Street Rod Nationals motoring into York


The 42nd Annual Street Rod Nationals East Plus will come roaring into the Expo Center Friday for a weekend of showcases, parades, music and more.

More than 4,000 street rods, muscle cars, custom cars, trucks and specialty vehicles from all over the United States will gather at the fairgrounds to be displayed for the public.

Most vehicles were manufactured 30 or more years ago, and more than 130 manufacturers and dealers of specialty automotive equipment will be displaying and selling parts, accessories and supplies.

Activities: The show offers a variety of games and activities for children and adults, said Jim Rowlett, spokesman for the National Street Rod Association.

This year, contest categories include 29-Below (for anyone who registers a vehicle less than 30 years old), High Boy Highway (any vehicle without fenders), a Late Great Way (Chevrolet automobiles made from 1958 to 1964) and Vanity Plates, he said.

At noon Friday, the street rod parade will depart from Gate 4 and weave its way through downtown York City.

"They limit it to 120 cars ... they drive downtown through the market area and down to the fairgrounds," he said. "I know it's fun to watch them go down the street 'cause I do that too, but honestly, if you want to get a true picture of what the event is, you have to come to the fairgrounds — the Expo is where everything happens."

Seminars, etc.: The event also offers free seminars on topics related to street rod maintenance, including Electronic Transmission Made Easy, Buffing: What you thought you knew, a basic auto-wiring seminar and Cooling Made Easy, Rowlett said.

Music from the rock tribute band The Rave-Ons will be featured 7:30-10 p.m. Friday.

Make-A-Wish: For the second year in a row, the event will feature the Pinstripe Jamboree and Charity Auction.

For the event, artists from around the country have come together to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

A Brush Brigade stripes various objects, such as a mailbox or a piece of a car, which are auctioned off to benefit the charity, Rowlett said.

This is the 35th year the event will be held at the Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave.

The show runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

Admission costs $15 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 years, and children 5 years and under are free.

Tickets are on sale only at the fairgrounds during the event.