The National Street Rod Association was among the first to recognize the presence of a contingent of enthusiasts that didn't fit the presumed mold of "street rodder" when in 1986 the first ever Under 21 Show was held at the Street Rod Nationals in Oklahoma City. The show was a complete success with 48 vehicles on display, and it inspired the program to be picked up for all of the NSRA produced events.
Over the past 20 years, the NSRA Under 21 Program, sponsored by Vintage Air of San Antonio, Texas, has served to acknowledge the participation of hundreds of young street rod owners, and the concept has been copied, in modified forms, by organizations big and small, as well as by magazines such as Street Rodder and Rod & Custom.
Though successful in every respect, it's time for the program to be updated. Hence-forth, the young rodder program at all of the NSRA National events will be known as the 29 Below program, and our young participating members with a valid driver's license up to and including the age of 29, with their own street rod registered in their name for the event, will be eligible to take part in this activity. Vintage Air will continue as the sponsor, and each young rodder that brings his or her street rod to the special area on the grounds at the designated time will receive a commemorative T-shirt provided by the sponsor, and will be eligible for a special drawing for two of the Super Prizes from Vintage Air.
The 29 Below program, like the preceding Under 21 program, will help to give exposure to the young street rodders that attend the NSRA events, creating public awareness that this is not a hobby for just the grey-haired auto enthusiasts. Street rodders come in all sizes, shapes and are of all ages, and the NSRA 29 Below program will serve to make that better understood. If you are eligible to be a participant, please join the fun ...and if you don't qualify to be part of this activity, visit the area where it is being staged and learn first hand that the youth involvement in street rodding is very real and very exciting, and we know the enthusiasm of these street rodders is sure to be felt.
The 2005 NSRA Nationals were held in Louisville, Kentucky. The winner of the top prize, a complete Vintage Air system, was Nathan Pederson of Prospect, Kentucky, who entered his '48 Chevy pickup to win.
Each 29 Below participant received a commemorative t-shirt and everyone Received a very nice door prize, all donated by companies in the street rod industry,
American Racing ~ Classic Instruments ~ Cooling Components ~ Engineered Components ~ Haywire ~ Hot Rods & Custom Stuff ~ ididit ~ Lokar ~ Painless Performance Products ~ Stainless Steel Brake Corp. ~ Street Rods by Michael ~ SoCal Speed Shops ~ Total Performance / Cool Flex ~ Tuff Stuff Performance ~ Walker Radiator ~ Yogi's.
The following companies also graciously donated items or gift certificates for door prizes:
American Autowire ~ Auto Custom Carpets [ACC] ~ B&M Automotive ~ Dakota Digital ~ Eaton Aeroquip ~ Eaton Detroit Spring ~ Fatman Fabrications ~ Flaming River ~ Halibrand ~ Holley Performance Products ~ Meguiar's ~ Mother's Polish ~ Motor State Distributing ~ Pete & Jakes ~ Specialty Power Windows ~ Speedway Motors.