by Jason J. Brown - Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The NRA Range hosted the second NRA Car & Truck Show Sunday, Sept. 25, building on the success of the inaugural event last year and showcasing a plethora of impressive custom vehicles.
According to Michael Johns, the NRA Range General Manager, the show boasted more than 250 vehicles, beyond the 200-vehicle cap established in order to fit the NRA Headquarters above-ground parking deck. As some show car owners left throughout the afternoon, Johns said other eager aficionados brought their customs to fill in the gaps.
Classic muscle cars, tricked-out trucks and custom rides from across the region were on display at the show, including strong representation from the Virginia Camaro Club, Southern Maryland Mustang Club, Maryland Area Mopars, and the National Capital Region Mustang Club, among others.
Overall, more than 2,000 guests attended the car and truck show, which also featured prizes for best in show, giveaways, music, vendor displays and free guided tours of the NRA National Firearms Museum. Johns said the weather was flawless, as a noticeably cooler, sunny early autumn afternoon provided an ideal setting for the predominantly outdoor event.
The NRA Range benefitted from the abundance of visitors, having distributed special “show-only” passes to guests to use the world-class range at a discounted rate. Additionally, the NRA National Firearms Museum brought in a significantly larger-than-normal crowd, recording a 350 percent increase versus average visitor estimates.
Johns also thanked local vendors for their support and presence at the show, which was well received by attendees. 50 West Armory, a firearms dealer in neighboring Chantilly, even hosted a drawing during the show, giving away three guns valued at more than $2,000.
The significant increase in visitors, show cars and vendors is a surefire indicator of the success of the show and its popularity in and beyond Fairfax. Several happy attendees shared their pleasure via social media and emails to Johns following the show.
“Wanted to say a big ‘Thank You’ for a great show. What a great collection of cars, old, new, imports, domestics, exotic, ordinary… the variation of cars was one of the best I've seen. Everyone was friendly, open and really a car enthusiast. It appeared that some of the ‘car show ego’ you normally see was checked at the door,” said Facebook commenter Steve M. “The biggest thing was how nice the NRA people were. Other clubs and organizations should take a page from your playbook on how to run a show and make everyone feel welcome.”
Couldn’t make it to the show? Check out these photos from this year's NRA Car & Truck Show, and visit the NRA Range on Facebook for more photos from the event!