Every year, the finest hot rods in the United States will participate in the Grand National Roadster Show to compete for the title of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, the most prestigious award of its kind. In the 64th edition of the show, which was held from the 25th to the 27th of January, the coveted award was won by a stunning burgundy 1927 Ford Track T roadster. Owner of the winning roadster, John Mumford, was presented a nine-foot tall trophy and a $10,000 check.
The Ford Track T roadster was constructed with Model A bodywork and Model T parts. It became a project car for several owners in the 1980s, one of whom was NHRA Top Fuel winner Kelly Brown, but it was never completed. Then, it was acquired by Mumford, who got renowned hot rod builder Roy Brizio to work on it. The roadster is equipped with a Ford flathead V8 engine with a rare Ardun overhead valve setup developed by the father of the Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov. Only eight sets of these heads were made, and two of them are owned by Mumford. Every part of the car was made before 1953, from its front axle from a 1937 Ford to its Kinmont brakes.
A total of 500 hot rods took part in this year’s Grand National Roadster Show. Other notable entrants included a 1932 Ford High Boy owned by executive vice president of Ford Jim Farley and a 1933 Ford that broke two speed records in Bonneville last year.