Springfield, Missouri, is a great town, and the NSRA Mid-America Street Rod Nationals, held there every Memorial Day weekend, is a great show. We know this is old news to a lot of our readers, since this event is the National Street Rod Association's largest show west of the Mississippi River and draws pre-'49 iron all the way from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. However, flip through your old issues of R&C, and you'll see that in the 20 years NSRA has been holding this event we've never covered it. Between Bakersfield, Knoxville, York, Louisville, and the rest of the schedule, we've always missed this one. That might have to change, because this is an impressive show, both in terms of attendance (2,158 registered cars, a record) and the overall quality of the rods (really good). Even the cops were nice. The night before the Nats, the Springfield Police hosted a street rod parade from a local park to Grizzly Tools. On Saturday, NSRA set up corrals for Mopars, roadsters, cars with luggage trailers, '48s of any make and model, and cars belonging to the Under 21 crowd. In addition to all the rods, this event is a magnet for aftermarket companies, with almost 100 exhibitors on the grounds. We've been missing a good one.