Cruise-Ins pretty much dominate my summer. There are very few weekends between May and September that I’m not at least doing a quick walk-through at one. And then there’s winter… when car gatherings are few and far between. At least I don’t live “up north” where people are forced to put their vehicles in storage for months but still, I hate winter and it’s impact on the car and motorcycle culture.
Every year, there is one show that kind of represents the end of the cruise-in season to the locals in the Nashville area. It’s put on by Wilson Bank & Trust in Lebanon, Tennessee and typically draws a huge crowd… partly because enthusiasts know it’s one of the last hurrahs of the year. I spent a few hours wandering this year’s event today and took a ton of photos… and it was awesome! Here are 9 of those photos. I’ll post more on my Facebook page. it’s been a good summer!
Two of my favorite things in the world are classic automobiles and vintage motorcycles. And when you combine them both into one event… well, that’s a pretty good day. Today I made my way to The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee for the 27th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show, sponsored by the Battlefield Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. But it get’s better… this years show was held in conjunction with the Music City Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. That’s right… a beautiful day filled with classic automobiles and vintage motorcycles…. all in the same place. I could go on about how heavenly that is, but I’ll just shut up and let you enjoy some of my photos.
Streetside Classics opened their Nashville showroom several weeks ago but today they made it official by hosting their grand opening car show. Nashville is the fifth location for the Charlotte, NC. based business. Other locations include Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Tampa. Specializing in consignment, purchase, and the sale of classic and collectible cars, the Nashville showroom (as well as the other four locations) keeps a literal warehouse full of inventory and will ship worldwide. Enjoy my photos from the show and check out Streetside Classics on-line at www.streetsideclassics.com.
I got to check out the Southern Traditions (Spring Redneck Rumble) this weekend. Here’s a bunch of photos. Lot’s of trucks this year!
I just completed a series of show posters for my buds over at Both Barrels Promotions. I love working with these guys because it gets me out of the typical “corporate” designer mode and into an “anything goes” kind of mode. I had a blast with these. And BTW… if you are in the area, check out the shows. Both Barrels are seriously the best promoters in the region.
The weather has not be cooperating with the local cruise-in scene here in Middle Tennessee lately. Tonight we were overcast and it’s pretty freakin’ cold. Still, myself and about 20 other guys made their way to the local Sonic for the Saturday night festivities. I’m glad I did, just so I could see this family enjoying themselves. They were giving Otis some love… mom was snapping pictures and the excited young men were having a good old time looking at the cars and trucks., I love to see families out together enjoying a car show.
Otis liked the attention… But the real star of the evening was this beautiful, completely restored 1957 Chevy pickup. WOW!
An of course… I’m obligated to photo any third gen Corvettes I see. Here’s a nice ’73 model in Corvette Yellow. (Yep… looks Gold, but that’s what Chevrolet called it.)
Friday night in Middle Tennessee was cloudy with splotches of rain. Still, I made my way to the local cruise-in for a few minutes to see what was going on. Not much… but I did find this beauty. I like to think I am pretty traveled with automobiles, but I had never seen one of these in person. It’s a 1965 VW “Notchback” which were never sold in the USA. Pretty cool… and nicely restored by a guy who told me it was nothing but a “shell” when he got it.