The Forge Muscle Car Show

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.

The Forge Muscle Car Show

One of several legendary Hemi cars in attendance. It’s incredible how simple the engines were…Hemi with two big ol’ carburetors.

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The Chattanooga Cruise In

Man, September wore me out. The last weekend of the month didn’t require much traveling but it was still a great deal of work. I had spent months planning and promoting the Chattanooga Cruise In (formerly known as the Coker Tire and Honest Charley Cruise In) and it was time to see if the hard work paid off. I woke up and looked out the window to see cloudy skies, and rainfall…not good.

Chattanooga Cruise In Tommy Lee Byrd Photography

I never pass up the opportunity to take nighttime pictures in front of the Honest Charley store front.

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Brainerd Drag Strip Update

If you follow my blog, then you may remember a post about the instability of Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip toward the end of last year’s racing season. A change in operations certainly shook up the local racing scene, as rumors floated around during the exchange. Either way, it was the end of a great era of racing, with Steve Longley at the helm. Now, the track is being operated by members of the Optimist Club, with local racer Steven Farrow on board as a general director.

Draggin' for Toys 2011

Hoping to see packed staging lanes at Brainerd sometime in 2012. Big improvements are causing some delays in kicking off the new season.

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What A Weekend!

Normally, you’d think that this blog would be about something I did this past weekend. Well, unfortunately, my weekends haven’t been terribly eventful lately, so it’s time to look back a few months and ramble about the 4th of July weekend this year. I had not started my blog yet, but the entire weekend is kinda what made me want to start it. We definitely squeezed every ounce out of a regular weekend, so I wanted to explain our steps so it could truly be appreciated…plus it gives me some good stuff to write about on these slow days. Here’s how it went down…

Tommy Lee Byrd Photography

The G8 with mountains in the background...I live in a great part of the country!

So, I’m sitting at my desk at work, trying to get a scheme going that would allow me to get some serious work done, while also providing a fun weekend for Christina and I. So, after lots of thought and planning on Friday, I decided we’d hop in the car that evening for a trip to Ellijay, Georgia. Sounds simple enough, right? First, we drive home from work (Chattanooga to Dayton, TN), which is backtracking but we had to go home to pack and get my camera gear ready for the weekend. This was truly a spontaneous weekend getaway. So we hop in the G8, and head down the road.

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Looking Back on the Great Race

I’m a car guy, but if you’ve seen many of my posts, then you know I generally like drag cars, nostalgic hot rods and muscle cars. I don’t really get into the restored classic car stuff, although I can appreciate the time and effort spent. With that said, I wasn’t exactly excited to be covering the 2011 Great Race. Most of the cars were restored originals or some sort of hand built speedster that was built to resemble a vintage racecar from the ’30s…either way, it just isn’t my thing. And if you’re not familiar with the Great Race, it’s actually not a race if you want to be technical. It’s a time, speed, endurance rally, meaning that the cars (1969 and older) have to travel a pre-determined route in a particular time. Going too slow is bad and going too fast is bad–it’s all about precision driving. I know I probably should’ve blogged about this while it was still relevant, but I just thought I’d wait until I had some time to really sit down and write for a minute or two. It was a grueling trip and I’m gonna tell you all about it and show off some of the pictures I took along the way.

Byrd Photo

I guess you could say this is my "famous" shot, since it was on the cover of Hemmings Motor News. This was shot on day one somewhere in North Carolina.

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The Coker Tire Cruise In

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.

Byrd Photo

The Corvette at night...this picture makes me think about street racing for some reason.

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