By now most of you are aware that the National Street Rod Association has expanded its 2005 event listing by two. The two new events at first glance appear to be more of a proven winning program--the NSRA Regional Nationals. And it is, but there is more, so look closely.
For starters the first of the two new events will be housed at the Wisconsin State Fair Park over the July 15-17 weekend in Milwaukee and titled the NSRA Milwaukee Nationals. But did you know that this is also the fair park that is home to some famous racing? The Milwaukee Mile oval at Wisconsin State Fair Park is one of the oldest operating major auto race tracks in the nation--home to CART, IRL, and the NASCAR Busch and Truck series.
Originally the Wisconsin State Fair Park was a horseracing track that was on a farm owned by a George Stevens. In 1891 the Agricultural Society of Wisconsin, with the intention of using the land as a permanent site for the Wisconsin State Fair, purchased it. Along comes the car, and in 1903 the organizers of the State Fair decided that they would use the facility for car races. The first race is known for a rather dubious happening: a fatal accident took the life of Frank Daly when he crashed in his Arrow. Interestingly, someone who should be well known to rodders everywhere owned that car--Henry Ford.
The second of the new events will be housed at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Virginia over the August 26-28 weekend and titled the NSRA Richmond Nationals. The Richmond Raceway Complex is comprised of an 800-acre, multi-purpose facility that is home to Richmond International Raceway. The site has permanent buildings with more than 300,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space. The complex is located just minutes from downtown Richmond, and near major highways, including I95, I-64 and I-295.
Well, the best info is yet to come. Yes, you can bring your pre-'49 street rod to either event and will be welcomed with open arms. But should you find yourself owning a later model car (custom, street machine or musclecar) through 1975, you are also welcome! Bet you didn't see that coming? Or did you? According to the NSRA, "The two new NSRA events will have a 30-year sliding scale eligibility requirement, resulting in an additional model year being added each year."
This editor is excited about the "growth" of these NSRA events as it should prove even more entertaining to see all those various makes and models side by side. (This broadening of the year cutoff, however, is restricted to these two events and does not impact the existing 11 NSRA events already on the calendar.)If you want more info on these and the other NSRA events, your best bet is to call the NSRA at (901) 452-4030 or visit its web site at www.nsra-usa.com.Since we are on the topic of events there is something afoot at the Goodguys as well. This coming summer you can count on a 24-event schedule, which includes two new events. The first will be the 1st Great American Rod & Custom Nationals, May 20-22, at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and the 1st Northwest Nostalgia Nationals Vintage Drags, to be held September 3-4 at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington.
While I would like to elaborate more on what I am about to say, I can't. I can tell you that there is something special in the wind which will occur this summer and includes ending up in Columbus, Ohio, at the 8th Goodguys Nationals, July 8-10, at Ohio Expo Center. (In 2004 the 7th Goodguys Nationals attracted over 6,000 1972 and earlier entries, making it the largest event in Goodguys' history.)
Should you find yourself wanting to attend the Goodguys Nats in July, stay tuned, as there will be some great news coming forth and you just may want to be part of it! For more information, please call Goodguys at (925) 838-9876 or visit www.good-guys.com.