Hot Rods, Street Rods, Customs, Resto-Mods and Muscle Cars from all over the world had been eagerly awaiting the 50th Annual Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky since the close of last years nationals. Held 1-August to 4-August this particular event was filled with a nostalgic look back at past Nationals, all while enjoying the best the NSRA or the National Street Rod Association has to offer.
The 1.3 Million square foot Kentucky Exposition Center served as a place for new after market parts suppliers to display their best.
Lokar Performance parts were on hand to answer any questions people had about their wide array of parts.
ABOVE: 3M, ARP and Detroit Speed booths.
ABOVE: HASS was in attendence with some of their advanced, portable milling machines and one super slick, custom, '41 Ford coupe.
ABOVE: Kwik Wire had this very clean looking wiring harness display.
ABOVE: March Performance, Meguiars, Miller Welders and Mothers booths.
ABOVE: Prestone booth and truck, Ridetech, Speedway Motors and Stewart-Warner gauges.
ABOVE: The UPS Show Truck
A few vendors, like Factory Five and Alloway's Rod Shop, preferred to set up outside:
In addition to the above vendors and Rod Shops, several hundred more were in attendance.
Street Rodder Magazine Display Cars
To help celebrate the Silver anniversary of the Nationals, Street Rodder magazine had a display of several historical cars that had made their way into the magazines pages and to the Nationals.
Past Giveaway Cars
Since 1978 the NSRA has given away a car at every Street Rod Nationals event. A special place is always set aside for these cars to be displayed at the show.
50th Annual Display
To showcase the history of the event the NSRA asked members to bring memorabilia from past shows. Here is just a small part of what was on display.
Here's the part where I shut up and show you guys the goods!
One Great Show!
For half a century the National Street Rod Association has held one extremely important car show. The NSRA, and the Street Rod Nationals, helped early after market parts manufactures and sellers, by providing those businesses with multiple outlets for selling their parts and services. We wouldn't have such a diverse aftermarket if it hadn't been for the NSRA and the Street Rod Nationals. That's a great legacy and the NSRA is right to be proud of it. I'm looking forward to the next 50 years, what a ride it's going to be!
Keep on Cruisin'!
About the Author:
"Chris Breeden is a Social Media content creator for Custom & Hot Rod Life on DRIVETRIBE, YouTube and Facebook. After spending 5 years in Southern California, a.k.a. Hot Rod Heaven, while serving as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, he moved back home to Tennessee with an even greater love for Hot Rodded Vintage Tin. Since then he has worked in retail sales and the transportation and logistics industry. In 2018, seeing a gap in Hot Rod and Custom Car coverage on DRIVETRIBE, Chris began advocating for their inclusion on the platform. During the summer months, he can be found all over the Tennessee region covering car shows, meets, and cruise-ins. During the winter months, he can be found in the garage working on his custom 1949 Ford two-door sedan and 1954 F100 truck."