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Originally, the Chattanooga Cruise-In started life as an open house event for Coker Tire and Honest Charley Speed Shop. Customers could come down to the shop, and get the opportunity to tour the company and check out the history they have on hand. Sounds like gearhead heaven. Many people thought so...which eventually meant that the show outgrew the area. In 2019 the decision was made to move the show to the 275-acre Camp Jordan Park in town so that the city's districts weren't choked full of show cars. Care to guess how well that worked?
The 2019 show was a monster. The field was packed. And if the 2020 and 2021 shows had gone on as scheduled instead of being cancelled due to pandemic concerns, they would have been too, no doubt. So it was no surprise that cars flowed into the park as if a dam had broken on a gorgeous Saturday morning. The beautiful thing about the Chattanooga Cruise-In is that it is a show that is open to just about any and everything that's cool in the world of cars. You could see a hot-rodded Deuce coupe parked next to a old International truck with a 400-pound tow hook hanging off of the back, next to a slammed Cadillac lowrider, next to a Ferrari. If you couldn't find something you'd like, you weren't looking hard enough. Inside the Camp Jordan arena, vendors were set up, including Coker Tire themselves. Need food? Vendors were set up all around the park, so if you wanted to stick to a classic hamburger, a loaded-out funnel cake, a plate of nachos or a cup of freshly cut-up fruit, your hunger could be dealt with quickly.
What else is there to say? With the sun out, the trees in bloom and the waterfowl enjoying the surface of the Jack Dickert memorial pond, you couldn't get a more picturesque scene going if you had Norman Rockwell paint it for you.
Well, wouldn't you know it, even the Dukes couldn't stay away! Uncle Jesse and Boss Hogg had the General Lee at the show and were taking photos with the fans free of charge!
We dig the "old race car" vibe, and Joe Valicenti's 1963 Ford Fairlane nailed it! Sporting a Ronald Reed-built 289 and a four-speed nestled in a Redmon chassis, the Ford was one of the more wicked-looking machines on the property!
Even in the later hours of the show, Camp Jordan Parkway looked like a rolling car show with all sorts of machines trying to find a parking spot.