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 eligible 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:
Here's just some of what we saw.
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.
|Award||Vehicle||Owner (O)/Builder (B)|
|Builder of the Year Award||1936 Ford Roadster||Boesch Auto Body (B)|
|Pros' Pick of the Year||1941 Willys||Chris and Mary Merrifield (O)|
|Giveaway Car||1932 Ford Victoria||Charlie Senn (O)|
More details about the 2018 NSRA award winners are below.
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.
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.
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.
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!