Rodding Around – 1st NSRA Street Rod Nationals Peoria Winner & Speedway Motors Cars and Coffee

By Brian Brennan

02 This plaque was made by Orv’s wife Shirl They have been together 66 years now
Orv’s homemade plaque that shows the 8,000-mile trip from California to Ontario, Canada, and back … through Peoria, IL, for the 1stStreet Rod Nationals. This plaque was made by Orv’s wife, Shirl. They have been together 66 years now. (Editor’s Note: There are some milestones in hot rodding that are just more important than others and this is one of them. Congratulations to the Elgies on such a great “partnership.” —B.B.)
03 Orv today with the very plaque he is holding in the photo from the 1st Street Rod Nationals
Orv today with the very plaque he is holding in the photo from the 1st Street Rod Nationals. Job well done.

1st NSRA Street Rod Nationals Peoria … Identity Found

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In our May ’23 issue of Modern Rodding, we showcased a vintage photo and were able to identify several of the people in the photo. Unfortunately, we couldn’t identify who the recipient of the award was in the photo. The photo was taken at the awards ceremony of the 1st Rod & Custom Street Rod Nationals held on August 14-16, 1970, in Peoria, Illinois. Aside from the staff of Rod & Custom pulling duty it was also the Slo Poks Car Club out of Peoria who were instrumental in pulling off the first event. It wasn’t until a few street rod nationals later that the event carried the name it does to this day: the NSRA Street Rod Nationals. Technically the National Street Rod Association wasn’t created until after the first event.

Read More: 54th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals

However, our unknown street rodder mystery is solved. Tom and Robin Westrope from NorCal identified the award recipient as Orv Elgie who now lives in Oregon. He was receiving an award for his 1937 Ford Sedan Delivery, which for the past 44 years has resided with the Westropes. (Under the “I should have known category,” I’ve known Orv for decades but didn’t recognize him from back in the day. Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Orv and recall many of the early memories. —B.B.)

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04 With the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed serving as the backdrop you can see the parking lot is full
Make sure to grab a complimentary cup of coffee and a doughnut (or two) and make the rounds with your rodding buddies to check out what’s happening in the Lincoln, NE, area.

Speedway Motors Cars and Coffee

Speedway Motors is very excited about their latest Cars and Coffee event series held at the newly finished Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed that features an additional 90,000 square feet. This monthly event is held on the last Saturday of each month beginning in May and running through October. The one-day car show begins at 8 a.m. and closes at noon.

Read More: Jimmy Summers’ Timeless Ford Custom

05 full parking lot speedway motors museum of american speed cars and coffee
With the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed serving as the backdrop you can see the parking lot is full. What makes this particularly interesting and fun is the variety of cars and trucks that show up. Something for everyone.

Bring your specialty car and Speedway will provide free coffee and doughnuts. Also, by bringing your specialty car you will be given two complimentary vouchers to enter the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed. The current record for attendance is 700-plus cars. Now that’s an early morning gathering.

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For more info on the Speedway Motors Cars and Coffee event visit speedwaymotors.com/pages/carsandcoffee.

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