As I more than likely say just about every year, one of my all-time favorite annual events is the huge NSRA Street Rod Nationals. This annual gathering draws anywhere between 8,000 and 12,000 entries each year (imagine over 300 vendors spread throughout 500,000 square feet of indoor exhibit area, plus tens of thousands of cool cars and trucks on display). For years, the association’s strict pre-’49 cutoff pretty much disqualified a large portion of the truck contingent. Sure, there has always been a pretty darn good turn-out of street rod pickups (’27 to ’40), F-1’s and, of course, ’47 to ’54 Chevys.

Well, starting last year (2010), the NSRA opened up the year break for the Nats up to and including ’80. And this year, classic truckers and their pride and joys, again, had the opportunity to be a part of one of the biggest and most fun events in the hobby. Last year I was hoping that the Nats would become a premier classic truck destination, and I’m happy to report that it has! That said, I wanted to give those of you that didn’t give the Nats a try a sneak peek at some of the pickups that were there this past season (heck, I may even show ya a few cool street rods as well) to give ya an idea of what’s in store for those that add the NSRA Nationals to their event calendar this year. It really is a blast, especially since I have the opportunity to see and shoot more and more features on the classic trucks I love so much. So, take a look at a fraction of the pickups I ran across this past season, and then please consider making the Nats one of the events you choose to attend this year. Believe me, if you’ve never been, it’ll be an experience—take my word for it (again). Show up once and you’ll be hooked! ct