NSRA Mid-America Nationals 2017

Memorial Day weekend means the NSRA Mid-America Nationals. I’m sure to some of you that makes absolutely no sense, so let me translate. In English NSRA means National Street Rod Association and the Mid-America Nationals is just a large regional car show. There are about 2,000 cars built-in 1987 or older (most of them are MUCH older). We head to Springfield, MO for the weekend to hang out, check out the cars & vendors, and just get away.

Every family seems to have their “thing” and cars/car shows are very much ours.

I would do a step by step recap of our whole weekend but that might get a little long and boring. So instead, I thought I would share with you some photo and video highlights.

We loaded up and left town before lunch on Friday. We planned to leave around 10:00 but in typical Newman fashion that did not work. 9 times out of 10 we can’t seem to leave the house for a trip when we want to. The drive up was pretty interesting with some unexpected road closures, a starter solenoid that decided to act up, and a driving a chunk of Route 66 to our destination. But it could have been much worse I suppose.

Our official 2017 packet. I swear to you that we are in the 15-20% under the age of 50 at theses events. Older cars tend to be an older mans hobby. Of course theirs are much fancier than ours, but we like to think that we enjoy what we own every bit as much.


Random fair ground snap shots. 

The girls are such troopers. They have been going to the car shows with us since they were babies and they really seem to enjoy it every bit as much as we do. They know the ins and outs of car show etiquette like the back of their hand. I love to watch Emily so cautiously peeking in the cars to see what they look like inside. It gets me every single time. 


More random shots I took through the weekend. I was a little sad that I didn’t use my “big girl camera” more than I did, but it was nice to live in the moment more than usual.

The highlight of the whole weekend had to be the StreeKhana section aka autocross. Last year we watched the autocross part and saw that you could go for a ride along (for free) but neither of us took the bait. Not long after I really regretted not going for a ride. I knew this year was going to be different. 

It only took one lap and I was hooked. I went for a few rides in a Mustang and then I was spoiled with 4 rides in a crazy awesome 2001 Corvette with Brian Finch driving me (this guy is legit. Trust me, I googled him ๐Ÿ˜† ) . On one of our laps he drove a 29.4, the fastest lap of the event. Y’all, I can’t even tell you the adrenaline rush autocross is. 

Russ took this one of my ride from outside the car.

And I filmed this one from inside. The video is terrible, but I really wasn’t trying to hard either. However you can hear me giggling the whole way through. 

So now I totally want a 5 speed and I feel like I need to learn how to drive autocross. You can totally see me doing that, right?!?! I think I just might be crazy and stubborn enough to pull it off.

Our 2017 trip was so much fun. Even if it did end up raining Saturday and ruining a few of our evening plans, we still had a blast and were able to spend lots of quality family together.

How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend?

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  • Get it, girl! I grew up going to car shows but it didn’t stick with me. You’re just so adorable!!!!

    • Haha! I have been around cars, car shows and fixing/building cars my whole life. In fact, I think I know more about cars than a lot of guys. Thankfully not my hubby though :P.

  • You could totally do autocross! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looks like a great weekend away, and I love that you all share the car passion! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • :* Thanks for the vote of confidence friend. I love calling myself a car girl.

  • Jessica

    That looks like so much fun!!! I love that you are a car girl. And your sweet girls look like they enjoyed it as much as you and Russ. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh me too. I’ve been around them my whole life and couldn’t imagine it any other way. Now to find that autocross car :P.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    This is so fun and I love that it’s your familys “thing”!

  • How fun! I love that this is your familiy’s “thing”. What a fun thing to do together and the memories will last forever. Do you guys go all summer to different shows? I love that your kiddos get into just as much as you and Russ do!

    • We do hit up different shows through the summer months. This has been the biggest show we have gone to so far. We keep talking about going to a BIG one in Texas or Louisville but we haven’t done it yet.

  • Isn’t it so fun to be able to share your love for a hobby with your family? You guys are adorable.

    • It IS so much fun. I am sure me loving cars is a lot more fun for the hubby too :P. Thank you.

  • My husband is trying to make car shows “our” thing, but I’m still not on board. He recently purchased an older Mustang and we lovingly refer to it as his side chick because he is ALWAYS out there working on it.

    • % Lol! I seriously cracked up when I read your comment. I think you are 90% of wives honestly. If I hadn’t grown up around and worked on cars my whole life, I would be exactly the same. Most girls just dont love cars and that is totally okay.

  • I know you were pumped to take that ride!! Thanks for sharing the video with me via text, Connor know thinks you are the coolest Mom ever!

    • Because I am, lololol! Wait til I get that autocross car and can drive like that. No mom will be able to touch me, HA!

  • What a fun event! How cool that you got to go for a ride?!

    • Oh my gosh it was pretty much the best thing ever Becky :P.

  • Lots of fun!

  • How fun! The girls are going to have the best memories of going to all of these shows with you guys! And my Daddy would LOSE HIS MIND! Next time he might want to tag along with you. Lol.

    • Haha! It is such a fun show. There is an even bigger NSRA show in Louisville where there is LOTS more cars. We have talked about going before, but have never made the trip.

  • It looks like you had a great time! The girls will love having all those memories when they are older! XOXO

    • I sure hope so. Either that or they’ll remember all the car shows we drug them to :P.

  • Heather Bramlett

    Looks like so much fun!! You should totally learn how to drive autocross. Your right– totally you!!

    • Thank you for the vote of confidence friend. The hubby is somewhat jokingly already looking at cars for me he told me he was an #enabler.

  • Such a fun time! And so many memories to cherish for years to come ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Your big girl camera! What a fun weekend and these pictures are great! Plus my Anneliese now wants a Minnie Mluse tank in pink like that too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Well, you can tell her we got it at Target. #whyamInotsurprised

  • I love that your family shares a love for cars! You four are the cutest and I think selfies in your car are my favorite. The fact that you guys own a 37 Ford puts you up there on my โ€˜coolest friends everโ€™ list. What a fun weekend!!!

    • Oh man! It is an honor to be on that list lady!

  • Whitney Jordan

    What a fun weekend! I’m sure it’s fun to see the cars all decked out and you’re so brave to go for a ride along in the race. Seems like a great way to kick off summer ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haha! All I could think was teach me to drive like this. That would only be the best thing ever.