The Tanimura-restored, Morris Brothers-built, SO-CAL Speed Shop roadster

Morris Bros. car

Remember when we showed you Dave Tanimura’s gennie SO-CAL Speedshop roadster (here)? Well, he left for Pomona, CA and the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show with it this morning. He and Rick Najera took off with a trailer in tow and are loading the car into the vintage race car building at the Pomona Fairplex as of this writing and he called to tell us the lineup is “bitchin.” That’s all we needed to hear.

What’s so great about this Morris Brothers-built, SO-CAL Speedshop roadster is not just that it campaigned and trophied in just about every style of racing available from the Forties through the Seventies, not just that it’s extremely well documented in magazines and historic photos and existing trophies and not just that Alex Xydias (founder of SO-CAL) remembers the car that he allowed the Morris brothers to paint in the legendary speed shop’s color scheme…

…no, the really big deal here is that Dave has proven that it’s possible to acquire such a car and restore it to its original glory simply by paying attention to details, respecting the history and taking the time to do it right. Well, the fact that he knows what he’s doing doesn’t hurt, either.

Dave chose the roadster’s Forties-era trim to bedazzle it in once more and we couldn’t dig on it harder. ‘Specially the soaped-on numbers –– just like olden tymes on the dry lakes, bro!

Stop by to see Dave and the car this weekend at the GNRS and chug a Diet Coors for us while you’re there.

UPDATE: Dave just sent in this shot from the floor of the GNRS:


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