August, 2016 -- It was vintage car weekend in Derby Town USA, as 11,000 classics rolled into Louisville, KY for the 47th National Street Rod Association Nationals. The Kentucky Exposition Center was filled with colorful classics 30 years or older. This year’s show featured the following: autocross action, drawing for a 1932 Ford Woodie giveaway street rod, Pro Builder showcase, guest appearance by Chip Foose, and a Winner Circle awards presentation to the best cars at the Louisville event.
The lobbies of the Harold Workman building were filled with invitational only vehicles built by recognized classic car customizers. A total of 30 street rods, custom trucks, and muscle cars were on display. Check out our slideshow of the cars and interviews with 7 of these Pro Builders.
Every year at the National event in Louisville, the NSRA gives away a high-end built street rod. The winner is drawn from a bin with all the names of those with registered vehicles at the show. To claim this prize, the owner must be present at the time the ticket is drawn and have his vehicle on the show field. The lucky winner of the 2016 Giveaway Car was was Johnny Patterson.
The giveaway car winner also won a model of the car, named "Buster" - a big one for his garage & a mini to set on his coffee table. Buster was built by Jeff Hobgood.
Gathered in Freedom Hall on the last day of the show were 47 vehicles selected by NSRA staff and professional builders that represented the best vehicles on the show field. Here are some of these award winning builds.
There was always a line of fans waiting to meet Chip for photos and autographs. Talk about a fast pen, his flash artwork and signature is amazing to watch.
With thousands of classic cars, either parked or cruising around the Kentucky Expo Center, as well as a stellar display of premier builds (which included both Great 8 cars and a Ridler winner) stationed around vendor booths, it was difficult to catch all the fantastic automotive sights. Here's a sampling of what we saw in 4 days of this street rod extravaganza.