York street rod event kicks off with parade
Linda and Fred Richter of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, drove their teal 1923 T-bucket out of the West Market Street gates of the York Expo Center Friday afternoon, along with many other street rods that were entered into the parade.
"We love it," Linda Richter said.
The Richters were among more than 100 street rods to enter the parade Friday, kicking off the 43rd Annual Street Rod Nationals East, the weekend-long event taking over the York Expo Center.
The parade: At noon, the street rods started filing out of the gates on West Market Street, as fans sat outside and cheered them on.
Vehicles of all shapes and sizes passed the onlookers as the drivers waved out the windows and revved their engines.
Linda Richter said they have been involved with the parade for around five years now. While many people work on the street rods they bring in, she said she bought the T-bucket as is, and they bring it every year.
She said one of her favorite parts of participating in the parade is seeing all the kids along the route.
"They're all glad to see us come by," she said.
Craig Cooper of York Township watched the parade with his 3-year-old daughter, Olivia.
"I love all classic cars," he said.
Cooper said he has attended the street rod event in the past, but this might have been the first time he saw the parade. He said his daughter seemed to enjoy it.
"I'm going to take her next year," he said.
Tom Miller of Hanover sat with his wife on the side of the street. They brought chairs and food with them while they watched the parade of cars.
Miller said he likes to come out every year and watch the parade. He said this year was probably the best experience he has had watching it, which he credits to the weather.
"I like the clouds better than the sunshine," he said.
The event: The event at the Expo Center runs until 5 p.m. Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday.
Anne Druck, president of the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, has said the event is one of the biggest held in the county.
"It has become quite a historic event, kind of a legacy event for York County," she said.
Jerry Kennedy, special events director for the the National Street Rod Association, has said roughly 3,500 cars will be on display. A street rod is defined as any car built from 1948 on that has been modified.
“Once you go out to the grounds, you’re going to find out how many of those cars are basically new,” Kennedy said. Although the cars have to be at least 30 years old, these cars have been modified and built by their owners.
He said most of the people showing their cars do it as a hobby and that they come from all walks of life. Only about one in 10 of the car owners works in the auto industry, he added.
In addition to the cars, there will also be events such as the Pinstripe Jamboree, which is an auction to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation; a model car contest; live entertainment; and $72,000 in prize giveaways.
Tickets are $15 per adult, $6 per child, and free for children under 5 accompanied by an adult. Tickets will only be available at the fairgrounds at the time of the event.
More information can be found on www.nsra-usa.com.
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