NSRA Nationals South
Knoxville, TN
April 30 - May 2, 2004
Pics by Steve Arnett
 

Hey Guys
   Just got back from Knoxville and the 30th NSRA Nats South. This was an ambitious weekend for Judi and I.  Typically, we go to the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee the weekend before the Knoxville rod run. But... the NHRA did the old reschedule thing and moved the race to the same weekend as the Nats South. So... we decided to take them both in. As it turned out, the rain came on Sunday morning so after hanging out at the track for a couple of hours we decided to head for home.  As it turned out, I got to go back to Bristol the next day (Monday) for final eliminationís. I think Iím getting too old for this!!!
   We went to Knoxville with our good friends, Keith and Carol Diehl. But this year, we also had our friends Bill and Sara Muck along. This was their first rod run so they were lots of fun. Sara was very interested, learned tons about street rods - who knows, she may be our next new street rodder. They traveled in their 2000 Mecham Trans Am while Judi and I rode the old Ď34. Sara asked Bill ďwhy do we have to follow them in that old car - itíll take us 2 days to get there?Ē  I loved it - she really got an education over the weekend.
   While we were there, we got a chance to hang out with Jack and Minnie Roberts too. I donít know... seems like Jack and I both got brides far above what we deserve - God was sure good to us... or felt sorry for us for one! Jack want to blame me (or give me credit...) for getting into this camera/reporting thing.  Next, heíll be blaming me for spending $700 on a new digital camera!!! Sorry Jack, Iíll shoulder the picture taking blame, but youíll have to take responsibility for buying your own equipment!!! Problem is, then Iíll have to upgrade - then heíll have to upgrade - then Iíll have to..... this is a vicious circle....
   I was impressed this year with the Ď46-í48 Fordís coming on. Also, the Buickís, Lincolnís, and Caddyís.  Itís good to see the quality of different cars other than the more common Fordís and Chevyís really stepping up.  I hope you guys enjoy it too. Steve!!!
 

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The '03 NSRA Giveaway car was there!

This '31 Cadillac was simply beautiful top to bottom & inside out.  Running LT-1 Vette engine!

The '03 NSRA Giveaway car was there!

This '31 Cadillac was simply beautiful top to bottom & inside out. Running LT-1 Vette engine!

BIG '32 Studebaker was very classy.  Also running small block Chevy power.

'34 Chevy Sedan!

BIG '32 Studebaker was very classy.  Also running small block Chevy power.

'34 Chevy Sedan!

'34 Dodge Humpback!

'34 Ford Hiboy!

'34 Dodge Humpback!

'34 Ford Hiboy!

'36 Ford Convertible!

'36 Sedan!

'36 Ford Convertible!

'36 Sedan!

'37 Chevy Coupe was very slick & had a stance that just wouldn't quit!

'40 Ford Coupe!

'37 Chevy Coupe was very slick & had a stance that just wouldn't quit!

'40 Ford Coupe!

Bill is BIG into Pontiacs & heavily involved in the POCI chapter so he was excited to see this '40 Pontiac!

'40 Ford Ragtop!

Bill is BIG into Pontiacs & heavily involved in the POCI chapter so he was excited to see this '40 Pontiac!

'40 Ford Ragtop!

'46 Ford Coupe!

'47 Fleetline!

'46 Ford Coupe!

'47 Fleetline!

'48 Buick Convertible!

'48 Chubby!

'48 Buick Convertible!

'48 Chubby!

'48 Hudson!

Tony Shumacher's US Army T/F dragster - for those who have never been to an NHRA pro drag race, you don't know what you're missing!  Unlike other forms of motorsports, the NHRA cars and drivers are readily accessible to the fans - there's nothing like the

'48 Hudson!

Tony Shumacher's US Army T/F dragster - for those who have never been to an NHRA pro drag race, you don't know what you're missing!  Unlike other forms of motorsports, the NHRA cars & drivers are readily accessible to the fans - there's nothing like the smell of nitromethane in the morning!

Here's a clever use of bandaids (and humor) to make the most of a bad situation!

Newbies Bill & Sara late Friday evening hangin' out in the motel lobby - go to bed Bill!

Here's a clever use of bandaids (and humor) to make the most of a bad situation!

Newbies Bill & Sara late Friday evening hangin' out in the motel lobby - go to bed Bill!

Bill checking out '37 Chevy!

This black '37 Chevy Sedan was super.  Only 139 miles since completion, the owners were from the Knoxville area.

Bill checking out '37 Chevy!

This black '37 Chevy Sedan was super.  Only 139 miles since completion, the owners were from the Knoxville area.

Bill showing off!

Black '29 Sedan!

Bill showing off!

Black '29 Sedan!

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