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One of the highlight shows in the Midwest each year is the National Street Rod Association's Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Encompassing the Louisville Fairgrounds, the Street Rod Nationals has cars parked inside the building, parked on just about every square inch of the lawn surrounding the building, the parking lots, and wherever else you can park a car. Think about the scale: over 300 acres of land and over 10,000 vehicles on the property, all sitting pretty. Well, most of them...the NSRA Autocross had quite a few corner-carvers on-hand and there was plenty of treasure to hunt for in the swap meet. Maybe you felt like learning something while you were at the show, in which case you could pop in and catch a seminar on Thursday and Friday from manufacturers who were ready to help show you what they knew. But most everybody comes to see the gorgeous machines on the property, so continue reading...
This 1940 Ford F100, owned by Josh Binkley of Simpsonville, Ky., was a popular build among many of the attendees, with crowds gathering around the car multiple times throughout the day.
While there were several car haulers at the event, it’s hard to deny how cool this Winnebago hauler was. Unfortunately, we couldn’t see the car it was hauling since it was covered in anticipation of the incoming rain.
Sporting headlights from the 8th generation Cadillac DeVille, this 1947 Cadillac Sedan does a nice job of bridging the gap between modern and classic nicely while still retaining original front end proportions.
Even though it was raining on and off throughout the day, the event remained busy with cars that ranged in age from 30 years old and much older, offering a wide variety of vehicles to peruse.
Four cylinders in a Model A Ford is normal. Turbocharged four-cylinder Hondas in Model A hot-rod builds isn't normal, and might have annoyed some purists...but all you need to remember is that fast is fast. There's plenty of power on tap!
These vehicles were chosen by the judges as "Pro's Pick" cars. Classic Instruments sponsored this year's Pro's Pick category. Vehicles are chosen at each NSRA Divisional event and a finalist is awarded "Pro's Pick of the Year", with Dan Bouchard's 1958 Ford F-100 Pickup as this year's winner.