As the outdoor auto show season begins to wind down, it’s time to reflect upon some of the year’s big NSRA winners from regional events, with Kalamazoo, Michigan serving as the parking pad for today’s focus.
With Classic Instruments of Boyne City, Michigan sponsoring the “2018 Street Rod Nationals North” event, as well as providing some of the nation’s most prestigious hot rod awards, a deluge of classic builds and fresh sleds descended upon the western portion of America’s favorite mitten, making this year’s event a “Pure Michigan” experience like no other.
Held over the weekend of September 7th-9th at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, this sprawling event featured over 2,500 street rods, customs, muscle cars and street machines, earmarking it as the city’s largest vintage car show. 2018 also marks the 32nd year that the NSRA’s Street Rod Nationals North event has been held in Kalamazoo, and with the number of participants and spectators growing every year, the meet shows little sign of slowing down in forthcoming years.
The event has gotten so large, that almost all of the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds now has to be utilized, as well as many of the surrounding buildings, which lodge the vast majority of the manufacturer and dealer displays, as well as vendors and various other side distractions.
There also was a massive swap meet and what the NSRA refers to as “Women’s World,” where exhibitors where items that are female-focused take center stage, further proving that rod culture is just as popular with the ladies as it is with their guys.
As for this year’s big winners, carefully combing over a lot that had been packed with literally thousands of rods and customs was no easy task, but a selection of five top “Pro’s Pick” winners eventually emerged on top, with three of the big winners being of GM stock and from the 1930s.
Much like any other NSRA event, Classic Instruments was put to task in the selection and presentation of the esteemed “Pro’s Pick” awards, trophies that are meant to be taken home, and that the brand says were designed and produced to “look great in anyone’s trophy collection.”
This year’s top five NSRA Street Rod Nationals North “Pro’s Pick” winners are:
George Robertson – Battle Creek, MI – 1938 Buick Sedan
Wade Stoyanoff – Kalamazoo, MI – 1961 Chevrolet Impala
Ed Velasco – Highland, IN – 1972 Ford Maverick
Harry Lalagos -Addison, IL – 1938 Buick
Don Warren – Byron Center, MI- 1935 Chevrolet
As for Classic Instruments and its role in all of this, well, that’s a diatribe best saved for a later date. Hell, we could write a full 400-page biography on the brand and we wouldn’t even have begun to come close to scratching the surface. So here’s the abbreviated version…
For the better part of the past 40 years this Michigan-based restomod specialist has been leading the electrical side of the hot rod industry with revolutionary gauge cluster-oriented products in a dizzying array of gorgeously crafted classic styles, all 100% made right here in America.
There’s a reason why to this day Classic Instruments retains the exclusive right to claim that it is, “…the first and only manufacturer to combine all-electrical instrumentation and micro-chip technology with the finest quality, accuracy, and vintage styling available at any price.”