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Street Rods Zoom Back to Louisville

Every year, right before school starts, the roads around Louisville, KY's fairgrounds and airport fill brightly colored custom cars from the Annual Street Rod Nationals Plus. It is the world’s largest automotive participation event, and one of Louisville’s largest tradeshows.

This year, the Nationals will feature more than 11,000 street rods. Traditionally the vehicles had been limited to those manufactured prior to 1949, but this year the show is including any vehicle 30 years old and older. The cars are custom finished and modified to travel modern roads.

Enthusiasts of muscle cars and classic cars can mingle at a swap meet and a trade show featuring more than 350 manufacturers and parts suppliers. Manufacturers’ seminars on brake systems, chassis, steering and paint run throughout the weekend, and stars of the street rod world – a custom car painter, a custom car designer -- are available to meet and chat.

John Schnatter, founder and chairman of Papa John’s International, will have his 1971 Z28 Camaro – now featured in the chain’s commercials – on display. And “Grave Digger,” a popular Monster Truck, will also put in a daily appearance.

Friday and Saturday afternoons include live entertainment and games for kids.

While the action for the Nationals centers around Louisville’ Fairgrounds, the Street Rods zoom out throughout the community to “flaunt their flame jobs and cruise the city.” Part of the thrill of hosting the custom car show is being able to see these great automotive examples out and about everywhere in the days leading up to Nationals.

Should the custom car bug bite you, bring your money. While many Street Rods will cost you anywhere from $11,000 to $35,000, a few will set you back $100,000 or more. Now that’s what we call custom!

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When you are in town for the Street Rod Nationals and would like more information about buying a home in the Louisville area, please visit Louisville, KY Real Estate.

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