More than 10,000 hot rods and custom cars made their way to the Kentucky Expo Center for the 46th NSRA Street Rod Nationals last weekend. The event, which celebrated its 21styear in Louisville, brought cars and spectators from across the globe to take in row after row of vintage tin.
Although the week started with dark skies and rolling clouds, the temperatures stayed comfortable for the course of the four-day event. The Rodder’s Journal booth in the Expo Center’s South Wing was a popular destination, as people stopped by to hang out and browse new books and merchandise. Also in the booth was Tony Lombardi’s blown Olds-powered 1930 Ford Model A. The coupe shares a feature with three other similar Model As in the upcoming TRJ #67.
The Nats is one of our favorite shows because it gives us an opportunity to catch up with you—our readers. We enjoyed hearing about your latest projects, road trip adventures and feedback about the magazine. It’s always a great time seeing old friends and making new ones.
The NSRA Nationals doesn’t end when the fairgrounds close. Each night, the show continued at the host hotels while hundreds of hot rods cruised the main drag. We were lucky enough to run into Joe Bond of Olive Hill, Kentucky’s black 1934 Ford and Bill Sherman’s Peru, Illinois-based 1933 Ford several feet from our hotel’s door.
J.K. Rowell drove his lowered 1963 Oldsmobile 88 convertible to Louisville from Greenville, Indiana. Rowell is a member of the Obsolete Iron car club.
Cincy Street Rods member Bob Oney brought his raked 1940 Ford to this year’s Nats. Through the years, he and his fellow club members have logged thousands of miles in their hot rods throughout the U.S.
Despite its landlocked location, Louisville resident Rick Finn’s cut down 1948 Ford Wagon would have looked right at home on the beach with a couple of surfboards in the back. Finn is a member of the Louisville Street Rods car club.
There’s always a wide range of interesting cars at the NSRA Street Rod Nationals. This 1955 Rambler American features a straight-axle front end, radiused rear wheelwells and 1955 Chevrolet side trim. And it’s for sale!
Artist Darrell Mayabb racked up more than 200,000 miles in his 1936 Chevy sedan delivery before building his 1948 Thames panel. Mayabb hails from the Denver, Colorado, area.
Joe Earl made the trek to the Nats from Hamilton, Ohio, in his chopped and channeled 1933 Ford pickup.
Anthony Williams’ 1966 Riviera was decked out in full lowrider style. The Memphis, Indiana-based Buick was one of many tasteful ’60s cars cruising the fairgrounds.