Football fans have the Super Bowl. Movie buffs have Oscar night. So where do hot rodders go to see the biggest names from our hobby in one place at one time? We head to the National Street Rod Association's Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.

The 35th annual Nats was the best Nats we've been to in a while. Construction at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center took away a bunch of primo power parking spots, but the 400-acre facility was still big enough for the 11,500 pre-'49 rods that showed up from all over America.

Inside the Expo Center building, aftermarket manufacturers showed off their latest parts, tools, and gear--including 160 new items on display in the New Products exhibit. Anybody with any dough left over after visiting more than 300 commercial vendor displays could spend the rest of it in the huge swap meet area.

On Friday, R&C hosts the Pro's Pick competition. NSRA gives us a corner of the grounds where anybody registered in the Nats can park for a few hours while the R&C staff and some of top builders around inspect and evaluate the high-end iron, finally selecting 12 Pro's Picks.

Of course, our list of faves goes far beyond those dozen award winners. We came back from the Nats with hundreds of photos of America's finest rides. We only have a few pages to show 'em, so here's a small sample of the stuff we saw.

For a look at the Nats in its entirety, you've got to go to Louisville. NSRA has booked the Expo Center for August 4-7, 2005. Before you go, visit www.nsra-usa.com.