Last weekend hot rods, customs, and all manner of street machines rumbled into Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center for the NSRA Street Rod Nationals. The weather was unseasonably mild and sunny all weekend, which no doubt contributed to the incredible field of over 10,00 cars and trucks that filled the fairgrounds for the four-day event.

Shown here are a '32 Chevy and a '40 Ford Deluxe cruising through the gates of the Expo Center Fairgrounds in Louisville, Kentucky. NSRA officials report that 10,035 cars attended this year's Street Rod Nats.

Shown here are a ’32 Chevy and a ’40 Ford Deluxe cruising through the gates of the Expo Center Fairgrounds in Louisville, Kentucky. NSRA officials report that 10,035 cars attended this year’s Street Rod Nats.

 

Last weekend hot rods, customs, and all manner of street machines rumbled into Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center for the NSRA Street Rod Nationals. The weather was unseasonably mild and sunny all weekend, which no doubt contributed to the incredible field of over 10,00 cars and trucks that filled the fairgrounds for the four-day event.

Denny Jamison brought his traditionally appointed ’29 Model A Tudor tub on Deuce rails from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Denny Jamison brought his traditionally appointed ’29 Model A Tudor tub on Deuce rails from Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

Now in its 44th year (and its 19th in Louisville), it’s great to see how the event has grown and evolved since its homegrown beginnings in Peoria, Illinois, back in 1970. Equally amazing is the number of people and cars from the first show that are still involved in the hobby and attend the Nats every year. If you’ve never been to Louisville, it’s an event you don’t want to miss. Everything from original survivor hot rods to brand new rod and custom projects to restored (or simply unearthed) competition cars are on display, cruising the fairgrounds and shaking windows as they rumble through the streets of Louisville.

We liked the “no frills driver” appeal of Steve Williams’ lowered, primered ’40 Ford pickup from Pittsboro, Indiana.

We liked the “no frills driver” appeal of Steve Williams’ lowered, primered ’40 Ford pickup from Pittsboro, Indiana.

 

We wanted to share a sampling of what we saw at the show, and we also wanted to commend the team at the NSRA. Year after year their events deliver something for everyone, and we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the TRJ booth to say hello, check out the latest magazines and merchandise, and get a closer look at Jack Stirnemann’s twin-turbocharged flathead-powered ’34 Ford three-window, which is on the cover of TRJ #60. We appreciate the effort the Stirnemanns made to get their phenomenal coupe to Louisville to be included in our display.

Ty and Linda Tupper brought their racy ’33 Ford roadster over the border from Aurora, Ontario, Canada.

Ty and Linda Tupper brought their racy ’33 Ford roadster over the border from Aurora, Ontario, Canada.

 

Some cars don’t need much more than straight bodywork and mild lowering, like Tony Pease’s Dyersburg, Tennessee-based ’57 Olds.

Some cars don’t need much more than straight bodywork and mild lowering, like Tony Pease’s Dyersburg, Tennessee-based ’57 Olds.

 

One of the more radical hot rods of the weekend was Larry Tucker’s Elizabethtown, Kentucky-based channeled ’34 Ford pickup with a 3x2-fed, blown big block Chevy.

One of the more radical hot rods of the weekend was Larry Tucker’s Elizabethtown, Kentucky-based channeled ’34 Ford pickup with a 3×2-fed, blown big block Chevy.

 

Bill Orndoff of Markleysburg, Pennsylvania, incorporated unique sculpted scoops on the solid hood sides of his chopped, raked Deuce three-window.

Bill Orndoff of Markleysburg, Pennsylvania, incorporated unique sculpted scoops on the solid hood sides of his chopped, raked Deuce three-window.

 

We liked the muted, almost utilitarian color of Greg Lewis' fenderless, chopped '30 Model A coupe. Unfortunately we didn't catch the owner of the clean '55 Chevy behind the coupe.

We liked the muted, almost utilitarian color of Greg Lewis’ fenderless, chopped ’30 Model A coupe. Unfortunately we didn’t catch the owner of the clean ’55 Chevy behind the coupe.

 

Mike Pretorius brought his subtle, raked ’34 Ford five-window coupe from Wabash, Indiana.

Mike Pretorius brought his subtle, raked ’34 Ford five-window coupe from Wabash, Indiana.

 

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