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'We love cars': Visitors can check out historical vehicles at Street Rod Nationals

Nationals will run from Thursday to Sunday at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 53rd Street Rod Nationals kicked off Thursday at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Its last day will be Sunday.

Visitors can buy anything from car parts to old license plates. The award ceremonies will happen at 1 p.m.

Billy Joe Lands, a car collector, said "we just...we love cars."

"And you don't have to have hot rods you don't have to have...they could be stock or they could be modified," he said. "They could be whatever you like."

The street rods were back in Louisville Wednesday morning, and about 40 vintage cars took over Fourth Street Live! with a parade.

Organizers said one of the exciting things about Nationals is the return of the autocross.

"I would encourage anybody that wants to take a quick ride to go out there to the autocross. If you’re entered, you can put your vehicle in there. If not, you can ride with one of these drivers, and I can guarantee you it’s going to be about the quickest three minutes that you’ve ever spent going around this course,” he said.

Nationals normally attract over 30,000 participants and between 10,000 to 11,000 vintage cars to display according to a press release.

Tickets range from $6 to $19 while children five years old or younger can get in free.

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