2016 NSRA Nationals Louisville

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.


Builders' Showcase


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.


1973 Plymouth Cuda 1965 Corvette 1950 Cadillac 4 Door 1953 Dodge Pickup 1955 Chevy Nomad 1952 International Pickup 1934 Ford Fordor Sedan 1931 Ford Roadster 1933 Speedster 1934 2 Door Hercules Woodie
Video interviews with 7 Street Rod Builders






2016 NSRA Nationals Louisville Giveaway Car


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.


Winner, Johnny Patterson 1932 Ford Woodie


Go Buster!


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.


Mini Model of 1932 Ford Woodie, named 'Buster' and builder, Jeff Hobgood


Autocross Action
Corvette on Track Fastest Vehicle, Older than 1949 Faster Vehicle, Newer than 1948 Heading to the Track Camaro on the Track Corvette on the Track Mustang on the Track Truck on the Track


Winner's Circle


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.


The Winners Circle 1958 Chevy Impala, Long Distance Award Winner - Driven 2,315 Miles 1956 Chevy, Oustanding Color Pick 1955 Pontiac, Safari West Central Rep. Pick 1955 Ford F1, Pros Pick 1946 Ford Woodie, UPS Commercial Way Pick 1941 Willys, Pros Pick 1939 Plymouth Coupe South Central Safety Pick 1929 Chevy Delivery Van, Pros Pick 1936 Ford Roadster North Central Rep. Pick 1933 Dodge Delivery Van Mopar Country Pick 1932 Ford Hi Boy, Pros Pick 1932 Ford Roadster, Pros Pick 1932 Chevy Coupe, Northwest Safety Pick


Chip Foose is in the House


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.



More Cool Rides at 2016 NSRA Nationals in Louisville


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.