NSRA Nats South Car Show

NSRA Nats South Car Show

The  street  rodding  season  in  Tennessee  kicked  off  with  a  bang  May  6th  with  Lokar’s  open  house  at  their  new  facility.  The weather  didn’t  want  to  corporate  but  did  provide  enough  breaks  in  the  rain  for  everyone  to  have  a  large  time.  Once  the  rain  moved  out, it  was  gone  for  the  rest  of  the  weekend  and  Spring  colors  were  abundant.  The  Tennessee  hills  were  rolling  with  bright  yellow,  red,  black  and  chrome.

Just  something  about  getting  up  early,  wiping  the  dew  off  the  hot  rod  while  the  smell  of  coffee  and  the  rumbling  well  tuned  engines  filling  the  air  gets  my  blood  pumping.  Memories  of  past  rod  runs  and  road  trips  reinvigorates  me  and  makes  me  as  excited  as  I  was  at  my  very  first  Rod  Runs  years  ago. 

The  Marriott  on  Summit  hill  was  once  again  host  motel  and  location  for  registration.  To  help  with  traffic  and  the  Lokar  open  house,  registration  opened  an  hour  earlier  than  usual  and  really  helped.  Thanks  to  the  Volunteer  Street  Rod  Association  (Host  Club),  they  got  everyone  in  and  out  in  record  time.

Chilhowee  Park  and  Expo  Center  once  again  provided  the  perfect  venue  for  the  42nd  annual  Nats  South.  Plenty  of  parking,  vendor  spaces  and  most  of  all,  a  great  area  to  cruise  around  the  lake,  up  on  the  hills,  through  the  tunnel  and  around  the  bandstand  pavilion.  I  personally  can’t  imagine  Spring  without  this  weekend  in  Knoxville,  filled  with  my  friends,  (bacon  egg  and  cheese  sandwiches cooked  fresh  beside  the  lake)  and  an  early  morning  stroll  through  the  swap  meet  followed  by  the  rooster  call  via  Wings  Kalahan.

Friday  night  NSRA  hosted  a  party  in  the  Marriott  ballroom  with  Saxophone  Jack  &  Friends  and  Saturday  night  the  Volunteer  Street  Rod  Association  once  again  hosted  a  hospitality  party  with  free  Bar-B-Q  at  the  fairgrounds.  Special  “Streets  of  Rods”  area  this  year  were,  “29  Below,  Be  Bop  Boulevard,  Fabulous  Forties  and  Kustoms  Korner”.  The  NSRA  safety  team  were  both  set  up  for  inspections   and  roaming  the  fairgrounds  for  those  that  didn’t  want  to  leave  their  parking  spot.  The  Michigan  Street  Rod  Association  were  there  in  force  again  to  help  those  rodders  with  mechanical  needs  and  Central  Florida  Street  Rod  Association  and  Midnight  Rodders  provided    games  for  the  young  and  old  alike  Saturday  for  a  couple  of  hours  of  fun  for  everyone. 

Without  a  doubt,  I’m  making  plans  now  to  return  to  the  43rd  annual  the  first  weekend  in  May  2017.  I  hope  you’ll  be  there,  Cruisin’  in  Style!

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