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Fear & Loading: Muscle Coming to NRA Headquarters

Fear & Loading:  Muscle Coming to NRA Headquarters

OK, it’s not like it sounds, but there’ll be no shortage of muscle cars when the Third Annual NRA Car & Truck Show takes place Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va. Michael Johns, the General Manager of the NRA Range and event organizer anticipates this year it will attract 400 of the region’s best custom, antique and high-performance cars and trucks along with thousands of loyal enthusiasts.

There’s no telling what you’ll see, perhaps even one of those push-button-automatic transmission 1957 DeSotos, with that spacious back seat you homesteaded at the drive-in movies—even though you were behind the wheel when you arrived, if you get my drift. Whatever happened to Gidget?

Unfortunately, there won’t be any grainy Godzilla reruns, stale popcorn or boat anchor-sized speakers to hang on windows, but you will enjoy 5.11 Tactical, American Muscle and Cabela’s, among others, showcasing their wares. Dan Short, star of Discovery Network’s Velocity Channel and owner of FantomWorks, will also be on hand to award the first-ever “FantomWorks Best of Show” trophy to one lucky vehicle owner.

Drawings will be held by 50 West Armory, free guided tours through the National Firearms Museum take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the NRA Café will be open. You can also join, renew or upgrade your NRA membership while you’re drooling over that car you couldn’t afford back in the day, when gas was 19 cents a gallon and the milk man delivered, if you get my drift.

Proceeds from the show will support vital NRA programs and help fund next year’s event. Antique-, muscle- and custom-car owners interested in showcasing their ride and competing for the inaugural trophy should e-mail Johns at [email protected] to reserve a spot. Space is limited—sort of like the back rows at a drive in—so act fast.

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