All lined up with colorful designs these vehicles were on display at the 2013 Street Rod National East Plus held at the York Expo Center. York Dispatch
All lined up with colorful designs these vehicles were on display at the 2013 Street Rod National East Plus held at the York Expo Center. York Dispatch file

The Street Rod Nationals East Plus found a place to grow in York.

For the 34th time the event will be held here by the National Street Rod Association, based in Memphis, Tenn., said Jerry Kennedy, the association's special events director.

The 41st annual Street Rod event begins 8 a.m. Friday, June 6, and concludes 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Road in West Manchester Township.

"York is the longest-running host city for events we do across the country," Kennedy said. "We choose York for its proximity, the easiness to get there. We've found that the York fairgrounds is part of a community willing to watch the event grow as we hoped to do. Our people just love coming there."

Altogether, at least 4,000 street rods, customs, muscle cars and street machines will be displayed at the center.

Event details: The event features vehicles manufactured at least 30 years ago. Most of the cars are from the 1950s to 1984, Kennedy said.

More than 21,000 people attend the nationals annually in York, he said.

This year, the U.S. Postal Service will unveil the new Hot Rods Forever Stamps, which feature images of two 1932 Ford Deuce roadsters, at 11 a.m. Friday at the York Expo Center.

Then the association will hold its annual Street Rod Nationals parade at noon, starting from the expo center's Market Street gate, continuing through the downtown York area and looping back to the fairgrounds, Kennedy said.


Other activities include the "Vintage Swap Meet," where enthusiasts can buy or sell original automotive parts, the National Street Rod Association safety inspections and the 29 Below Rodders display, featuring street rods owned by association members below age 30.

For women: Ladies will have their own activities with "Women's World," where they can purchase jewelry and arts and crafts items, and participate in a tea, Kennedy said.

"It gives the women time to get together," he added. "No guys allowed. Let the ladies do what they do."

Women's World also will show off a quilt created from T-shirts from past Street Rod events, Kennedy said.

The Street Rod event also will host the Pinstripe Jamboree & Charity Auction, featuring artwork done by pinstriping, air brushing and hand-lettering artists from around the country, he said.

The fundraising event benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia Inc., which has an office in Springettsbury Township. The organization fulfills wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

"We're trying to do something for everybody," Kennedy said. "We have games for kids, activities for adults and we're providing an event where people who are now grandparents and parents can remember how cars looked when they were younger."

Up close: The Street Rod event allows association members to share the work they've done on their vehicles and gives the public an up-close look at the automobiles of the past, Kennedy said.

"Some people like to sit on their lawn chair and watch our cars ride by," he said. "Some like to buy parts for their own car projects. Or you can just come over and get something good to eat."

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