Welcome to the latest edition of the NSRA Nats Past. Its 1989 and we are heading to St. Paul, Minnesota, to join 11,202 of our closest friends for the 20th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals. My personal mode of transportation was a Deuce highboy roadster and the round trip of 2,300 miles was a long time to listen to the high-pitched whine of a Halibrand quick-change rear. Mixing gears through a four-speed, no need for windwings or side curtains, it proved to be a memorable trip. St. Paul was one of the cities in the nationals rotation back when the Nationals still moved to different locations each. This would be the sixth and final time the NSRA Street Rod Nationals would be held in St. Paul. The fairgrounds was a favorite with street rodders, with tree-lined streets connecting parking areas it felt like we had taken over a section of town rather than a typical fairgrounds. It was an interesting time in street rodding as trends were overlapping. Pastels, graphics, and fat-fendered cars were coming on the scene, while traditional real hot rods were also gaining traction again. Street rodders had also discovered the milling machine and lathe and billet parts and brushed aluminum were coming on the scene. It seemed the restorod movement had slowed and there was an abundance of fat-fendered sedans as entire families were now enjoying street rodding so the extra space of a 1938 Chevy sedan was more than welcomed. Fiberglass bodies of every description were becoming available, including the popular Gibbon Fiberglass 1939 Ford convertible. The number of fiberglass body manufacturers grew each year and the entire industry continued to introduce new parts that made building a street rod, better, safer, and easier. By 1989 street rodding had really reached full stride and while just 10 years earlier the thought of 11,202 street rods in one place would have been inconceivable, the movement was far from over and the NSRA Street Rod Nationals would continue to grow each year. I have discovered 70 black and white photos from the 1989 Nationals. If you were there, enjoy looking back on the event, and, who knows, you or your car may be in one of the photos. If you didnt attend, scroll through the photos for a quick look at another chapter in the golden age of street rodding. A final note, all this nostalgia has us wondering, since 2019 is the 50th NSRA Street Rod Nationals, how many of the folks and cars in these photos will be in attendance. It would be a great year for a reunion. Enjoy. SRM The post 1989 NSRA Street Rod Nationals appeared first on Hot Rod Network .
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