By Matt Williams
Once again the time of year has arrived when the nation’s finest hot rods, antiques, mini trucks, rat rods and pretty much any variation of collectible vehicles roll into town. During the month of September, Pigeon Forge is filled to the brim with all sorts of automotive enthusiasts that have come to be a part of the excitement that is made up of two shows, the Shades of the Past show and the Pigeon Forge Rod Run (formerly the Grand Run).
The Shades of the Past show takes place from September 11–12, 2015 at the Dollywood’s Splash Country parking lot. This event showcases some of the finest vehicles built from the beginning of the automotive industry all the way up until those built in 1972. The grand prize at this year’s show will be a ‘32 Ford Hi-boy Roadster built by Alloways, with the second prize being $10,000.
The awards for the 2015 event will include: Best of Show (to be chosen by the Top 25 winners), the prestigious Best Street Cruiser along with Best Street Rod, Best Street Machine, Top 25 Awards, Detroit Speed and Engineering Modern Muscle Award, Shades Mighty Muscle Picks, Soffseal Mighty Muscle Pick, Street Rodder Top 100 (sponsored by Painless Performance), Street Rodder Best Ford in a Ford (sponsored by Ford Racing) and Specialty Awards. ET Motorgear will be on site with the official event wearing apparel for the 2015 event.
The Pigeon Forge Rod Run will take place from September 17–19, 2015 at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. This show features street machines of all makes and models. There will be two celebrity guests attending the 2015 event, Cristy Lee (from “All Girls Garage,” the X Games and the Barrett-Jackson auction) and Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster from the 1960’s television show “The Munsters”). Participants and spectators will be invited to enter a Eddie Munster costume contest with cool prizes for the winner. Also on display will be the legendary vehicles from the Munster’s, The Dragula and The Koach. Other awards at the show include King of the Hill (outside judging only), Top 25 Awards, Ultimate 5 Awards and door prizes. There will be a total of $10,000 cash given away to show participants. Make sure to check out the vendors and swap meet to find that hard-to-find part to finish your own hot rod. ET Motorgear will have T-shirts at the event site and on the strip selling official event merchandise.
These two shows have become a staple of the community, bringing thousands of visitors into town for almost two solid weeks. Many people book their hotel a year in advance to get the perfect spot on the strip. If locals do not wish to participate in the Rod Run festivities, we recommend they take as many back roads as possible on the days that the show is taking place. For more information on Shades of the Past, please visit ShadesOfThePast.com. For information on the Pigeon Forge Rod Run, visit RodRun-PigeonForge.com.