Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Grand National Roadster Show 2014

Last month Dave and I attended the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA.  This was my third year attending.  Dave is a true veteran of this show having lost count of how many times he has attended.  There were so many awesome cars on display this year and I just have to say that this was the motivation we needed to purchase our classic car for ourselves (1962 Cadillac).  Below are a few of my favorite pictures from the day.

Love those atomic hubcaps.

The Louis Vuitton seat fabric was so posh and totally picture worthy.

The Suede Palace.

It's pretty rare to see a white custom car.  I thought it really suited this car well with all the gold and red leather detailing.  Truly a fabulous car.

This Cadillac is what sold me on buying ours.  This car is killer!

This Roosevelt themed car was pretty amazing.  It's all original.

I love this emerald green!

Dave and his buddy Paul.

This car was interesting to say the least but the awesome tiki shack props fit perfectly!

Another favorite color of mine and Dave's!

Cutest car at the show!

This neon sign booth was a sight to behold.

Here's another cool photo with the crowds walking by.

This is the beautiful custom car that James Hetfield from the band Metallica had on display.

Dave and Paul doing some vintage shopping.

Paul petting the cutest doggie we saw at the show.  The poor thing was disabled and could not walk.  We made sure to give her some love.

Me and my sweetie!

We ended up stopping by Disneyland on the way home and took Paul to Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki bar.  He had never been and is now, like us, a big fan.  What a nice way to end the day.

Till' Next Time,


Monday, February 17, 2014

The Fairplex Garden Railroad

Last month Dave and I attended the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA.  This was now my third year attending with Dave.  That blog and the glory of photos will come later. This blog is to focus on my discovery at the Fairplex where the event is held.  I couldn't believe that I had passed up and walked past this amazing display for the past two years I've attended.  I'm talking about the Fairplex Garden Railroad which is possibly the coolest miniature railroad I have seen to date.  

At first sight, this area of the Fairplex looked like a gated garden.  After peeking over the gate I was surprised to see that it was miniature haven!  The garden was originally built in 1924 as an exhibit at the Los Angeles Fair.  The display continued to grow in size at exactly a half inch scale of the true sized objects it displays.  In 1935 it was moved to its current location.  It is operated and kept up by a very friendly staff of members of a local garden railroad club.  

I love the inside details as well!

The donut shop was however my absolute favorite display!

Cute little miniature graveyard.

Saloon with ladies ready and looking for "work".  

Just beautiful!!

The railroad is set up so that visitors may walk around the displays.

This classic car rail car was so appropriate for the days events.

After making Dave and his friend wait on my oohing, and ahhhing, and taking pictures of almost everything (it was so hard to decide on what pictures to share!), it was time to move on.  My interest in the railroad was not done however.  I found their website here showing their operating hours and a brief history......and....I came across this awesome video someone made of the railroad on youtube.

Make sure you check it out next time you visit the Fairplex.  I promise you will not be disappointed.  

Till' Next Time,