Always one of the biggest events of the year, the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky is a must-go for folks in the hot rod industry. This year is no different, as more than 10,000 street rods poured into the fairgrounds for a weekend of the same stuff they did last year. With that in mind, it’s tough to find fresh, new cars to shoot, so the idea is to walk each and every isle to find the new stuff.
Since the NSRA opened up its limitations on model year, the show has improved in my opinion. It allows cars like this awesome Chevy II gasser into the show…even though it technically isn’t a street rod.
I’ve been going to the NSRA Street Rod Nationals South for as long as I can remember. It’s always held on the first weekend of May and it was once a happenin’ event with more than 4,000 cars in attendance. However, the crowd has dwindled as of late, due to a number of factors, including the age of the participants and their willingness to sit out in the sun (or rain) the entire weekend. Regardless of that, I still go because it’s a great place to find vehicles to photograph, whether it’s for my magazine side work or for use in Coker marketing materials.
The Saturday crowd ended up being pretty big…this picture was taken in the morning, but by mid afternoon, the fairgrounds looked packed as always.
I’ll start this blog by saying that I hate to take credit for something that was organized by a group of people, but I felt proud last Saturday, as the cars and people kept pouring into the Coker Tire and Honest Charley Cruise In. It was cool to see an event I organized succeed, even with a serious threat for rain in the forecast. With just a couple months of planning we were able to get nearly 500 cars, and well over 1,000 people to see what Coker Tire is all about. Obviously, I didn’t do it alone, as I had the entire Coker Marketing Department backing me, as well as co-workers like Eric Gullett, Joe Lombardo and many others who spent their Saturday working, instead of relaxing.
A couple weeks ago I made plans to attend the Dragstalgia event, held at I-40 Dragway in Crossville, Tennessee. I-40 is my “home track” if you will…I don’t actually race, but if I did, this is where I’d go. The Dragstalgia event is a nostalgia drag race, which brings in a bunch of cool gassers, altereds and hot rods. There was even a Kellison funny car in attendance. I decided to drive the Corvette to the show, even though temperatures were in the high 90’s with humidity nearing 10,000%. Yeah, 10,000.
Kellison funny car and Henry J getting ready to make a pass at I-40 Dragway