The return of autumn brings with it a bevy of traditions, like football on weekends, kids back in classrooms and pumpkin-flavored, well, everything. For those in the custom car community, fall brings along a new tradition to look forward to: the NRA Car & Truck Show at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.
Now in its third year, the NRA Car & Truck Show, scheduled for Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., returns bigger and better than ever. Michael Johns, the General Manager of the NRA Range and event organizer, said he expects up to 400 of the region’s best antique, muscle and custom cars and trucks to roll into the expanded show area this year, drawing in thousands of enthusiasts.
The 2017 show will feature twice as many show spots for vehicles, as well as new vendors and sponsors, including Cabela’s, 5.11 Tactical and American Muscle.
Special guest Dan Short, owner of FantomWorks and star of Discovery Network's Velocity Channel, will choose and award the first-ever “FantomWorks Best of Show” trophy to one deserving vehicle.
The excitement doesn’t end with the hot rods and tricked-out trucks. Local firearms retailer and gunsmith 50 West Armory will conduct drawings for prizes during the show, and guests will be able to join or renew their NRA membership on site. Additionally, the NRA National Firearms Museum will offer free guided tours on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and guests can grab a bite at the NRA Café, which will be open throughout the duration of the show.
Johns said it’s extremely important for owners who want to showcase their vehicle to pre-register as early as possible, as spaces are filling fast. Only pre-registered vehicle owners will have the chance to win one of 100 “swag bags” through random drawings.
All proceeds from registrations at the NRA Car & Truck Show support vital NRA programs, as well as next year’s event. No pets are allowed, except for service animals, and guests must refrain from handling firearms on the property except inside the NRA Range in accordance with range rules. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at the show.
Interested in showcasing your wheels at the NRA Car & Truck Show? Register by emailing Michael Johns at [email protected], with your vehicle year, make, model and a photo. For additional information, email Johns or call (703) 267-1489. Be sure to follow and “like” the NRA Range on Facebook!