The “3-Penny Roadster” owned by George Poteet of Memphis, TN and built by Pinkee’s Rod Stop in Windsor, CO has been named “American’s Most Beautiful Roadster” during the 70th Annual Grand National Roadster Show at the Pomona Fairplex on January 27th. The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award is presented each year to the best open hot rod in the country. This year’s winner took home the $10,000 prize and is now memorialized on the over 9 foot tall trophy. This is the first AMBR win for both the owner and builder. The “3-Penny Roadster” stood out in the competition due to its mix of excellent craftsmanship, understated styling and body modifications and tailor-made warm gray PPG paint.
“George Poteet’s 1936 Ford is a truly world-class hot rod and one of the most unique cards we’ve seen in years,” said John Buck, owner of Rod Shows and producer of the Grand National Roadster Show. “1936 Fords are a rare sight in AMBR competition, and our judges loved the car’s blend of traditional and modern styling cues. We’re proud to honor it as this year’s America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.”
This year’s show featured a couple special exhibits including “90 Years of the Ford Model A” which celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Ford Model A and the “Builder of the Decade” where Chip Foose was honored. Other awards given during the ceremony include Johnny Martin’s 1957 Chevrolet 150 Hardtop “Imagine” receiving the Al Slonaker Memorial Award and John Mumford’s 1929 Ford Model A “Ala Kart”, won the Bruce Meyer Hot Rod Preservation Award.