35th Annual NSRA
Street Rod Nationals
Louisville, KY
August 5-8, 2004
Pics by Jack Roberts
(12 Pages)
 

Hey Gang,
The NSRA Nationals are now history, and let me tell you, Minnie and I enjoyed this year more than any I can remember, mainly because the temps were very comfortable, we had a great weekend. To begin with, there were nearly 12,000 street rods registered and we saw so many old friends, the entire weekend seemed to pass by like a blur, before we knew it, it was time to pack up and leave. We spent a lot of time with our dear friends Jack and Mary Ann Lawford who almost seems like family.  There was so much going on that I don’t quite know where to start.  I would like to say Thank You to our great friends Paul Clephas and Gene Harrington who own and operate the LaQuinta Airport Expo Inn on Preston Hwy.  On Friday night, they threw a great Barbecue Dinner for all the Street Rodders staying there, for the second consecutive year and we all had a great time.  After the dinner, our friend Austin Parker had a birthday party for his beautiful wife, Janet, she just turned 21, or so Austin said, personally I don’t think she was that old, anyway Austin brought out the Cake and everyone had Birthday cake for dessert.  Anyway thank you Paul and Gene and we look forward to seeing you again next year. Many times you heard me voice my praise for the MHRA, well this year they came to my rescue when we had problems with the carb on Minnie’s Dodge.  Al Tawse and Bill jerked that carb off and Bill put a new Carb Kit in and had it purring like a kitten in no time, while I swapped BS stories with Art and Ed.  I’m telling you these guys are the greatest, and to repeat my earlier statements, these guys are the true Unsung Heroes of our sport.  Afterward Jack Lawford and myself hung out and admired all the good deeds these guys were doing.  MHRA my hat is off to you, thank you and may God bless you all.  And while I’m on a serious note here, I would like to say a couple of words about another great street rodder.  Al Cook started telling me about a Miller Welding employee by the name of Roger LeClare who had spent the last 12 years building a super nice ‘48 Dodge Pickup and after finishing it became ill and could not make it to the Nats. Well Al and myself went over to the Miller Booth and there they had big banners with Rogers Dodge Pickup and it was a work of art, so I had to get some pics and after talking to Al and Wayne I felt like I personally knew Roger.  Roger and Bonnie always know that Minnie and My prayers are always with you. God Bless You. Boyd Coddington’s crew from The American Hot Rod TV show were there and Minnie and I being great fans just had to stop by and talk to them and get a few pics. It seems so much happened this weekend, I could go on and on, but I’ll get back to business, and the first and foremost item on that list is who won the prestigious Minnie’s Pick Award. Well after losing considerable sleep, Minnie finally decided the award should go to none other than Mark Heflin with his beautiful ‘34 Sedan. With having said all that, let’s see some pics.  See everyone at the Frog Follies in Evansville, IN.  Jack!!!

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A fellow street rodder getting a helping hand from MHRA member Al Cook.

 

A couple of cars from Car Durbins collection, this guy has more cars than the law allows.

A fellow street rodder getting a helping hand from
MHRA member Al Cook.

 

A couple of cars from Carl Durbins collection, this guy
has more cars than the law allows.

Al Cook, MHRA member & his trusty '34 Ford.  Al has logged more than 250,000 miles on this Sedan going to car shows as part of the MHRa Crew.

 

Al Tawse, repairing the carb on Minnie's Dodge, you really appreciate these guys when you have problems!

Al Cook, MHRA member & his trusty '34 Ford.  Al has logged
more than 250,000 miles on this Sedan going to car
shows as part of the MHRA Crew.

 

Al Tawse, repairing the carb on Minnie's Dodge, you really
appreciate these guys when you have problems!

Alan Button, St Louis, MO., has one Super all steel '32 3-Win Coupe.

 

American Hot Rod Show personality, Charlie!

Alan Button, St Louis, MO., has one Super all steel
'32 3-Win Coupe.

 

American Hot Rod Show personality, Charlie!

Another great reporter from HRHL, Steve Arnett.

