| THUNDER ROAD ROD RUN | Vintage Street Rodders of America
We are excited to announce that BORLA PERFORMANCE INDUSTRIES
will be hosting our inaugural
show the Thunder Road Rod Run September 17-18 on the ground at their Johnson City TN location.
The address for the event is 3000 Bill Garland Rd, Johnson City, TN 37604.
For anyone that building a street rod or putting an exhaust system on anything for that matter, you
owe it to yourself to visit www.BORLA.com
You will be blown away at the quality, engineering, and
world-class customer service you'll get. We highly recommend Borla Performance Exhaust to anyone
who wants the best sound and highest level of quality engineering. Be sure to check out their new
ATAK performance exhaust system - it ROCKS! Borla Performance Exhaust is the worlds most
| Rule Change from Pre-1950 to Pre-1949 | Vintage Street Rodders of America
As many of you know, Vintage Street Rodders of America was created to cater to the true street
rodder, those who build, maintain and most of all, drive and enjoy their street rods. We also promised
to never ignore you when creating new guidelines for the VSRA. We have taken particular care in
listening to the people that will make up this organization and an overwhelming majority has
spoken. The VSRA will reset the cut off to Pre-1949 cars and trucks. The reasoning behind this is
1. The overwhelming majority of our members have spoken in favor of a Pre-1949 cut-off date
and since the VSRA is "your" organization, that is a change for the positive in our eyes. Please
don't think that if our members overwhelmingly spoke in favor of a cut-off date of 1958, or
1970,etc that we would allow it. That type of request would be in contradiction to the purpose of
this organization. As we are all for members speaking out for change, suggesting new ideas,
etc, we also know that VSRA will always move in a direction of positive change for the true
street rodder. In this case we feel this is a positive change for the promotion of true street
rodding and we are very appreciative for all the calls, emails, and letters telling us how you feel.
2. Legislation has been passed in many states for registrations and license plates, etc., defining
a “street rod” as 1948 or older. We should all appreciate what a great accomplishment that is
which increases our public awareness and provides us (true street rodders) with a high profile,
positive reputation. To change that now would cause confusion and frustration for those
who've worked so hard lobbying to enact legislation that recognizes our sport/hobby.
3. After we launched our membership drive at the Carl Casper Car Show in Louisville, KY this
past February, we took our show on the road. This was incredibly valuable feedback since we
actually had a chance to meet with several of our members face to face. Most if not all
understood why we had initially went with Pre-1950 and didn't mind it but said if they had their
preference they would prefer a Pre-1949 cut-off date for entry into VSRA. After we discovered
that several states already recognized and defined a "street rod" as any car or truck build prior
to 1949 and since we had a great majority of our members in favor of a Pre-1949 cut-off, it
seemed only logical to change our policy.
Before we moved forward with this change we went through ALL of our members, charter members,
and lifetime members and found only 3 that were effected. All 3 were contacted and given an
explanation and offered a FULL REFUND. So far, only one has requested a refund. This offer stands
for anyone who feels they do not agree with this change.
Simply contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "REFUND".
Your membership will be refunded in full within 5-10 business days. Please keep the VSRA T-shirt as
a token of appreciation from us to you for considering us for membership.
Again, thank you for all of your calls, emails, and letters telling us how you feel. Remember, the VSRA
is YOUR organization and we're dedicated to making it the BEST street rod organization on the planet!
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| February Newsletter | Vintage Street Rodders of America
We are happy to announce that pre-registration has begun for VSRA (Vintage Street Rodders of
America). As we are a week late we thank you all for your patience and understanding. As a
special limited time offer, we are offering 2 year memberships for $50 which includes a VSRA T-
shirt. If you are among the first 500 members to pre-register, you will be recognized as a "charter
member" which will be indicated on your T-shirt and membership card.
At VSRA you will be able to join even if you do not own a pre-1949 street rod as long as you have
an interest in pre-1950 street rodding.
With this membership, you will get free admission for you
and one companion to all of our events, cruises, and rod runs.
You will also receive our
newsletters detailing all of our upcoming events, shows, and cruises.
Please understand that
ONLY pre-1949 cars and trucks will be registered at all of our events, cruises, and rod runs with a
We want to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the sport and eventually
participate with a street rod of their own! UPDATE:
VSRA website - We are putting the final touches on our "official" website
which should be ready to go in the coming weeks.
Vintage Street Rodders of America will be attending the Carl Caspers Car Show in
, Feb 19-21, 2010. www.carlcasper.com
We will have a vendor booth in the
north wing so if you plan on attending the show, please drop by so we can meet you.
VSRA memberships will be available at the booth along with sample merchandise.
Congratulations to Jim Caswell of Rogersville, TN
for winning the VSRA logo contest.
Jim will receive a lifetime membership into Vintage Street Rodders of America.
VSRA is proud to recognize Frank Farroni of Willoughby, OH
as our first Lifetime
Frank owns several vintage street rods and has been a gearhead for many
He is very well known throughout the street rodding community as a “True Street
We would like to thank www.BigAlsList.com
for their support.
Big Al has a wonderful
resource for street rodders.
If you are looking for an event, show, cruise in, or rod run to
is the place to go.
Just enter your zip code and how far you
are willing to travel and a list of events pop up for you to choose from.
Thanks Big Al!
Thank you John Shapiro, editor and publisher of Cruisin’ Times magazine, for your
guidance and support.
John has a great magazine and website covering cruise ins and
rod runs in the Northern Ohio / West Virginia
Our inaugural show – Thunder Road Rod Run – will be held September 17-18 in East
For anyone who’s seen the movie “Thunder Road
” knows that the
proverbial Thunder Road
runs right through the heart of East TN
so what better way to
honor that heritage than with a bunch of pre1949 street rods thundering through the
As we have more details we will be send them out in our newsletters.
Beyond 2010, we are looking into the possibility of having a spring 2011 show in the
Other areas that we are considering are Northern FL
, St Louis
, and Memphis, TN.
If there are any clubs in these respective areas that are
interested in helping organize and/or hosting shows in these areas, please contact Jim
at 423-571-6430 or email at email@example.com
If anyone is interested in forming a cruise to our show in Sept, let us know so we can
help coordinate it on our website.
| Inaugural Event Location Selected | Vintage Street Rodders of America
Currently plans are being made for our inaugural event to be held September 17-18, 2010 in East
Tennessee. After several very good location suggestions, East TN was selected because of its
central location to our potential show participants and members, temperate climate, and easy
access to 2 major Interstates (I-81 and I-26). All details will be released March 2010.
As we grow, future show locations for consideration are as follows: Northern VA, Kentucky,
Illinois, and Ohio.
| VSRA Membership Drive Date Announced | Vintage Street Rodders of America
Vintage Street Rodders of America plans to begin taking memberships February 1, 2010. We will
create a membership page on the site so be sure to check back with us in the new year.
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