TN Car Shows Review
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The Car Show Stats and Overview
Participants: 125 (Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles)
Awards: Trophy (1st, 2nd, & 3rd)
Specialty Awards: Best Car of Show, Best Truck of Show, Best Bike of Show, Best GM, Best Mopar, Best Ford, Mayor’s Pick, Farthest Driven, Best Flames or Stripes
Registration: 9 am – 11 am/$15.00
Judging: Point System after Registration Ended
Dash Plaques: Yes
Name of Car Show: Westmoreland Area Chamber of Commerce Car & Motorcycle Show
Organization Hosting the Show: Westmoreland Area Chamber of Commerce
City & State: Westmoreland, TN
Date of the Show: September 22, 2012
|O. Sports Cars|
|Q. Special Interest Vehicle|
|P. Rat Rods||Stock|
|Q. Special Interest Vehicle|
|AA. Hand Built Custom|
|With or Without Custom Wheels & Tires|
|With or Without Custom Front End|
|May Have After Market Motor|
|BB. Touring – Full Faron & Bags|
|DD. Sporty – Sport Bike Met., V Rods, Buels|
Notes from the registration form:
Stock-Type Interior & Trunk
**Points will be deducted During Judging for any Modification from Stock**
Paint & Body Modifications
From the prospective of Car Show Source
Westmoreland, TN is a small town found at the end of highway 31E before leaving the state of Tennessee and crossing over into Kentucky. I had the pleasure of growing up in Westmoreland and look forward to the car show they host every year. It gives me an opportunity to catch up with childhood friends. Also allows me the chance to travel down memory lane as I drive to the car show and cruise down the very streets that I would ride my bicycle on as a child. It becomes a bitter sweet experience. At times it’s hard to accept the changes made to the landscape as Westmoreland has grown through the years…..and yes, believe it or not….This sleepy little town was smaller at one time.
Saturday’s weather felt like something out of a story book. No overcast, instead we had rather clear sky’s of blue and a wonderful temperature that stayed around 75-80 degrees all day.
Usually, I like to include in my reports the ease of finding the car show location. For example, signs around town that helps guide you to the event. But, I have to confess on this car show. Because it was my home town. I didn’t take time to make note of any signage leading to the car show. I also didn’t drive onto the show field as directed by the volunteers of the show directing traffic. This is my third year participating in the show and I learned from my first experience. My car drags when I enter the show field at the entrance. So, I have started driving into the field from a different side. Perhaps, someone can leave a comment to their experience finding the show and how well they “did or did not” like the entrance to the car show.
The car show was held at the “Ricky Woodard Community Park”. The grounds are fairly well kept and can host about 150 cars or so. It’s not a huge field and Saturday almost ran at full capacity with 125 cars, trucks & motorcycles. The spaces for parking cars are marked off with short yellow stripes and offer a generous size “slot” for our cars. Unlike other car shows…not to point them out…but, the guys at “Oktoberfest” can certainly take notes. The area around the cars allowed enough room for “foot traffic” and that is very important to the car show percipient. You are also allowed to park anywhere you would like on the field. I even had the opportunity to use some of our chairs to reserve some spaces for friends that would be arriving to the show later.
This car show like most others offers up burgers, hot dogs and various drinks. Yes, they did have coffee and I enjoyed a cup or two myself. Because it is a “city park” they have a small playground area available for the younger “gear heads” to enjoy. Centrally located in the park is the pavilion where the awards are handed out and the announcer gave a “play by play” of the days events. Restrooms are available onsite. However, from my understanding and according to a few comments I had heard. They may have been less then desirable if someone had to utilize the facilities while at the show.
Registration was fairly easy and pretty cheap at $15.00 per car. I have been taken back with the cost of other shows registration fees this year. It wasn’t too long ago, typical registration cost for most shows were $10-$15. Other car shows this year have been north of $20-$25 per car and some didn’t offer a discount for multiple cars at the higher rates. It is always nice to do a car show that’s still affordable to participate in. Registration was available to you when you pulled into the show field or you had the option to park your car first then go back and register.
With a registration window of 2 hours, the park began to fill up very quickly. I personally forgot that we only had a two hour window to get our cars prepped for judging. I had to put on my game face and buckle down with my rags and cleaner. I almost spent too much time socializing with our “car show circuit” friends before 11:00 when Judging started.
