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Street Rods Return to Louisville!

Tuesday July 30, 2013

Nearly every make, model and style to be featured

The streets of Louisville will once again give the right-away to hundreds of brightly colored street rods and vintage automobiles as the city welcomes back the National Street Rod Association’s (NSRA) Annual Street Rod Nationals Plus, August 1 – 4, at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

This year’s gathering will mark the 44th anniversary of this popular summer ritual. Louisville has hosted the group for 19 years, with this year being the sixteenth consecutive year the city has put out the welcome mat. The group is contracted to meet in Louisville through 2020.

Recognized as one of the world’s largest automotive participation events, the Street Rod Nationals Plus will attract over 30,000 participants, and between 10,000 and 15,000 vintage cars for display. The cars include street rods, customs, muscle cars and special interest vehicles. In addition, vehicles from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s will be on display with the street rods. No other event in the world attracts the number and quality of specialty cars. Automobiles of nearly every make, model and style will be featured.

Vehicles in attendance range in value from $20,000.00 to $150,000.00 with the average being approximately $35,000.00. The total value of the street rods attending will be more than $385 million.

The annual show generates more than $13 million in economic impact to the local community.

Along with all the cars on display, the four-day event includes a trade show, arts and crafts fair, a vintage auto parts swap meet, entertainment on Friday and Saturday and an all-denomination church service on Sunday. This year’s event will once again include a special area called “Builder’s Showcase.” See cars built by the top professional rod shops in the country. It’s the first time all of these cars have been seen under one roof at the same time.

Famous car builder, Darryl Starbird, with over 100 custom auto creations to his credit, will be on hand to sign autographs and talk about his book and the” National Rod and Custom Hall of Fame Museum.”

All NSRA activities are open to the public. Tickets are $14 for adults (13 and older), $5 for children (6 – 12). Children five and under are free when accompanied by an adult. A special discounted $12.00 admission is available for military personnel with proper military identification, Kroger plus Cardholders, UPS employees with ID, NSRA members with a current membership card or anyone 60 years of age or older. Discounted tickets are available at KEC only. One discounted admission per person. Advance tickets are available at the Kentucky Exposition Center Box Office.

Hours are: Thurs., Aug. 1, 8am – 5pm, Fri., Aug. 2, 8am – 6pm, Sat., Aug. 3, 7am – 7pm, and Sun., Aug. 4, 8am – 3pm.

For more information, contact: Jim Rowlett, NSRA marketing director, (817) 581-9915 or visit