Chris Hamilton February 07, 2024 Feature Stories
The O’Reilly Auto Parts Grand National Roadster Show, presented by Meguiar’s, recognized the country’s top roadsters, hot rods and custom vehicles during its awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The ceremony marked the culmination of the 74th annual show and included the presentation of two of the custom car world’s most coveted awards the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award and the Al Slonaker
The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award, considered the ultimate recognition in the world of hot rodding, was awarded to a 1932 Ford two door Phaeton owned by Beth Myers and built by Roy Brizio Street Rods. The flamed Phaeton bested eight other roadsters, taking home the title’s $12,500 prize sponsored by ARP Fasteners.
Myers will also be immortalized on the award’s 9.5 foot tall perpetual trophy alongside a “who’s who” of hot rodding, including legendary builders like George Barris, Andy Brizio and Boyd Coddington.
The AMBR winning Phaeton started with one of 32 Brookville two door tubs. From there, Brizio Street Rods reworked every panel to give the car its signature hotrod profile, including a rear body section reshaped to resemble a 1932 Ford Tudor sedan
. The Brizio team built the custom 1932 Ford frame, complete with a Super Bell axle and Moal torsion bar suspension. The 500+ horsepower Roush 427 is backed by a Tremec five speed and a Winters V8 quick change rearend.
With its deep black paint by Vintage Color Studio, full length flames by Art Himsl and custom pinstriping by Eric Reyes, the car pays homage to old school hot rods with modern day performance. Like all of Brizio’s signature builds, this one of kind tub is low, fast and built to drive.