Over 10,000 Vintage Cars Heading for City Streets
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 24, 2019) – Louisville will once again roll out the red carpet 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, August 1 – 4, at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC). This year’s gathering will mark the 50h anniversary of this popular summer ritual. Louisville has hosted the group for 25 of the 50 years, with this year being the twenty-second consecutive year the city has put out the welcome mat. The annual show generates more than $15 million in economic impact to the local community.
Recognized as one of the world’s largest automotive participation events, the Street Rod Nationals will attract over 30,000 participants, and between 10,000 and 11,000 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 to $150,000 with the average being approximately $35,000. The total value of the street rods attending will be more than $350 million. All of the street rods, custom and classic cars will be on display for public viewing.
Along with all the cars on display, the four-day event includes product seminars, 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” displaying 40 cars built by the top professional rod shops in the country. The Showcase offers a rare opportunity to see these vehicles under one roof at the same time.
A special guest at this year’s Nationals will be famed collector and car restorer Carl Casper, who will be on hand to sign autographs and book copies all four show days. Friday and Saturday at booths 307-308.
Caribou, a local Louisville band, along with John Elefante (formerly of Kansas) with Sixwire are the 7pm Friday night entertainment with JD Shelburne performing on Saturday afternoon at 2:30m. These music performances are held at Freedom Hall with Sunday Drive performing Southern Gospel Music during the church service on Sunday morning.
A “Circle of Winners” will be featured on the grounds Sunday at 1pm, with 48 ‘Outstanding Vehicles’ from the 49th NSRA on display.
All NSRA activities are open to the public. Tickets are $19 for adults (13 and older), $6 for children (6 – 12). Children five and under are free when accompanied by an adult. A special discounted $15.00 admission is available for military personnel with proper military identification, NSRA members with a current membership card or anyone 60 years of age or older. One discounted admission per person. Discount tickets are on sale at O’Reilly Auto Parts and will be available during the event at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Advance tickets are available at the Kentucky Exposition Center Box Office.
Hours are: Thurs., Aug 1, 8am – 5pm, Fri., Aug. 2, 8am – 7pm, Sat., Aug. 3, 7am – 7pm, and Sun., Aug. 4, 8am – 1pm.