2018 National Street Rod Association Nationals, Louisville


 

August 6, 2018 -- “More horsepower than the Spring Meet at Churchill Downs” is the perfect way to describe the NSRA Nationals at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville.  This was the 49th year of the Nationals, and as a testament to the popularity of their summer event, the Street Rod Association has already committed to extend their contract to 2025.  So, the cars will keep on rolling into Louisville for years to come, especially next year as the show celebrates its golden anniversary.   This year's show was certainly huge, with 10,190 vehicles registered, and there is already talk that 2019 will break the all-time record of over 13,000, which was established during the 25th anniversary.  Those attendees next year will also be edible for not just one give-a-way car, but two vehicles, one a hot rod and a second, a muscle car.  Besides thousands of vehicles, other features of this four-day event were:

  • Builders Showcase,
  • Drawing for the 2018 Giveaway Car,
  • Vintage Auto Parts Swap Meet,
  • Indoor Auto Manufacturers Show,
  • Free Seminars,
  • StreetKhana (Autocross - NSRA Style)

Here's just some of what we saw.

This is roughly 1/2 of the outdoor show field at the NSRA Nationals.  It's big!

 

With a show this large the only way to see it all is either cruisin’ the field in your hot rod or by other motorized means. This is where some guys get really creative!

 

Builders' Showcase

The Builders' Showcase has been one of the highlights of the NSRA Nationals in Louisville for the past 12 years.   This year, the Showcase featured more than 30 vehicles that demonstrate the builders' cutting edge creativity and attention to style and detail.   Here are some of the Top Builds.

Builders Showcase 1927 Ford Roadster 1956 Chevy Belair 1947 Cadillac Series 62 1934 Ford Pickup 1962 Corvette 1965 Dodge Dart 1966 Dodge Charger 1941 Willys 1936 Ford Roadster 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe 1956 Continental MK II

 

'66 Dodge Super Charger
Builder: Garret's Rod Shop
Owner: John McConnell

'41 Willys
Builder: Hot Rod Specialties
Owner: Jon Brissman

'62 Corvette
Builder: B Rod or Custom
Owner: Joe Spano

'47 Cadillac
Builder: Gas Axe Garage
Owner: Kevin Anderson

'66 Dodge Super Charger
Builder: Garret's Rod Shop
Owner: John Mcconnell

'41 Willys
Builder: Hot Rod Specialties
Owner: Jon Brissman

'62 Corvette
Builder: B Rod or Custom
Owner: Joe Spano

'47 Cadillac
Builder: Gas Axe Garage
Owner: Kevin Anderson

 

2018 NSRA Builder of the Year Award

Builders in the Showcase voted for the Top Build of the competition.   The only stipulation was that they couldn't vote for themselves!   The winner of this year's Builder of the Year award was Boesch Auto Body for a 1936 Ford Roadster.

1936 Ford Roadster - Builder: Boesch Auto Body, Owner: Dana & Marge Elrod

 

 

2018 NSRA Pros' Pick of the Year

From 10 NSRA events, 57 cars were awarded the honor of being a "Pros’ Pick."   From these 57, one from each event became a finalist, and then from the 10 finalists a winner was chosen.   The 2018 Pros’ Pick of the Year was awarded to Chris and Mary Merrifield for their 1941 Willys, dubbed Swoopster.

1941 Willys, Owner: Chris & Mary Merrifield

 

2018 Giveaway Car

This year's giveaway car, a 1932 Ford Victoria, was built by Waycool Customs.   The winner of this state-of-the-art "Vicky" was Charlie Senn of Louisville, KY.

Charlie Senn Wins 1932 Ford Victoria 1932 Ford Victoria

 

Winners Circle
Winners Circle 1965 Mustang, ISCA Pick 1928 Ford Delivery, Longest Distance - 2000+ Miles 1932 Ford Coupe, Pro's Pick 1932 Ford, Outstanding Use of Color 1932 Ford, ISCA Pick 1936 Ford Roadster, Pros' Pick 1932 Ford, Pros' Pick 1937 Ford Woodie, Pros' Pick 1936 Packard Coupe, Southeast Division Safety 1938 Ford Roadster, StreetKhana Quickest Pre-49 1937 Plymouth, Mopar Country 1939 Chevy, West Central Division Safety 1947 Ford Woodie Convertible, Pros' Pick 1939 Ford Pickup, South Central Division Representative 1949 Diamond T Model 306, UPS Commercial Way 1948 Ford Anglia, Outstanding Use of Color 1962 Ford Galaxie XL, Pros' Pick 1956 Ford Victoria, Pros' Pick 1965 Chevy C10, UPS Commercial Way 1964 Corvette, Pros' Pick 1965 Pontiac Tempest StreetKhana, Quickest Vendor Class

 

Surf Seeker -- Ron Berry's Custom VW Bus

Ron Berry was at the NSRA Nationals in Louisville this weekend displaying his wildly popular creation.   Listen to this designer/fabricator/visionary talk about "Surf Seeker."  This VW Bus was built from scratch, containing virtually no original components from the iconic van of the ‘60s.  Also it is hard to believe but it is not an optical illusion!

 

 

Other Eyecatching Cars