Ever since the huge success of the Hot Rod Power Tour cruise in (at Coker Tire), I’ve been wondering why we haven’t done something of this nature on our own. Chattanooga doesn’t have any cruise ins, and Coker Tire is cool enough to keep people coming back. I made a simple suggestion that had probably been mentioned a thousand times, but this time it stuck, and we started making plans for the first standalone Coker Tire and Honest Charley Cruise In. Having been around this stuff more than many of my colleagues, I was kinda put in charge of the operation, delegating jobs to various people and handling some things on my own. Pre-event planning was fairly simple, but when it was go-time this past Saturday, I realized the amount of work that goes into something like this.
The event was scheduled to start at 4pm, and we had our first participants at 2pm. By 3 o’clock a steady stream of vehicles rolled into our blocked off area, and by 4, the place was packed. We had over 200 cars come in, and I think that is AMAZING considering the fact that the Redneck Rumble in Lebanon, the Fall Grand Run in Pigeon Forge and the Fort Oglethorpe Cruse In were all on the same day! If not for those date conflicts we probably would’ve had 800 cars…kinda glad that didn’t happen!!!
Anyway, by about 5:00 I was finally able to take a breather from parking cars like a mad man, so I grabbed my camera and started snapping a few shots. All of those can be seen on Coker Tire’s Facebook page. I did play around a bit after everyone left, as it was a chance to get some shots of my car, along with Christina’s Camaro in front of the infamous Honest Charley Speed Shop.
Overall it was a lot of fun, and I hope we do it again. I’m sure we’ll need more help parking cars and all that good stuff, but it was a very simple operation, considering the potential size of this event. Thanks to all of my friends who came down to support the event!