The first annual Hot Rod Exposition, sponsored by the SCTA was held in 1948. The exhibit was presented in the National Guard Armory. It was Hot Roddings first big effort to present a positive image to the public. A big feature of the show was a door prize given at the end of the show. A team of Rodders led by Lou Baney, an active member of the Gophers, dissambled a junk '32 Ford roadster and proceded to rebuild it into a full out Hot Rod. The entire construction was done during the 3 day show. Here is some pics of what I believe to be the first "Door Prize" roadster. Everything was built on stage including paint, chrome and upholstery. Notice that the roadster was fitted with Kinmont brakes? With the success of the first show, the SCTA sponsored a Second Annual Hot Rod Exposition in 1949. Again held at the National Guard Armory but this time running for 9 days. To better the previous years accumplisment and with a whole 6 days more to fill it was decided to build not one but two '32 roadsters! Each roadster had its own team of reconstructors which consisted of Harvey Haller, Rulon McGregor and Bill Burke in one team with the other team consisting of Frank Breene, Lou Baney and Newell Durling. The roadsters were once again dis-assembled, repaired, painted and re-assembled as traditional '32 roadsters. One was painted Burple, a blue purple cross and the other orange. This picture shows #807B which was the first "Door Prize" roadster (Again notice the brakes). Nelson Morris who is standing with the car was the lucky winner of the roadster. The car ran 106.38 mph at its first lakes meet. Nelson belonged to the Dolphins car club. Getting back on topic the question still stands with what happen to these three roadsters? These three roadsters remind me heavily of the Ken Gross roadster (TRJ #14) in that he built a car that would have been the ultimate roadster for the late forties, early fifties. These three givaways must have been pretty darn close to the ultimate in '48 and '49.