When registration was over and the judging started. It was time for us to seek out the winner for the “Best Flames or Stripes” award. My wife and I had decided to sponsor a category for this car show and we (my wife) pretty much made up her on class. She decided to make it a “Best Flames” class. For me, I like old school pin striping and my wife likes flames. This was the first time we had sponsored a category for any car show and I have to say. I really like the thought of sponsoring a “Best of Class”. This leaves the doors wide open for us to pick something based solely off of our taste. No argument can be had in regards of points one way or the other. It strictly comes down to what car or truck I like the best with some custom artwork that just has to have recognition. With my wife looking for her pick for flames and me looking for my pick of pin striping. The search began and off we went into a sea of cars and trucks. I found my pick and my wife found hers. Then it was time for us to state our argument for which one should get the award. I showed her my choice and was ready to do battle for my pick. When she showed me the one she liked the best with flames. I couldn’t put up any argument for my choice of stripes. She had found David Carter’s 1953 GM 3600. This is a wonderfully done truck with very well done ghost flames. This was certainly something that was right up my alley. The ghost flames on the exterior of the truck were subtle and not over bearing to the truck. The “flame” theme carried over into the engine bay and interior of the truck. Who ever performed the work certainly had paid attention to detail and took their time to perform the work. I think most people would agree, this was a good pick for the award at this show.
It was rather fun picking out a “Best of” category and we (Car Show Source) plan to make this a tradition at the Westmoreland Car Show. I am looking forward to doing it again next year.
Now that registration was over. It was time to set back and relax for the rest of the evening. A few friends from www.svtgarage.com made it up to Westmoreland this year. We had Steve from Hendersonville, TN with his 2010 Red Mustang GT convertible. Dan brought out his 2010 Grabber Blue GT500 all the way from Shelbyville, TN. Bryan came out in his 2011 Black GT500 from White House, TN. Semekia also manage to make it up from Hendersonville, TN in her 2011 White Roush Mustang GT. A local to Westmoreland was Randal Love in his 2012 Grabber Blue Mustang GT. Last but not least, another native to Westmoreland, TN. Tina Thompson with her 2010 Camaro SS is also a member of www.svtgarage.com While Tina’s car is not of a Ford brand. She has been accepted into the Ford community as is and is nicknamed “Brand X” on the www.svtgarage.com website.
Throughout the year we have made a lot of friends at various car shows. I managed to catch up with one particular group of friends Saturday. This would be the “Rat Pack”. This is a nickname that I gave them because they remind me of the original “Rat Pack” from the 60″s. They don’t take things serious and always remind you that a car show should be about meeting people and having fun. They are a group of friends that usually park together and just kick back to enjoy the day. Typically they are very easy to find, all you have to do is listen for the group of people that have a lot of laughter and almost sounds like a party is going on. They are always cutting up and making jokes, and they have always had a very upbeat approach to any topic of discussion.
The lineup of Tennessee’s very own “Rat Pack” is….. Don & Elliott, Dean, Jimmy & Roy.
My wife managed to find time to take a few photos of them next to their cars and trucks. While writing this review, I debated with going in depth about each ones vehicle. But, I don’t think it would have the same effect as you hearing it yourself from them. If you see any of them at a car show, make sure you take time and get to know each one. It is not an experience you will soon forget and you will certainly make a friend for life. It’s truly a pleasure each time I get a chance to meet up with the “Rat Pack”.
Another person that I always see at car shows throughout Tennessee is the owner of this immaculate 1956 Chevy Bel Air. His name is Richard and his car is done in the loving memory of his wife. Richard has become a staple in the car show community and I always enjoy seeing him show up at any event. Hopefully in the near future I will be able to spend more time with Richard and do a “Car Show Source one on one interview”. I believe Richard has a great story of life, I feel a lot of people would enjoy reading about it. Look for his story in the spring of 2013.
With the evening coming to a close, awards were handed out right on time. Westmoreland’s car show is a very well organized event. They manage to maintain the time table even up to being prompt with awards starting at 3:00 on the nose. Not everyone got to walk away a winner. However, it was a great day with perfect weather and even better company. This car show has a format that I enjoy the most. The participant comes into the registration, parks where they want. You are able to spend time prepping your car for judging. You are then judged by two judges and not just one. It’s still relatively inexpensive to participate in this show. The grounds are very well kept. To date, the weather has always been in the mid 70′s to low 80′s on the day of the show. I most certainly plan to attend next year. Hopefully we will see you there.
Car Show Source has posted over 250 pictures from the show. Click on the picture below to see more photos.