Rod Sabourys just- finished 63 split- window Corvette is the best example weve seen yet of Pro Street meeting Pro Touring. Rod Sabourys just- finished 63 split- window Corvette is the best example we Tubbed with fat tires and a Z06 Corvette LS6 engine, this gorgeous car bridges the generations. We still cant see how a guy could cut up a split-window Vette, though. Tubbed with fat tires and a Z06 Corvette LS6 engine, this gorgeous car bridges the gener A highlight for us was seeing Petersen Publishing founder Robert E. Petersen and his wife, Margie, who were the guests of honor during the weekends festivities, and received a special recognition award. Uncle Pete started selling Hot Rod magazine for 50 cents a copy out of the back of a station wagon during dry lake races in 1948 before launching Car Craft in 1953. A highlight for us was seeing Petersen Publishing founder Robert E. Petersen and his wif Many past Street Machine of the Year award winners were welcomed back for the SMNs Silver Anniversary, including Scott Sullivans Pro Street 67 Nova. Many past Street Machine of the Year award winners were welcomed back for the SMNs S What follows is a raft of shots we took at the Nats. In addition to being the preeminent celebration of the Pro Street movement, the annual Street Machine Nationals also has the distinction of being the car show thrown out of the most cities in America. Well, maybe asked not to return is a better way to put it. How could a car show get into so much trouble? Youd have to have been at one of the early events to understand, but lets put it this way: Throughout most of its 25-year history, uncontrolled burnout contests held anywhere, anytime, were the norm; shirts were optional for men and women; and the highlight of one of the first Nationals held in Indianapolis was a riot that resulted in a police car going up in flames. And guess what? Car Craft started it all. Thats right. Launched during the high point of the Pro Street movement in 1977, the goings-on at the Street Machine Nationals mirrored the essence of the eras over-the-top proclivities as reported on by this magazine. The disco era was in full swing and so were fat tires, chromed blowers soaring through holes in hoods, and gaudy pastel paint jobs emblazoned with garish graphics. But just as Pro Street has mellowed, so has the annual car event that became virtually synonymous with Car Craft and the street machine ethic. While we eventually parted ways with the show in the early 90s, its organizers continued the tradition of over-the-top events even as it be-bopped to a series of locations across the Midwest, including DuQuoin and East St. Louis, Illinois, and Springfield, Missouri. After a one-year cooling-off period in 2000, the Street Machine Nationals, wiser and more level-headed in its old age, was welcomed back to Indianapolis for its 25th Anniversary. This years event reflected the state of the Pro Street movement: older, tamer, and less out of control. For more information on the location and dates for next years Street Machine Nationals, contact The Promotion Co./Special Events, 804 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204-1196, 317/236-6522, www.familyevents.com. Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!