One of the 2019 ARP/STREET RODDER Road Tours, the Speedway Motors Tour, is especially well-attended every year and this year was really special. Our destination was one of the best-attended and significant events in decades: the 50th NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Both the Tour and the Nationals lived up to expectations.
We kicked off the Speedway Motors Tour in its hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. It was a short drive to Omaha where we visited Gas Pump Heaven and the CAL Creations shop of pro builder Andy Leach. On Friday evening the West Coast Road Tour, led by Dave Cahal, joined us at the Smith Collection Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed. With the group now at about 50 vehicles and 100 people, we had quite a crowd. Local rodders joined us at Saturday’s Cars and Coffee Cruise-In at the museum. We spent the entire morning enjoying the amazing collection that was the lifelong labor of love for “Speedy” Bill Smith. That afternoon we visited the private car collection of the late Gary Kuck, and were then special guests at the No Coast Customs and Rods open house.
On Sunday we headed southeast to Kansas City to visit the Kansas Auto Museum. Later, we greeted by the Slover family at Pete and Jakes and Super Bell. On Monday we stopped at the Auto World Museum in Fulton, Missouri, and visited Fast Lane Classic Cars in St. Charles. In St. Louis on Tuesday we visited a private collection of classics owned by Hunter Engineering before heading to the Street Rod Nationals.
The Kentucky State Fairgrounds was covered with spectators and participants all weekend, not to mention more than 12,700 vehicles. The NSRA pulled out all the stops to make this event as spectacular as everyone expected. The STREET RODDER booth was double its normal size and contained 15 significant and historic rods. Street Scene magazine put together an incredible display of memorabilia and vehicles from past Street Rod Nationals.
The Speedway Motors Road Tour was a fantastic trip that participants will be talking about for years come. For expanded coverage and hundreds of pictures search for “Speedway Road Tour” at streetrodder.com.
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