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Kevin Wright, of Burbank, gets a close look at the engine in this 1952 Henry J automobile at the Kern County Fairgrounds during the Western Street Rod Nationals in 2010.

How many Western Street Rod Nationals have their been, total? 37. How many have been in Bakersfield? 27.

And the National Street Rod Association is in no hurry to fix what clearly isn't broken: This weekend, more than 2,000 specialty vehicles will roll into town, treating spectators to the sights and sounds of some of the best-constructed, most beautiful vintage automobiles ever to gather in one place.

The vehicles, all manufactured in the '50s, '60s and '70s, will feature nearly every make, model and style and will be driven from all over the United States.

There will be street rods, cool customs, pickups, restored muscle cars and pro-touring cars.

A variety of activities are on the agenda, including games for kids and adults, a Women's World arts & crafts show, quilt show, Saturday evening entertainment, night-time cruisin', and a non-denominational church service on Sunday.

The NSRA also will give away thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise and there will be three drawings for $3,000 cash.

To be eligible to win any of the prizes, register as a participant of the 2013 Western Street Rod Nationals Plus. For more, visit

On Sunday, the award-winning vehicles of the 37th annual NSRA Western Street Rod Nationals Plus will be on display at the Circle of Winners awards area.