1st Annual Smokin’ Rodz in the Smokies Car Show

1st Annual  Smokin’ Rodz in the Smokies Car Show

During the second week in Aug. 2016, there were dozens of Street Rodders motoring through the curvey mountain roads of western North Carolina on their way to the town of Maggie Valley.  They were on their way to the First Annual Smokin’ Rodz in the Smokies car show.  The show was presented by Vintage Street Rodders of America which promotes driving and maintaining your street rod.  Because of this, most of the Pre-49 cars were driven to the show from fourteen different states.  The show was held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds which is in the center of Maggie Valley surrounded by the most picturesque mountains known to man.  The temperatures for the two day show ranged from the high 70’s to the low 80’s.  Not bad for a week end in August. 

On Thursday, the early birds were treated to a Cruise-in at the Wheels Through Time Museum where they had a meet and greet with Dale Walksler, the owner and star of the TV Series “What’s in the Barn” on the History Channel.  All the registered participants and vendors were admitted free to the Museum which houses nearly 400 collectable motorcycles and a few very rare cars. 

On Friday, Ron Goben, our Northeast Director, presented a Street Rod Building Seminar on Air Conditioning to some of our interested participants.  The Street Rodders in attendance learned how to keep their Street Rod cool.  At four o-clock we staged rods to get ready for our cruise over the mountain to Harrahs Casino.  We had a very nice cruise over the mountain to Harrahs where some tried their hands at trying to beat the money machines and some just went to find a nice place to dine.  As far as we know, no one struck it rich!

Dwight Cass, who is in the Georgia Moonshiner’s Hall of Fame, was our featured guest at the show.  Dwight brought his heavily modified 1940 Ford Moonshine car.  The participants and spectators were entertained by the old moonshine stories told by Dwight.  Dwight’s moonshine car featured very heavy suspension that has eight shocks to carry the extra load.  The car has a Cadillac engine with two fours built by Junior Johnson in 1957.    

Saturday was a very busy day with more street rods and spectators pouring through the gates.  The spectators had plenty to do by checking out the awesome street rods and  shopping the swap meet area.  Ron Goben also presented another Street Rod Building Seminar on Overheating Problems.   The information Ron provided will help the Street Rodder’s Street Rod run cool.  

We had our VSRA meeting at four o-clock where everyone was unanimous on returning to Maggie Valley in 2017.  VSRA gives out two special awards each year.  They are the Pioneer Award and the Street Rodder of the Year Award.  The Pioneer Award is given to a member who has been a long time street rodder and one who is always willing and able to help his fellow street rodder.  Roger Campbell, one of our North Carolina Reps. was presented the Pioneer Award.  The Street Rodder of the Year Award went to Jim and Shelia Whipp for driving their 41 Chevy over 12,000 miles in 2016.  After the meeting, our Reps. presented the twenty-five VSRA Picks.  Gary Dilley from Eagle Rock, Va. was  presented the Featured Car Award for 2017.  This means Gary’s highly modified 36 Ford will be featured on all of the 2017 Maggie Valley flyers and T-shirts.  Gary and his wife, Tammy drove their 36 Ford from Eagle Rock, Va. to Maggie Valley with open headers.  Our show this year will be on August 11 and 12.

For all of you True Street Rodders who love the Pre-49 cars and truck, you need to check out Vintage Street Rodders of America by going to vsra-usa.com.  

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