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39th Street Rod Nationals

Hot Rod Trucks Invade Lousiville, KY

39th Street Rod Nationals
Posted August 5 2008 05:04 PM by Bob Ryder 
Filed under: Editorials, Observations, Past Events, Opinions, Funny Stories, Classic Truck Trends

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There's a first time for everything. I attended my first NSRA Street Rod Nationals at Louisville, Kentucky.

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The NSRA Street Rod Nationals show in Louisville, KY is the big daddy of them all. I had always heard about the enormous event over the years but had never made the trip to witness it first hand.  My early morning flight from Orange County was delayed for an hour because a part was being delivered from L.A. I had a three-hour layover in Houston, then as I walked out ont the tarmac to board my assigned commuter jet I noticed the fuselage nose portion had some large scratches that were given a couple of quick coats of rattle can primer. Wow, a flyin'  "Hot Rod". After arriving at the Louiville International Airport after a three hour layover in Houston I retreived my bag, then checked out my rental car, a VW Jetta. Then I found out my hotel was across the Ohio river in Indiana, some 34-miles away. After getting some quick dinner at a Cracker Barell just off interstate 65, which would be my daily commute route to and from the hotel and show.

An early Thursday morning wake up call got me out of bed with a quick shower and continental breakfast. I found myself motoring south on Interstate 65 south towards Louisville. One thing I noticed about drivers from Indiana they sure do like to tailgate.
After arriving at the massive 400 acre Kentucky Expostition Center, I entered the Media gate and found the appropriate Media parking then checked in at the NSRA Media Center. The venue has an enormous main exhibition hall with multi wings that housed over 300 aftermarket vendors and selected custom vehicles on display in the lobbies.
There was an endless rainbow of colors that changed from day to day as the custom vehicles moved their locations. It took all four days to physically take in the show, my worn shoes and sweaty T-shirts can prove it.
A goodtime was had by all....

Bob Ryder

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