Photo Gallery: 2016 GNRS Grand National Roadster Show

Custom Motorcycles Gather at the Grand National Roadster Show in a Quest For Speed and America's Most Beautiful Motorcycle

2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
2016 GNRS
The Grand National Roadster Show is one of the world’s longest-running indoor custom car shows where the two most coveted awards are presented: America’s Most Beautiful Roadster and America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle.©Motorcyclist

Unlike many “Best Of…” awards that are handed out near the end of the calendar year, the America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle competition takes place in January, at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California, giving recipients and all those involved in building these incredible show pieces a full year’s worth of bragging rights.

2016 Grand National Roadster Show winner of America's Most Beautiful Motorcycle trophy
America's Most Beautiful Motorcycle
Andrew Ursich has been raking in the accolades with his Knucklehead-powered chopper called "Stardust." Ursich took home the GNRS trophy for 2016 America's Most Beautiful Motorcycle.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos, Honda NSR150SP
2001 Honda NSR150SP
Manufactured by Honda for the Asian markets, this clean NSR150SP is owned by Davidson Adler from Ventura, CA.©Motorcyclist

This year, two-wheeled GNRS entries fell into two groups: custom choppers and land-speed racers in the Quest For Speed section. While GNRS has long been known as a show for hot rodders, the number of motorcycle entries is one the rise. This year, Andrew Ursich and his Ursich Customs-built Knucklehead called “Stardust” won the trophy for America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle. Scroll through the photos to see the rest of GNRS 2016.

2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
1949 Harley-Davidson Panhead
If you rode a Schwinn Sting-Ray as a kid, you'll surely like Scott Stopnik's lemon yellow "Cycle-Ray". It's one of our favorites.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show, Valerie Thompson, Quest For Speed
Valerie Thompson 2012 BMW S1000RR
Seven-time land-speed record holder Valerie Thompson in the GNRS "Quest For Speed" display. She went 208mph to become a member of the Bonneville Salt Flats 200mph Red Hat Club.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos, chris rivas el mirage record holder
Chris Rivas V-Twin
Powered by an S&S T143ci engine with an Aerocharger turbo, Chris Rivas holds the SCTA El Mirage speed record at 217.843 mph.©Motorcyclist
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1963 BSA
Not your average Beezer, powered by a 350cc B40 single with custom paint by the owners Chilin and Tom Cunningham©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
1955 Harley-Davidson FL
Tom Foley's '55 FL was part of the Quest For Speed display in building 9 at GNRS.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
1969 Harley-Davidson
Johnny Lizarraga's '69 Shovelhead competing in the Land Speed Harley class.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
2014 Alp Triumph
The "fastest ever" 650cc pushrod engine, naturally aspirated, is owned by Alp Sungurtekin of Sun Valley, California.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
Ironwood Racing GSX-R1000
Ralph Hudson owns and rides this Suzuki-powered machine based on a 2003 GSX-R1000. How fast? It's gone 262.6 mph!©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos, taco minibike
Custom Minibikes
The 1969 Taco 22 on the left is owned by Ryan Rosen, and the '69 Bonanza BC 1500 belongs to Kevin Rosen.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
Anderson & Darbyshire Sidecar
Bill Anderson designed and built this land-speed sidecar powered by a 540cc supercharged Weslake pushrod engine. It currently holds six class records at Bonneville and two class records at El Mirage.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
1950 Harley-Davidson Panhead
Arie Vanschyndel's "El Panhead" nostalgia chopper.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
1950 Triumph Custom
This European custom features a T110, owned by Jeff Leighton.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
1999 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
This Evo-powered Softail bears little resemblance to the Motor Company's original '99 Fat Boy. This one is owned by Jonathan Schroder.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
1954 Harley-Davidson Panhead
Philippe Coquard spent more than 3,000 hours building his "Twisted Pan."©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
Modified 2007 Buell XBRR
With a top speed of 202.8 mph, Steve Huff and his factory road racer claim the title of world's fastest 80ci pushrod motorcycle.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
1999 Yamaha V-Star 1100
"The Vindicator" is a '99 Yamaha designed, built and painted by the owner, Martin Burnette of Spokane, Washington.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
1980 Harley-Davidson Sportster
Another Andrew Ursich creation.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead
Making the rounds of the Southern California chopper scene is Jason Webber's '51 Pan called "Booger Sugar."©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos
Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
If you made it out to Born Free 7, you know this 107ci Shovel owned by Oliver Jones.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos, choppers
1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead
This '48 Pan owned by Ryan Grossman falls in the Antique Custom class at GNRS.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos, choppers
1969 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
Another Oliver Jones entry is this Shovel that was the Mooneyes Pick at Born Free 7.©Motorcyclist
2016 Grand National Roadster Show photos, custom baggers
2005 Harley-Davidson Road King
Representing the custom baggers at GNRS is Jesse Sandoval and his late-model FLHR.©Motorcyclist