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52nd Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals subtitle
The Big Show title
52nd Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals subtitle
Trucks lined up at the 52nd Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals
BY Rob Fortier Photography By THE AUTHOR

ince I began my automotive journalist career nearly 30 years ago, there has really just been one “big show:” the annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Sure, it’s not a truck-only event, mind you, but considering the location and the simple fact that the NSRA Nats’ overall vehicle registration numbers far exceed any other event of its kind, well, let’s just say there’s a lot of classic trucks to be found within the perimeters of the Kentucky Exposition Center the first weekend of every August … for the past 52 years!

After taking a two-year hiatus, I returned this year for the first time wearing my new “media” hat (literally, I had on a brand-new CTP ball cap!) representing In The Garage Media/Classic Truck Performance alongside Modern Rodding and All Chevy Performance magazines. It was just like old times—but much better! Speaking of which, we even managed to (successfully) pull off our very first ITGM Builder’s Pizza Party at the Executive Strike & Spare bowling alley the Wednesday evening prior to the Nats’ opening day.

Despite the ensuing pandemic protocols and whatnot that hampered last year’s Nats and even threatened to affect the big show this year, the overall participant and spectator attendance was really quite impressive. And to be completely honest, in spite of what I just said about the amount of classic trucks on hand each and every year, well, I was not only beyond impressed with the abundance of early and late trucks, but amazed with how many “fresh builds” there were (especially in the Classic Instruments Pros Pick area). Then again, with all that recent downtime some of us have endured the last two years, maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised after all!

Here’s to an even better 53rd Annual NSRA Street Rod Nats in 2022—look forward to seeing new and familiar faces alike next year!

Truck beds
Black truck with an open hood
Teal truck
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Line of trucks
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Red truck with an open hood
Light blue and white truck
Black truck
White Dodge truck
Black truck with a flame paint job
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Brown truck
Purple truck with gray trim
Gray truck
Blue truck with an open hood
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Dark blue truck with white trim
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Trucks lined up
Trucks lined up at the 52nd Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals