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Street Rod Nationals bring thousands of people and millions of dollars to Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Street Rod Nationals are fuzzy dice, fancy colors, flames and old Fords.

“It’s candy apple red,” driver Doug Beath said.

“It’s like a family reunion with cars,” said Jim Rowlett Marketing Director for the National Street Rod Association.

The National Street Rod Association is in town until Sunday and about 30,000 people are coming from all over.

“It took us twelve hours," Beath said. "It's 967 kilometers."

Beath came from Canada. Charles Wagner and his wife Jean came from New Jersey. Wagner says his car is pretty, partly because it reminds him of his wife.

“We went together when she was 15 and I was 16. We used to date in this when I first bought it back in 1951,” Wagner said.

Wagner's street rod is one of many in the parade from Papa John’s Stadium to Fourth Street Live! on Wednesday and one of about 11,000 on display at the Kentucky Expo Center all weekend.

“It was a hot rod from day one,” Wagner said.

“This is the type of convention or event that's very visible,” said Doris Sims, Vice President of Services at the Louisville Visitors Bureau.

“If you have a regular teacher’s convention, you may not know they're here. But when the street rods come to town, you see them everywhere. They're in the restaurants, they're in the hotels, but the best place to see them is at the Kentucky Expo center.”

Those 11,000 cars are bringing about $13 million to our area from gas to restaurants to hotels.

“We hope the gas stations keep prices low,” Sims said.

“Approximately 7,000 rooms (are reserved) on peak nights through the region. Not just in Jefferson County, but southern Indiana, Elizabethtown, even Frankfort and Lexington,” Sims said. 

USA Today recently named this event one of the "top 10 car shows in the US" in its Readers' Choice for Best Car Shows. 

All NSRA activities are open to the public.

Tickets are $15 for adults (13 and older) and $6 for children (6 -12).

Children five and under are free when accompanied by an adult.


Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m
Friday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Click here to get connected to the National Street Rod Association.

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