Over 11,000 Street Rods in Louisville for Street Rod Nationals August 2-5
My intent for this article is to give you an overview of this annual event. It applies more to those who have not attended than to veteran street rodders and fans. A gallery of more than two hundred photos provides additional insight into this special event.
Louisville area residents look forward to seeing the street rods during this annual four-day show. They are everywhere! The brightly colored rods are seen as they come into and leave the area, at local restaurants and motels and when driving around town. They attract a lot of attention.
There were plenty of street rods to see this year as the official registration count was 11,464. Several large parking areas were covered with street rods on display. Others cruised the streets of the Kentucky Exposition Center.
By my “unofficial estimate,” there were 15,000 people in Freedom Hall for the annual drawing to win the top participant prize of a turn-key street rod. Jim and Linda Hand won the beautiful 1933 Redneck Ford Cabster built by Street Rods by Michael of Shelbyville, Tennessee. Michael Young and his staff documented the cabster’s development in twenty-two pages of photos viewable at www.srbymichael.com. There you’ll see all the craftsmanship and work that goes into a high quality street rod.
Street Rods by Michael is one of the elite professional, award winning builders selected as Builders’ Showcase Exhibitors for this year’s show. Their cars were featured in a special lobby exhibit named the “NSRA Street Rod Nationals Builders’ Showcase.” Those car builders are: Steve’s Auto Restoration, Pete’s Fabrications, Hercules Motor Car Company, Alloways Hot Rod Shop, Tolle Road Customs, Blewett’s Rod Shop, Bad Boys By Troy, Hot Rod Haven, Scott’s Hotrods ‘n Customs, The Hot Rod Garage, Legens Hot Rod Shop, Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop, Posies Rods and Customs, Lobeck’s V8 Shop, Posies Rods and Customs, T & T Customs, The Roadster Shop, Scott’s Hotrods ‘n Customs and Lobeck’s V8 Shop.
A lot of people, including myself, have wondered just what makes a vehicle a Street Rod. Some look like earlier cars. Others do not. Fortunately, NSRA answers the question for us in the NSRA Information Guide:
“A street rod is a vehicle, manufactured prior to 1949, that has been modified for travel on today’s highways. Most will have all the creature comforts of the latest cars from Detroit. These include but are not limited to, air conditioning, stereos, power steering, cruise control, power brakes, late model suspension, and new engines and driveline components. They are not designed as racing cars, but are rather designed and built for reliable street and highway transportation. The average value of the cars ranges from $18,000 to $35,000. There are, however, cars that will exceed the $100,000 mark as more technology is being incorporated.
“The design and presentation of each vehicle is limited only to the imagination of the owner or builder. The use of multi-colored paint schemes, chrome plated engine components and accessories, state of the art wheel, exotic stereos and luxurious interiors are just one of the things that make each vehicle unique.”
Now we understand why both the original looking 1939 Chevrolet Coupe and Michael Young’s 1933 Redneck Ford Cabster are street rods!
Click on http://www.nsra-usa.com from time to time for more coverage of award winners, etc. from the Nationals and for NSRA news and upcoming events.
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Ron Singleton, LuvRacin.com, r.singleton