Saturday, August 15, 2009

Street Rod Nationals

By: Chuck Vranas

Last week was one for the record books! The National Street Rod Association’s ‘40th annual Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, welcomed 11,003 street rods into town (varying in years up through 1948). The combination of color, horsepower, and styles built into the rides made it one not to miss. The heat was in the high 80’s and 90’s with humidity near 100%, but that didn’t take away from the party on the asphalt. Everything from Flathead-powered traditionally built Deuce roadsters, to full-fendered cars of the 40’s, and event bitchin’ T-buckets made the scene. Inside, there were endless manufacturers showing off their latest parts, well known celebrities like Norm Grabowski meeting the crowds, and the Factory Five ’33 hot rod built by Dave Perewitz and his team on display in the Street Rodder Magazine booth along side their Road Tour Chevy. The Perewitz hot rod was surrounded by fans most of the weekend and it wasn’t till early Sunday morning when we were able to get a clean shot of it in the booth. If you’ve never experienced the adrenalin rush of the Street Rod Nationals, its one to mark your calendars for in 2010!

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