Rod runs galore dot local calendar

By Jim Callicott

The mayhem and madness continues through September and October. Rod runs are running all over the place. Yes, the community just survived Shades of the Past and the Pigeon Forge Rod Run, but let us take a closer look at what’s lingering around the corner.

Next up would have been Fast Cars & Mason Jars Moonshine Festival on September 26 and 27 at the Ole Smoky Distillery in Gatlinburg. This event celebrates the relationship between moonshine and the cars that delivered the goods. I just wonder how one can have a car show in Gatlinburg when there is barely room for the regular traffic.

No need to worry though, the show is canceled. The distillery issued the following statement, “Due to the demands in opening our second moonshine distillery at The Island in Pigeon Forge around the same time, we regret to announce that we will not be having our Second Annual Moonshine Festival in Gatlinburg this year. Our Second Annual Moonshine Festival will resume in 2015.” Sorry guys, but it can’t be the second annual festival next year since you skipped it this year. Or, in other words, it isn’t annual until it is annual.

Circle Yer Wagons is a Volkswagen show and swap meet that really should be held at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. Instead, it will be situated on the Sevier County Fair Grounds on October 4 and 5. If one likes the classic beetle or was ever a hippie in a VW van, this show is for you.

Other VW events include a Miss Circle Yer Wagon beauty pageant; this involves females and not cars, free car washes with supplies furnished, free truck and trailer parking, camping on the fair grounds and free bathing in the river.

Even the local high school is getting in on the act with the16th Annual Smoky Bear Open Car/Motorcycle Show & Silent Auction, located at Sevier County High School. Just about anything mounted on wheels is included in the event. Everything from motorcycles, specialty cars, specialty trucks, street machines, antiques, street rods, hot rods, low riders and probably a few Fords. All this excitement occurs on October 12.

The following weekend, October 17 and 18, is when the rich boys’ toys comes to town. We’re talking about the fall Corvette Expo at the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies water park resort. From classic Stingrays to whatever else they’re selling this year will all be on display. Last year’s expo drew approximately 4,000 patrons. Jeff Lutz from the Discovery channel’s “Street Outlaws” will be on hand both days.

Jeff will be bringing his newest creation to the event, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air that only weighs 2,493 pounds and is built of fiberglass and other composite materials. The car is equipped with a 632 cubic inch aluminum block motor which turns over 3,000 horsepower. That means if you blink when he passes by, you’ll miss it.

The 25th annual Hudson’s in the Heartland will close out the rod run season for this year. The event will be at the Vacation Inn on the Parkway on October 23 to the 26. The Hudson Motor Company had an interesting history. The first Hudson was built in 1909 and the last one rolled off the assembly line in 1957. In 1954, Hudson merged with the Nash Motor Company and became known as American Motor Company (AMC). The president of AMC when the last Hudson rolled off the line was George W. Romney, father of Mitt Romney. AMC was later sold to Chrysler which has kept mechanics in business ever since.

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