The month of August, named after the first Roman emperor Augustus Caesar, is notable for many things. Older farmers marked the beginning of August, which is traditionally known as Lammas Day, as the festival to mark the corn and wheat harvest. It also marks the end of the dog days of summer which officially end on August 11. August also signifies the return of the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) to Louisville, Kentucky, for the Street Rod Nationals.
This year marks the 52nd annual Street Rod Nationals and the 27th time the show will be staged in Louisville. This ain’t just a little show-and-shine either. Often called “the Big One” by NSRA members, the big kahuna event attracts between 10,000 and 15,000 street rods, kustoms, muscle cars, vintage automobiles, and special interest vehicles.
The National Street Rod Association is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, with members worldwide. Vehicles will be driven from all parts of the United States to make this a truly unique gathering of vintage automobiles featuring nearly every make, model and style. The Street Rod Nationals will include vehicles from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
New records in attendance are anticipated and everything is being done to ensure a top-notch event that will be enjoyable for all that attend. The giant outdoor car show will run from Thursday, August 5th, through Sunday, August 8th, and every day will be packed with things to do for both spectators and car owners.
Displays And Demonstrations
There will be displays and demonstrations to look at and over $300 million worth of vintage automobiles to see up close and enjoy from every angle. Each day offers something different, whether one comes to watch or participate. There will be several special ladies’ activities, which are non-automotive related. Several of the games have been designed just for the kids. The event is a family activity with something of interest for everyone.
The NSRA Street Rod Nationals has been called a “street rod fair” and as such, many manufacturers of specialty automobile equipment will annually participate by displaying their products. In addition, several technical seminars will be offered free of charge.
This year’s event will, once again, include a special area called “Builder’s Showcase” in the Grand Lobby and South Wing lobby’s A, B, and C. See cars built by the top professional rod shops in the country. It’s the first time all of these cars have ever been seen under one roof at the same time! Be sure and make time to go by, look at these fine works of art, and meet the builders.
There will also be a giant swap meet on the grounds featuring original vintage automotive parts and cars for sale or trade. There will be finished cars for sale as well, so anyone interested in buying or building a vintage vehicle should be able to find what they are looking for. The NSRA Street Rod Nationals is the premier event of the sport each year and is a must-see event for everyone interested in the old car hobby. Among the feature attractions will be the selection of the New Street Rod Products of the Year.
Awards are also given to the winners of a full schedule of games and contests. Special recognition awards include Long Distance – Continental United States and Long Distance – Outside Continental United States as well as Club and Association participation honors.
The Street Rod Nationals is four days of action-packed fun and it is an event that the automobile owners plan for all year. Many use their annual vacations to make the trip, driving the whole way, visiting attractions, and sightseeing along the way. This is one of the largest street rod participation event held anywhere in the world and it will be coming to Louisville. Mark your calendar and plan to attend on August 5, 6, 7, 8, 2021. It will be a super show you won’t soon forget.
For more information on this or other NSRA events, visit them online at www.nsra-usa.com.