The National Street Rod Association wrapped up its thirty-ninth Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. If you are old enough (or listened to your parents) you should have an idea who Jack Benny was; the legendary comedian, vaudevillian, and actor was always telling everyone he was thirty-nine years old. Although he had many more birthdays, he believed that was his prime. The largest rod run in the country, the NSRA Nationals, celebrated its 39th birthday, and while we hope there will be many more, we too believe it is in its prime.

The Kentucky Exposition Center was fully operational for this year's event. The 331 Nats exhibitors (including manufacturers, Women's World, Food Court, etc.) were inside (940,000 sq. ft. used), where there was plenty of air conditioning and foot traffic to make all giddy with excitement. And for those who can only "do with" true vintage tin, add another 200-plus swap spaces and any rodder worth his skinned knuckles was thoroughly excited. We should also point out that the Granddaddy of rod runs attracted a reported 10,711 street rods, which neatly filled the 520 acres (the 7th largest facility of its kind in the U.S.). It's the Nats, and everything is on a grand scale.

The Nats are all about cars and car stuff. Let's move away from the written word and take a look at what the staff of Street Rodder brought home via the camera. There was a lot to see and this is just a sampling. For even more photos of the NSRA Nats go to the SR website (www.streetroodderweb.com) and really get a feel for what was there.

The 75th Anniversary At The 39th Annual
Last year street rodders paid homage to the 75th anniversary of the Deuce, so this year we decided to take a look at the diamond anniversary of another of Ford's favorites, the Model 40.

Unlike single-year offerings, '33 and '34 Fords were both designated Model 40s, and while they were similar, there were some obvious differences that set them apart. But this was also a period when all cars had a look of their own. As we perused the grounds of the 39th NSRA Street Rod Nationals found a wide variety of '33s and 34s of all makes on hand and decided to include them too; here's a look at a few.

Commercial Way
One of the special displays at this year's Street Rod Nationals was Commercial Way, an area dedicated to those once hard working vehicles that now live a more leisurely street rod life. It proves yet again that anything goes when it comes to building a street rod; the variety ranged from pickups to tank trucks.

Swap Meet
As in years past there was a swap meet at the 39th NSRA Street Rod Nationals. Noticeably smaller than those held previously, we heard a number of people say there was nothing there. The fact is a swap meet is a treasure hunt of sorts, and many of those who took the time to look thoroughly went home with a needed part, a new project, or in some cases, another street rod.

Mopar Country
Mopar lovers had their special parking area, too. Again, if the body or engine (or both) were Mopar, the vehicle qualified, and there were plenty of combinations of them all.

Vintage Air sponsors the 29 Below program that spotlights the young street rodders attending NSRA events. This year's group of participants displayed some outstanding cars.