Readers Machine Issue 23

photo credit: “Christopher Tilley”

The SM Junior section is arbitrarily for anyone young enough to get shafted on their insurance premiums. The National Street Rod Association have taken that one step further with a new membership scheme for younger rodders yet to reach their 30th birthday. Are you 18-29? Listen up…

“Those of you who are already NSRA members may have spotted that we have introduced a new under 29’s membership scheme. But for those who aren’t yet involved, this is your chance to spark that interest and passion in hot rodding!

“The new scheme will provide you access to the wealth of knowledge on the NSRA Forum, a way to get involved with others of a similar age at the NSRA shows and a social community outside of that. An NSRA Pre-29 group has been set up, and there is already talk of getting together at retro and rod shows to fly the flag for our hobby.

“As has always been the ethos of the NSRA, you don’t have to have a car to join; just a keen interest in all things pre-1972 rod and custom. Being part of the NSRA under 29’s may give you ideas on building your first rod, tips and techniques to get you through the awkward parts of the build, guidance on safety and areas to focus on, plus building on a budget and help to find parts. You could chat, offer lifts to shows or cruises, or just find a group of friends to meet up with or help with spannering on those long nights in the garage!

“So, what does the new NSRA Pre-29 membership get you? The scheme includes discounted annual single membership for 18-29-year-olds at £21, a £10 discount on entry to the NSRA Fun Run and NSRA Hot Rod Supernationals, access to the Pre-29 Members area on the NSRA Forum, plus all the benefits of the full NSRA membership. To find out more or to join online, go to”

The NSRA Pre-29s will be staging their first proper display at the Retro Rides Weekender at Goodwood over the weekend of May 17th-19th. Doubtless, that’ll be a tremendous event, so join up now and be a part of it or, if age 30 is but a distant and hazy memory (as it is for me), be sure to offer them your support!