The scorching summer heat wasn’t enough to keep more than 2,200 muscle cars, hot rods, rat rods, classics, and trucks from assembling at the NSRA Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals in Pueblo, Colorado. The two-day event took place at the Colorado State Fairgrounds and drew a staggeringly large crowd.
NSRA regulations state that all entries must be at least 30 years old, making 1982 the cutoff for this year’s show. Team Revvolution stopped by for the second day of the event, and as we made our way into the throng of people, we felt a tangible sense of camaraderie. Everyone, from the participants to the event staff to the security team, seemed overly friendly and helpful. Most importantly, the owners were more than happy to chat about their cars for as long as they could.
The real value of attending an event like the Street Rod Nationals is witnessing the level of commitment and pride owners have for their rides; the attention to detail and degree of creativity was truly impressive. Restoring a car from the ground up is a much different endeavor than simply buying a new car and throwing some wheels or aftermarket parts on it. Many of these vehicles began their second lives as little more than rusty shells, abandoned in some field and just waiting for the crusher.
“Masterpiece” and “work of art” are good descriptions for the vast majority of the entries we saw, from immaculate leatherwork to flawless paint and everything in between. Being from a younger generation, we weren’t familiar with many of the cars. Luckily, the owners were more than happy to fill in the gaps, and the entire event became a learning experience for us. Another fascinating aspect of dealing with vintage automobiles is the colorful histories often associated with them. We’ll let the photos do most of the talking . . .