The National Street Rod Association wrapped up its 39th Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, and Custom Classic Trucks was there to enjoy the festivities. With over 10,000 1948 and earlier vehicles in attendance it's interesting to note the 2008 NSRA Nats was the largest show CCT covered for the entire year. One of the first thoughts that came to mind as we walked around the massive show grounds was the unusually high number of panel trucks and sedan deliveries present in comparison to pickup trucks. This fact made it clear the street rodder's truck of choice is a sedan delivery or panel truck over a pickup. What makes this even more intriguing is the production numbers of panel trucks and deliveries produced throughout the years in comparison to pickups is just a mere fraction.
The style of vintage trucks present ranged from salmon- and fuchsia-colored billet-bombs with heartbeat graphics to freshly constructed "rat-rod" type stuff with faux patina shop truck signage and Sears ponchos for upholstery. One thing was for sure, and that's everyone is welcome at the NSRA Nats. Everyone got along and it was a great time. The '70s and '80's street-rod-style trucks we found still cruising around intact in the 21st century were a true living testimony that the quality is really there when it comes to aftermarket street-rod parts. The funny thing is, same as avocado shag carpet and Olds Fiesta hubcaps, the time will come when the billet-bombs will be as cool as they ever were, and we'll all have to go back to concealed hinges and high-tech-looking air cleaners.
Although the summer temps were in the triple digits and the humidity was as about as muggy as it can get, we were absolutely amazed at how good the air-conditioning in the Kentucky Exhibition Center was. It was a real treat to step inside the 110,000 square foot building and visit with vendors and friends in what has to be the best air-conditioning in the whole world.