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Street rods pull into Essex Jct. for the weekend

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"The cars are all different -- there are no specs -- you just build what you want. This is a '32 roadster -- 'High Boyd' is what they call it," said Bob Rotondo.

Rotondo and his wife Susan have been coming to the National Street Rod Association car show in Essex Junction for years. They say they love turning heads in their hot rod.

"It's a lot of work -- many, many hours -- and then it's fun to just drive. And this one is open car, so it's a lot of fun," Susan Rotondo said.

The car is one of more than 1,600 antique beauties at the Champlain Valley Expo. From old to new, there was no shortage in horsepower.

"So now, you see not only the street rods, but you'll see the classic cars from the 50's and 60's -- muscle cars from the 60's and 70's, and a little something for everyone," said
Jim Rowlett with the National Street Rod Association.

This year marks the 20th annual show, and it was one of the biggest yet. Organizers estimate 5 to 10 thousand spectators will venture through the three day car show. Despite some rain, the show is on track to bring in even more people than last year. Some traveled across the nation for the show -- including dozens of vendors.

"We are on the road about 155 or 156 days traveling -- going to shows," said Richard Hart.
The Vendor says he goes to some of the biggest car shows in the nation selling antique parts. He says this show doesn't bring in the big bucks, but he wouldn't miss it. "Just the idea of being able to be in a pretty place like this -- we enjoy it. And of course the people are friendly and we have lots of Canadian friends that come down here," he said.

The National Street Rod Association does 11 events across the nation. Rowlett says despite the many miles that separate the shows, these car buffs have found a home away from home.
"It's like a family reunion with cars, so we come here every year and we see folks here that we won't see any other part of the country, and that's what it becomes," he said.

But above all, people flock to the show each year to see the muscle, classic and flaming hot rod cars.

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