I guess this can be considered a “classic” event coverage, or maybe I could say this is “from the vault”. My dad and I attended this event back in 2006 and it still stands as one of the greatest car shows I’ve ever seen. It certainly didn’t have quantity, but the quality and rarity of the cars really made up for the overall size. It was only held in Chattanooga, Tennessee for one year, and I’m glad I had my camera with me.
This was just before I got started with the magazine photography, but I still came away from the event with some great photos. Unfortunately, they are all low res, but I do have the actual prints (remember when people actually printed photos?) so I can scan them in if needed. Anyway, this event was essentially a one-time deal locally, but it moved to a few other locations before completely fizzling out a couple years ago.
The show was held in the Chattanooga Convention Center, the same place they have the World of Wheels….but this was at least a million times better than any World of Wheels event. I guess there were probably 100 cars in attendance, but all of them were spectacular. Whether they were barn finds, unrestored original cars or perfectly restored cars…they all had HISTORY and most of them were deeply involved with drag racing. Crazy rare cars…Chevy, Ford and Mopar was well represented. It honestly felt like I was sneaking into some unknown museum. I felt like I didn’t deserve to see these cars. And when I found out the show wouldn’t be back in Chattanooga ever again, I felt even more privileged to experience it.
We roamed the aisles in amazement. I could’ve stayed there all day. And now, I’m sad that the show no longer exists. So, as I went through some of my archived pictures, I decided to write a little piece on it and toss it up here. Take a look at one of my favorite events of all time, and join me as I continue to drool over the pictures.