kaia started working with me, Papa, when she was just three years old and over the next three years, she helped tear it down, sand, prime, paint and just about every other step involved in the Austin Motor Company’s vintage pedal car into a fully functioning key start, gas powered mini-car. It has all the lights of a street legal car, horn, bluetooth stereo and leather upholstery, etc. Kaia’s story and her J40 have taken the car culture by storm, she has won several awards to include First in Class at the Grand National Roadster Show, was on display at the 2014 SEMA Show, and has been featured in the January issue of Tail Fins and Chrome (can be seen via the App Store-Tail Fins and Chrome). We are close to completing a matching teardrop trailer that can be towed behind her J40. Kaia, her car and new teardrop trailer will be on show at the Crossroads Car Show at Benedict Castle, Riverside, CA on March 28, 2015, see crossroadscarshows.com
    Semper Fi, Dennis and Cheryl DeNoi

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