Grand National Roadster Show 2018, After Dark, Fuel Curve

Pomona After Dark – GNRS Comes Alive Under the Lights

Pomona after dark! Has a nice ring to it huh? The Grand National Roadster Show comes alive under the lights on Saturday night. We have noticed this trend the last five years or so and it is growing in size and splendor. It’s easy to see why when looking at these images by Marc Gewertz.

Grand National Roadster Show 2018, After Dark, Fuel CurveGrand National Roadster Show 2018, After Dark, Fuel Curve

Behind the “Suede Palace” is an area of the fairgrounds known as the “Plaza De Las Americas.” It features authentic, old world Spanish Stucco buildings in multi-colored hues but even better are the white lights casting a magical glow. It makes for incredible photos.

Grand National Roadster Show 2018, After Dark, Fuel Curve

Grand National Roadster Show 2018, After Dark, Fuel Curve

The custom car guys gravitate to this spot as do some of the traditional hot rods. It’s a treat for the paying spectators to walk to Plaza. The cars on display here are different from those they see inside the buildings. All of the cars gathering back here are driven into the event Saturday. While Friday night there are a handful of cars, Saturday night there are as many as 100.Grand National Roadster Show 2018, After Dark, Fuel Curve

Grand National Roadster Show 2018, After Dark, Fuel Curve

Grand National Roadster Show 2018, After Dark, Fuel Curve

We saw Ryan Reed in his righteously raked ’37 Ford coupe, a crazy chopped black & white ’56 Lincoln, a fabulously flaked Ford Starliner, the vintage Chevy coupe from Gregory’s Speed Shop and a host of other chopped and bagged customs and even a few trucks.

Grand National Roadster Show 2018, After Dark, Fuel Curve




Then, to blow the lid off the joint, the late John Ewald’s “Mastercar” AA/Fuel Dragster was cackled on a full dose of pop, belching flames and sweet fumes all over the damn place. The entire scene was simply electric.

Grand National Roadster Show 2018, After Dark, Fuel Curve

We know this much. We might get to the GNRS a little later next year so we can party into the night back under the lights of the Plaza with the cool kids. Meet ya there!

Photography courtesy of Marc Gewertz
Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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