 

Another shot of Bill Roberts & his super '32 along with the creator of this Masterpiece, Alan Johnson of Johnson's Hotrods.

Another great reporter from HRHL, Steve Arnett.

 

Another shot of Bill Roberts & his super '32 along with the
creator of this Masterpiece, Alan Johnson of
Johnson's Hotrods.

Austin & Janet Parker came down from Oxford, OH.

 

Austin Parker threw his beautiful wife a surprise birthday party, Austin said she just turned 21, but I don't thhink she looks that old!

Austin & Janet Parker came down from Oxford, OH.

 

Austin Parker threw his beautiful wife a surprise birthday
party, Austin said she just turned 21, but I don't think
she looks that old!

Baaad Azzz '34 Koop, Minnie said she could really do some great Burnouts with this bad boy!

 

Beautiful Shoebox Ragtop built by Alloway Hot Rod Shop!

Baaad Azzz '34 Koop, Minnie said she could really do
some great Burnouts with this bad boy!

 

Beautiful Shoebox Ragtop built by Alloway Hot Rod Shop!

Bernie of Vision Rod & Custom will be building a frame for me to be used on my next creation.

 

Big Al Liebmann taking Minnie's pic while Minnie takes Big Al's pic - does that make sense!

Bernie of Vision Rod & Custom will be building a frame
for me, to be used on my next creation.

 

Big Al Liebmann taking Minnie's pic while Minnie takes
Big Al's pic - does that make sense!

Bill Roberts from Alabama has one of the finest '32 Ford 5-Win Coupes I have ever seen, but you might expect that with a name like Roberts!

 

Billet Specialities' Chycanne dazzled the spectators.

Bill Roberts from Alabama has one of the finest '32 Ford
5-Win Coupes I have ever seen, but you might expect
that with a name like Roberts!

 

Billet Specialities' Chycanne dazzled the spectators.

Bob & Joann Hess, Somerset, KY., made the scene with their super '32 Ford 3-Win.

 

Bob Hess is not happy with just 2 blondes!

Bob & Joann Hess, Somerset, KY., made the scene with
their super '32 Ford 3-Win.

 

Bob Hess is not happy with just 2 blondes!

Bob Taylor, Louisville, KY., has one super slick '37 Sedan.

 

Bob Taylor, of Taylors House of Color, & his beautiful wife were enjoying the Airport Expo Inn party.

Bob Taylor, Louisville, KY., has one super slick '37 Sedan.

 

Bob Taylor, of Taylors House of Color, & his beautiful wife
were enjoying the Airport Expo Inn party.

Bobby Alloway & his beautiful daughter, Cruise-In in his '32 Highboy.

 

Bobby Alloway with one of his latest creations.

Bobby Alloway & his beautiful daughter, Cruisin’ in
his '32 Highboy.

 

Bobby Alloway with one of his latest creations.

Bobby Brandenburg, Irvine, KY., has one nice '40 Ford Coupe.

 

Carla Arnold, trying out for Gun Moll position in Minnie's Gangsta Car.

Bobby Brandenburg, Irvine, KY., has one nice
'40 Ford Coupe.

 

Carla Arnold, trying out for Gun Moll position in
Minnie's Gangsta Car.

Dee Fair, Frankfort, KY., was there in his awsum '41 Willys.

 

Did someone yell Jack?!!

Dee Fair, Frankfort, KY., was there in his awsum '41 Willys.

 

Did someone yell Jack?!!

Doris Donovan & Jan Cates.

 

Doris Donovan & Minnie Roberts.

Doris Donovan & Jan Cates.

 

Doris Donovan & Minnie Roberts.

Dwayne Lawrence, Paris, KY., owns a super fine '48 Chevy Pickup.

 

Ed & Doris Donovan drove their super nice '34 Chevy down from Dayton, OH.

Dwayne Lawrence, Paris, KY., owns a super fine
'48 Chevy Pickup.

 

Ed & Doris Donovan drove their super nice '34 Chevy
down from Dayton, OH.

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