Walk the lobby of the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center Convention Hall and you will see 30 of the country's finest builders showcasing their best efforts. All of the popular and the unusual years, makes, and models. Before you are a handful of examples with more to come over the next four days from the KEC in Louisville, Kentucky.
Street Rods by Michael built the 1932 Ford three-window coupe that is "lightly" channeled over the Deuce frame. Motor City Flathead moves this coupe down the highway. Ten-spokes in front and polished Halibrands in back give this hot rod just the right stance.
Hudson's Rod & Customs received the nod to build this 1939 Chevy coupe painted in a light gray with maroon solid disc wheels.
Here's another 1939 Chevy coupe sprayed in red, but built in a different style by Mike Goldman Customs and owned by Gary Brown.
The iconic hot rod is most definitely the 1932 Ford highboy, with this one built by Adams Hot Rod Shop and owned by Chad Adams. Bias-ply in front and dirt track tires in back give just the right rubber rake wrapped around solid wheels while solid V-8 caps set off the look.
You can't have a hot rod event without a woodie—as the saying goes! And this one brought in by Hercules Motor Car Company is a 1937 Ford owned by Fern and Cecil Taylor.
The 1940 Ford is as good looking a hot rod in its stock body configuration as there is and this one built by Jamie Johnson's Hot Rod Haven and owned by Del and Barbara Packwood is an exemplar piece. The maroon coupe is set off nicely by the solid face Halibrand wheels.
The 1932 Ford sedan, this one sprayed in red, is another "must-have" hot rod. Built by Precision Hot Rods & Fabrication it is owned by Bob & Laura Russell.