LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The streets of Louisville will be flooded with street rods this week. 

The 49th annual Street Rod Nationals conference kicked off Wednesday morning with a parade from Cardinal Stadium to 4th Street Live. It continues through Sunday. The event brings more than 11,000 vintage cars and an estimated 30,000 people to the city. 

They’re expected to spend about $16.5 million at local businesses, including hotels and restaurants during the conference.


The conference, sponsored by the National Street Rod Association, will include vintage vehicles from the 50s, 60s, 70s and most of the 80s. They will be parked around the Kentucky Exposition Center through the weekend.  

The "Builder's Showcase" in the Grand Lobby and the South Wing features cars built by some of the top professional rod shops in the country.

Even though the event is at the fairgrounds, officials say residents can expect to see the cars on the roads. 

"I think there's just a genuine interest here in Louisville," said Roseann Martin with Louisville Tourism. "We are very easy to get around, so they can drive their cars. You see them all the time on the roads, not just to and from the center, so I think the city itself and the way we are laid out just really allows them to showcase their cars."

The event will feature a vintage auto parts swap meet, an arts and crafts fair and visits from automotive celebrities. 

Admission is $17 for adults 13 and older, and $6 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 5 years old will be admitted for free. 

Hours are below:

  • Thursday, August 2nd - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Friday, August 3rd - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Saturday, August 4th - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Sunday, August 5th - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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