The 15th Annual NSRA Southeast Street Rod Nationals returned to Tampa on October 11-13, 2002. This is one of those events where we really make an outing of it. We set up a booth in the vendor building, the magazines went like hot cakes, and we took tons of pictures, and caught up with lots of people we havent seen in a few months.
This show, like many in the past month or two, got pretty lucky when the Hurricanes managed to miss the area, leaving basically sunny skies. I say basically because while the actual show hours at the Fairgrounds remained sunny and rain free all three days, there were showers in the evening on both Saturday and Sunday. In fact on Saturday night the power and satellite reception at our hotel was knocked out a few times. And on Sunday during the drive home there was a pretty good shower as we traversed I-4. Still, Im sure everyone would agree though, we were pretty lucky weather wise, and by the end of registration there were 1,278 show vehicles on hand.
The Friday night Kick-Off Party at the host hotels Crowne Plaza Ballroom is always a good time, and this year was no exception. The parking lot was packed with cool cars, making it a show in itself, and there are always plenty of nice people to talk with about various subject. Other notable things to do was the Friday poker run around the Tampa area hosted by the Tampa Knights Rod & Customs host club, plus the various games at the Fairgrounds hosted by the Central Florida Street Rod Assoc, Early Irons, Osceola Rodders and the Rods & Rides of Polk County. Thanks go out to all of them for making the weekend more enjoyable for all the participants.
The Club Participation award returned again this year. It is determined by taking the total number of members and multiplying it by the miles traveled. Well, since they came from so far away, and had quite a few members present, the award this year went to the Sundae Cruisers from Mars, Pennsylvania.
As usual, the Super Prize Program was put in place, with over $101,800 in merchandise certificates given away....so many participants went home with a bonus, in addition to good memories. But the really big bonus was of course the 2002 Chevy S-10 pickup given away on Sunday after the drive-thru awards ceremony. Congratulations to Tom Nelson of Silver Spring, who had the pleasure of his ticket being drawn, and winning the big prize.
Many thanks again go out to the guys and gals at the National Street Rod Association, and the many volunteers who help make this show run like clockwork every year. It really is much appreciated! If you love 1948 and older street rods, the Tampa Fairgrounds in mid-October is where well be seeing you next year. For more information you can visit www.nsra-usa.com, or call 303-776-7841. Of course keep an eye on our Coming Attractions, which will announce the event with a listing, plus have a display ad as it approaches. CN
Picks / Special Awards:
Tampas Pick: Tom & Bonnie Yeager 40 Ford Coupe
Under 21 Rodder: Michael Meisner 38 Chevy
Deuce Doins: Dick Young 32 Ford Roadster
Flamin Freeway: Jeff Cooke 41 Willys Coupe
Nostalgia Way: Ron Stetter 32 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Resto Rod Row: Mike & Kathy Foust 37 Ford 4-Door Sedan
Lady Rodders Pick: Joe Ferlita 36 Dodge Convertible
John Q. Rodder Pick: Larry Burkhart 31 Ford Coupe
Host Clubs Pick: Smokey Underwood 37 Chevy Sedan Delivery
NSRA Safety Pick: Rookie & Judy Capone 39 Chevy Convertible
Streetscene Pick: Larry Stake 36 Chevy Tudor
Long Distance: Eldon & Jean Wright (Worland, WY) 35 Chevy
Banner Contest: Sundae Cruiser Mars, PA
Club Participation: Chopper Hot Rod Assoc. Parma, OH
We Made Them All: Paul & Becky Schaefer (Canton, OH) 47 Ply
S-10 Winner: Tom Nelson Silver Springs, FL
PPG Outstanding Use Of Color:
Dennis Delphus 1941 Willys Coupe
AJ & Cathy Gisonda 1936 Ford Coupe
Tom Osborne 33 Ford Speedstar Coupe
Nick & Linda Ganci 32 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Donna & Rich Gregorski 41 Willys Coupe
Jack Finnegan 35 Cadillac Convertible
Jeff Teague 33 Ford Hiboy Coupe
Roy Williams 37 Ford Coupe
NSRA Rep Picks:
Mark & Penny LeRoy 36 Plymouth Coupe
Jim & Maurice Connor 35 Ford Tudor
Brett & Jewel Turner 35 Chevy Tudor Sedan
Joe & Linda Mateychick 37 Ford Sedan
Jerry & Charyl Wetherington 36 Chevy Tudor
Pepper & Vicki Sciarretta 38 Chevy Tudor
Steve & Patti Wilson 40 Oldsmobile Coupe
Kirby White 32 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Judy & Wayne Newkirk 40 Ford Tudor
Charles Brigance 32 Pontiac 4-Door
Gerald & Nancy Braziel 37 Chevy Tudor
NSRA Director Picks:
Ray & Dot Copeland 32 Chevy 5 Pass. Coupe
Jack & Gerri Klingel 40 Mercury 4-Door Convert.
Larry Thompson 40 Ford Sedan Delivery