This past August marked the 44th annual National Street Rod Association Street Rod Nationals, bringing thousands of street rods and classic trucks to the fairgrounds at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This year was the 19th year the Nationals has been held in Louisville and the 16th at the fairgrounds.

During the course of these years there has always been a pretty darn good turnout of street rod pickups (1927 to 1940s), F-1s, and of course 1947 and 1948 Chevys, but in all honesty, it's been mainly the domain of street rods for years. But, a couple of seasons ago the NSRA has opened up the year break for the Nats up to and including 1980, so now we post 1948 vintage classic truck owners have the opportunity to be a part of one of the biggest and most exciting events in the hobby, and though the classic truck turnout was huge compared to any previous gathering, I'm hoping that the Nats will become a premier classic truck destination in the future.

Take a look at a small fraction of the great-looking classic pickups that were on hand keeping in mind that the show draws cars and trucks numbering anywhere between 8,000 and 12,000 entries every year. Speaking of numbers, since we didn't have anywhere near the space we needed in this issue, we're going to show you even more of the cool classic trucks from Louisville in our Part 2 of the coverage next month. This is a show you've just got to add to your event calendars; you won't be sorry, we promise.