32nd Annual Shades of the Past

Shades of the Past 32nd Annual Hot Rod Roundup Photos and Article by Marty D. Crain




                  The Smoky Mountains have always held a magical ambiance with automobile lovers. I don’t know if it’s the cool morning mountain air, the twisting turning two lane turnpikes or if it runs much deeper into to souls of anyone that’s ever visited this part of the country but, whatever it is, everyone that’s ever driven the strip in Pigeon Forge or taken the short cruise up the mountain to Gatlinburg in their hot rod, longs to return.


                  Dan Draper, Bobby Alloway and all the members of the Shades of the Past car club have found a winning combination of vendors, swap meet and car show balance to provide one of the most anticipated events of the year at Dollywood’s Splash Country. The location is perfect with plenty of parking for the almost three thousand participants and with the awards area on Saturday held inside the park itself, the atmosphere is outstanding. September in the Smokey Mountains, it’s an American tradition.


                  For anyone serious about building a national award winning vehicle, this event that’s become known simply as, “The Shades” has become a “must win” event on their bucket list. No trophy case would be complete without a Top Twenty Five or “Shades” specialty award. For those that aren’t into awards and trophies, the allure of winning a turnkey ’32 Ford highboy, Rats Glass roadster built by Alloway’s rod shop, offered to all pre-registered participants or the $10,000.00 Cash Award that all participants are eligible to walk off with guarantees no one dares leave early. The winner of this year’s $10,000.00 prize was Rick Taylor of Leicester, NC and the turn key roadster went to Marty Spengler’s home in Boston, Georgia. This year’s 50/50 pot reached an almost unbelievable amount of nearly $25,000.00 with Edward Webb from Key Largo, Florida going home as the lucky winner.


                  So, if the thought of joining thousands of the greatest folks in the world, in the coolest area of the country surrounded by an absolute vivid cruise strips and mountain drives along beside a picturesque stream not to mention thousands of the finest rides on the planet doesn’t get your heat gauge in the red and your oil pressure needle pegged, well, it’s obvious, you’ve never been to the Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup. It’s not simply another rod run or car show, it’s an automotive extravaganza that’s simply a must attend event for all true motorheads!


                  The Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup #33 will be, Sept. 11th & 12 2015 once again at Dollywood’s Splash Country, I’ll see you there! For more information go to www.shadesofthepast.com   




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