By: Kayla Bremer
Thousands kicked off Memorial Day weekend by heading out to the Hot Rod Super Nationals.
It's the 5th year of the event in Lincoln, and a wet start to the day didn't keep people from bringing their hot rods out to show off at the Lancaster Events Center.
Over 1,500 car enthusiasts entered their vehicles in the Hot Rod Super Nationals.
For Greg and Derek Turner, the day is about showing off their newest project.
"We bought this car about three years ago, dug it out of a backyard of a fella that lost interest, took it home and we spent about 15 months on the thing, nights and weekends with my son and I," Greg Turner said.
The father and son built the car completely on their own. They did all the body work, all the sanding and all the painting by themselves and spent hours working together in the garage. They say rebuilding a car from scratch comes with its challenges.
"We had to take a break with our wrenches were flying and so forth, but we got through it and I think we all gained respect for one another over the process."
The Hot Rod Super Nationals gives other car enthusiasts the chance to come together and talk about their interest.
They're expecting more than 25,000 spectators over the two day event and they'll have plenty to check out.
"It's a horse power holiday, as we like to call it," Emily Boden, Marketing Manager of Family Events said. "It's just an opportunity over Memorial Day weekend for everyone to come to Lincoln, Neb. and check out all these cool hot rods."
For Greg and Derek, being surrounded by friends and other hot rod participants keeps them coming back every year.
"Just everybody getting their cars together, just a big family basically," Derek Turner said.
The Hot Rod Super Nationals continue through tomorrow until 3:30 p.m.