May 2, 2005 - Spring flowers arent
the only bright colors in Knoxville this week as more than 3,500 street
rods roll into town for the 31st annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals
The event combines car show with
commercial exhibits, vintage swap meet, arts and crafts plus food,
games and live entertainment for an enjoyable and entertaining experience
for the whole family.
"Annually, it's the largest automotive event in the region," said
Jerry Kennedy, Event Director for the NSRA.
street rod is a modernized vintage automobile that was originally
manufactured prior to 1949. An anticipated crowd of more than 20,000
is expected to accompany the painted and chromed beauties to the
events headquarters at Knoxvilles Chilhowee Park.
The street rods in attendance are expected to range in value from
$8,000 to $100,000 with an average value of $28,000 per vehicle.
Many include modern chassis features like four-wheel disc brakes,
air conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering and exotic stereo
All activities during the show are open to the public. Show hours
are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8:30 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are on sale only at the park gates
during the event and admission is $12 per adult, $3 per child (6-12
years). Children under five are free when accompanied by an adult.
The NSRA Street Rod Nationals South is the largest street rod sport
sanctioning organization in the world with more than 53,000 members.
The KTSC projects that the NSRA Street Rod Nationals South will
have a local economic impact of $27,600,000.