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WILSON COUNTY BANK & TRUST OKTOBERFEST

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I made my way to Lebanon, Tennessee this afternoon to check out the Wilson County Bank & Trust Oktoberfest… which happens to host one of the largest antique vehicle shows in the area. It’s a great family oriented event that includes not only a great car show but live music, art contests, crafts, and a lot more. Here are just a few pics of vehicles that particularly caught my eye.

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CORVETTE EXPO

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The 37th Corvette Expo took place in Sevierville, Tennessee this weekend, so I combined a little business and fun, to check it out. The event included a Park N Show, Sales Corral, a cruise of the Smokies, a huge Swap Meet and a decent sized Auction. I wandered around for a few hours and enjoyed the show cars. I even found a hard-to-find trim part for my car, at the Swap meet, for about 1/4 the cost of a replacement part. The auction was interesting. From what I saw, the cars that sold were going for pretty fair prices. For example… the white 91 C4, shown in line below, sold for a bid of $3,750. A pretty nice car at a pretty good price.

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Here are some random photos from the day. If you are a Corvette fan, I’d highly recommend this show. The horrid Sevierville traffic is a pain for sure… but in the end it’s worth fighting to get to the Expo.

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YOU DON’T LOOK A DAY OVER 37

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Corvette people are weird… well, you know, in a good sort of way. They do crazy things like check engine blocks, bodies and frames to see if the stamped VIN numbers all match. They are overly concerned with color codes and if a car has been repainted or not. It’s all cool though… I understand it. In fact, I personally know all the details on this beautiful 1977 model. Including the fact that it was brought to life on October 9, 1976, in St. Louis, Missouri… weighing in at a whopping 3,650 pounds and measuring 185.2 inches long. So, it’s only appropriate that today, I say happy 38th birthday my friend… you don’t look a day over 37.

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AACA – A DIFFERENT KIND OF CLUB

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There are a lot of car clubs around Middle Tennessee. Most are brand/model specific but the Antique Automobile Club of America is different. AACA is a National organization that dates back to 1936. There are chapters all over the USA and they are open to all brands, models and years of vehicles. In fact, you don’t even have to own a vehicle to be a member of AACA. You basically just have to love cars.

Because of these guidelines… AACA car shows typically draw a very wide range of vehicles. I attended one today, just outside of Nashville, and saw a little bit of everything including classic muscle cars, vintage Jaguars, “A” Model Fords and more. Here’s a few pics.

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IS THAT THING FOR SALE?

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After an extended Sunday evening drive in the Vette… I noticed a black Cadillac SUV with blacked out windows following me the last mile or so. I wasn’t sure if it was secret service or not, but things got a little more weird when I turned into my sub division and the SUV quickly turned in behind me. About a block in, I pulled over to the side of the road to see what would happen… and sure enough, the SUV stops right next to me. As the passenger window slowly lowered, I heard a voice asking… “Is that thing for sale?” It seems the young lad was so taken by it’s beauty that buying the car crossed his mind. He began asking a lot of questions. Wanted to know what year it was, etc.,  and was surprised the car was an automatic because it “sounded like a 4-speed from the last light.” (I often shift my TH400 manually.)

In the end… I’m sure he wasn’t all that serious about buying it, but I felt good that the old C3 turned a head and maybe inspired a soon-to-be Corvette enthusiast. Is the car for sale? No way… I’ll just be backing it into the garage, wiping it down, covering it up, and keeping it for another 20 or 30 years!

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SOMETHING WAS REALLY BUGGIN’ ME TODAY!

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Until a few months ago, I was unaware there was a Volkswagen club located close to me here in Middle Tennessee. I should have known, I suppose, but since I’m not really in the VW circles, I just wasn’t aware. The Wolfsburg Alliance of Middle Tennessee states that their mission is…”To bring the Volkswagen community together in our area.” And they certainly did that today with a fine show. It was well organized and a lot of fun. Here’s a few pics I took and if you’d like to see more, visit my Photobucket gallery here.

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METROPOLITAN

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When I spotted this car at the local cruise-in this week, I wasn’t quite sure what it was. But, the “M” logos on the hubcaps quickly “jogged” my memory and I realized I was looking at a Metropolitan. I remember my dad talking about these early “compact” cars and had read a little about them at some point, but I don’t remember ever having seen one in person.

This example had been expertly restored so, of course, I started taking several pictures with my trusty Canon. And the more I looked, the more impressed I became. Literally every inch of this car was like new and in pristine condition.

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My interest was definitely peaked, so I did a little research when I got back to a computer. Here’s what I discovered:

The Metropolitan was offered from 1954 through 1961. This example would have to be somewhere between 1959 and 1961 given it’s external trunk lid, which was not available prior to 1959. The car was initially conceived by Nash Motors who commissioned an innovative designer named George Mason to create a basic transportation vehicle that would be easy on the pocket book both at the dealer and the gas pump.

Today the Metropolitan has become a sought after collectors item. You can find out a lot more about these cars and the growing passion for them by visiting the Metropolitan Owners Club of North America on-line at www.mocna.com.

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