Memory Lane Car Show

“Memory Lane” is a 1950s nostalgia-style park that Otis and Kathy Eldridge have put together over many years in their backyard near Rogersville, TN. It all started with an antique-filled country store replica that was built in the late 1990s. Every year the Eldridges added a new authentic 1950s attraction to “Memory Lane”, such as a stainless steel diner; an old Texaco station; the actual Rogersville Roxy Theater marquee; a couple of car dealerships; a country church; a fully furnished post-WWII prefabricated Lustron home; an airport hangar and a covered bridge, just to name a few.

For many years the Eldridge’s have hosted a car show and nostalgia festival on “Memory Lane” the Saturday before Memorial Day, an event that grew to more than 1,000 classic cars and more than 10,000 visitors. It is always more than a car show because all the antique-filled attractions were open to the public, it was literally a trip down Memory Lane. 

When I attended the May 2015 Memory Lane organized by Random Rods, I did not know what to expect. I was blown away by the huge turn out of vehicles from over a 4 state region that wanted to take part in this time warp to the 50’s on the Eldridge’s property. Plenty of participants had pre-registered for the show to have a shot at the $500 cash drawing.  There is so much space on the property to park at least a thousand vehicles! The music played by Koto “King of the Oldies” fit right into the “Memory Lane” grounds. There were drawings and awards at 5 pm and right at dark there was a car related movie to be played for those that wanted to stay late. I had a great time for my visit to “Memory Lane” and was looking forward to the 2016 show but host club Random Rods recently announced there will be no Memory Lane Show in 2016. We can always hope it comes back for 2017.

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