NSRA’s 51st Street Rod Nationals In Louisville, Kentucky

Enthusiasts have been searching for ways to enjoy their cars amid all of the recent regulations on socializing. Many show promoters have been working diligently to meet certain requirements while also offering opportunities for us all to enjoy our cars as a group. The National Street Rod Association just conducted their 51st NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky earlier this month, working hard to ensure the event was a safe and fun environment for all in attendance.

The varied body styles make walking the show area exciting. Although, there is a favored modern powerplant for swapping. Today's engines don't have a classic feel, but we liked the vintage touch on the Studebaker's air filter to give it a vintage vibe. We bet it's no longer an oil bath though!

The NSRA Nats was held from August 6-9, 2020 at the Kentucky Expo Center, and attendees were treated to awesome weather and show fields full of awesome cars and fun events throughout the weekend. One of the great aspects of the NSRA event is the ability to enjoy your car while at the event. Driving through the show and being able to come and go at your leisure opens up the sprawling event and your schedule to fit in all the fun.

The Builder's Showcase featured some awesome and creative craftsmanship. Builders created masterpieces from various makes and models and the Roger Berman-built '35 Ford took home the Elite Builder of The Year award.

Finding parts for your project is always one of the main reasons many attend NSRA events throughout the year. Take a stroll through the swap meet area and see some of the great goodies waiting to find a forever home on someone’s ride & joy!

Reportedly, over 7,000 cars convened on the venue, and there was plenty of rodding action both inside and outside the event gates. At the event, there were the usual vendors of both new and used parts, activities and entertainment throughout the weekend, and as with all NSRA events, there was an awesome prize pack which featured the 1932 Ford roadster that was built by the Show-Me State Rod & Custom shop in Nixa, Missouri. Phillip Hill of Crestwood, Kentucky was the lucky winner of the Darrell Mayabb-designed hot rod.

This year's Giveaway went to Phillip Hill of Crestwood, Kentucky as the lucky winner. Congratulations!

Next year’s giveaway car is already built- mostly! The team at 1 Off Rod & Custom has been chosen to build the next giveaway car, a 1932 Ford roadster pickup. They unveiled the car at this year’s Nats, and true to their name, they’ve opted to make next year’s prize a truly one-off experience.

What color would YOU choose for next year’s giveaway car? Go to 1 Off Rod & Custom’s Facebook page to cast YOUR vote!

They are giving enthusiasts an opportunity to choose the color for next year’s ride. You can head over to their Facebook page where they have a poll for enthusiasts to choose their favorite color. You can see the unveiling below, and be sure to check out the poll to help pick next year’s grand prize color!

While there was one underlying reason why many folks chose not to take-in the event first-hand, there were many other reasons to attend this event. One of the main reasons being the NSRA Nationals is an incredible place to check out some of the best-built hot rods and customs in the country. Builders compete for top honors in a variety of areas and attendees can gather ideas, as well as components, to use in their own rides. Speaking with many other enthusiasts about their builds also gives like-minded individuals solutions to challenges or ideas along the way.

The simplicity and attention to detail in this woody pickup is amazing. Did YOU ever think of using caning as an interior treatment? We like it!

Chad Adams’ work was deemed superior by Classic Instruments with his building of this 1932 Ford roadster in the Pro’s Pick category. You can take a walk around his AMBR contender below.

The NSRA events are always a family-friendly affair, and the automotive duo of Jack & Jax brought their video camera along for the ride around the fairgrounds during the event.

The grandfather/grandson team of Jack & Jax made for an interesting video of the event. Check out their other videos and you’ll see that the younger Jax is well on his way to an awesome automotive lifestyle!

Jack and his grandson, Jax, highlight some of the cars they see and take us for a ride around the fairgrounds in what we believe to be a ’34 Ford? Here is their video on the event, and also check out Jack & Jax’s other videos. We think you’ll agree that Jax has a bright future ahead of him!

Whether you attend events looking for parts to complete your ride or to simply get out and enjoy your ride, supporting event promoters by visiting their events can be a great way to shake off any cabin fever you might have and it also allows you to work on your tan lines! The folks at the NSRA have taken steps to ensure everyone was safe throughout the event and will be patiently waiting for the next opportunity to get out with their rides.

Of all the reasons to attend a car event, taking in the sights and sounds of machinery making its way around the grounds is by far, one of the most satisfying. With that in mind, take a few minutes to enjoy this short video of some of the cars leaving the event. It’s a great way to see all of the various cars in attendance, and hearing such a symphony of exhaust tunes rivals anything the radio waves have to offer.

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Andy Bolig

Andy has been intrigued by mechanical things all of his life and enjoys tinkering with cars of all makes and ages. Finding value in style points, he can appreciate cars of all power and performance levels. Andy is an avid railfan and gets his “high” by flying radio-controlled model airplanes when time permits. He keeps his feet firmly grounded by working on his two street rods and his supercharged C4 Corvette. Whether planes, trains, motorcycles, or automobiles, Andy has immersed himself in a world driven by internal combustion.
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