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Street Rod Nationals an economic engine for businesses

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More than 30,000 people are in the metro for the 44th Annual Street Rod Nationals, one of the biggest vintage car and truck events in the world.

When the vintage vehicles rolled into Louisville, crowds become fascinated by the stories behind the paint and primer.

This is the 19th year Street Rod Nationals has been held in Louisville. The nationals feature an eclectic mix of automobiles ranging from the 1950's to 1970's. The turnout is expected to be 10,000 to 15,000 street rods, customs, muscle cars and special interest vehicles.

All of those car guys and gals have to sleep and eat somewhere. The Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates a $13 million economic impact.

That was especially evident on 4th Street Live! after vehicles parked it there for awhile Wednesday afternoon. "It's always a great boost for us. Always really good for business. We always do multiple private parties for them every year," Patrick Smith said, Sports & Social Club manager.

"We just can't ignore it. It's a great opportunity. We love seeing the streets filled up with all these wonderful cars. It definitely brings a level of excitement and we're happy to get a chance to take part of that," Billy Garland said, Hard Rock Cafe sales and marketing manager.

The average vehicles part of the event would cost about $35,000. However, several range in value from $20,000 to $150,000.

Street Rod Nationals will be held Thursday, August 1 until Sunday, August 4. Tickets are $14 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and children under 5 are free.

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