Florida Welcomes the NSRA Team to Tampa
More than 1,200 colorful, vintage vehicles, clear skies, and more things to do than time to do them in, pretty much sums up the NSRA Fall Show in Tampa, Florida. But there’s more, much more. With the exception of a 10-minute, soft-water carwash from Mother Nature, the Florida Chamber of Commerce served up marvelous, mid-seventies October weather, especially appreciated by the active Northern contingent who face snow-covered winters back home. Many use the Tampa show as a season finale. They (and everyone else) enjoyed the tree-lined lakes and spacious facilities of the Florida State Fairgrounds, a perfect location with loads of indoor and outdoor display space. Previously, the event was open only to pre-48 vehicles, but now a rolling-30 rule significantly expands the rainbow selection of rides on display.
Saturday morning was a perfect day to explore the glistening custom vehicles, enjoyed equally by the 1,200 competitors and the estimated 6,000 spectators who visited the show. Drivers could schedule a free NSRA safety inspection for their rides, increasing their peace of mind and probably the value of the vehicle. Wings Kallahan, the voice of NSRA, kept show goers informed all day on the PA system, notifying the lucky prize winners. The crowd eagerly anticipated possibly winning more than $75,000 worth of merchandise, thanks to the NSRA Super Prize Program, plus three drawings for $3,000 each. It was a challenge to decide between walking the swap meet outside or the commercial exhibitors inside. With hundreds of sellers to choose from, it was easy to locate that new window crank you needed or the missing front fender on your restoration project back home. Ladies enjoyed the Women’s World Arts and Crafts display while the kids flocked to the Make and Take model-car contest sponsored by MAGS (the Modeling Association of the Gulf State). NSRA Picks were chosen on Saturday and the selected drivers assembled in the Circle of Winners where the crowd could inspect and admire them. If you’d like to see a huge collection of vintage cars and trucks, check out the NSRA schedule at www.nsra-usa.com.