I don't live that far from Louisville - a six or seven hour drive and I have been a NSRA member for years. But, I gotta admit, I've never been to the Nationals. Always one reason or another.
This year was going to be different. The roadster is running great and I had a shared room lined up. To good to be true. A routine trip to the Doctor raised some unexpected concerns and I was scheduled for a diagnostic procedure this past Thursday, the first day of the Nationals. And since I was going to be sedated, no driving for at least 24 hours. So it looked like I would miss this year's Nationals as well.
Wednesday, my wife, who has no interest in car shows what so ever, asked me if I really wanted to go. "Yes" was my answer. And that was the right answer as well. It seems my bride had made reservations for the both of us in Louisville and, if my test went OK, she was going to drive me there. We left around Noon on Thursday and got in before the sun set.
So, how did my first Nationals go? Well, it was hot. Really hot. And there were more rods of all makes, models, styles, and treatments than I had ever seen before in my life. I had a blast. Hooked up with folks I have been talking to on the net for years and made some new friends as well. By pacing myself, I was able to walk down every row. And when I started to over heat, it was into the Air Conditioned exposition hall for some re hydration, a cool down, and some goody lust at the vendor displays. I could have spent a fortune. But settled for ten pounds of catalogs.
From the photos I took, you can get a feel for the kind of rods that I like. Traditional without a lot of rules. And one brown Model A coupe really caught my eye. There are 5 photos of it in my set. It was the exact vision of the coupe I started to build in high school and sold off when I went in the Army. May be I'll build it for real some day.