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 😆 ) . 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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