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The National Street Rod Association’s 27th annual Southeast Street Rod Nationals is the largest and most impressive automotive event, and display of its kind, in the Southeastern United States. This event features something to satisfy every automotive enthusiast’s pallet. Classics, hot rods, full blown customs, vintage and antique touring sedans. Pick-up trucks, purpose built race cars and some of the most beautifully restored, American made muscle cars you will ever see. Mopar Max enlisted the help of local automotive writer and photographer, Chuck Green, to attend this annual event in search of anything Mopar. After two days traversing through the display area, he filed this report.
Without attending this happening in person, it’s difficult to explain the enormity of this event. The entire 330 acres of the Florida State Fairgrounds were engulfed with some of the finest specialty and classic vehicles ever assembled in one place. Over 1600 vehicles of every description sparkled in the bright beautiful, Florida sunshine. Unable to confirm the exact numbers, organizers were prepared for tens of thousands of avid motor heads to venture through the turnstiles to soak up the sights and sounds of these beautiful mechanical creations. Unlike other displays or shows, none of the vehicles here are behind ropes or other barriers designed to keep the spectators at bay. Gear heads of all ages are free to get up close and examine the cars from front to rear, inside and out.
Keeping in mind I was here to locate and photograph anything Mopar, I just couldn’t help myself as I came across the four-acre corner of the fairgrounds reserved for the swap meet that accompanies the Street Rod Nationals. Anything you might imagine pertaining to restoring a classic vehicle, could be found here, everything from a head bolt for a flat head Ford, to a tail light assembly for a glass back 'Cuda; with a little time and effort, searching the piles of loose parts, and cardboard boxes you would most likely find the piece you were looking for.