Pre-War Automobiles Tour The Scenic City Sept. 8-13

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The 68th Revival AAA Glidden Tour will be held for the first time in Chattanooga Sept. 8-13, and more than 225 antique cars from around the country will take part in the event.

The Glidden Tour is the largest premier antique automobile touring event in the world and each year a different location is chosen to be a host. It was held in Texas last year and will be held in Ohio in 2014. 

An automobile must have been built prior to World War II, and they must be original to participate. Marques which have faded from history like Packard, Hudson, Auburn and Marmon will be driving the streets of Chattanooga and the surrounding counties for a week. The oldest vehicle registered is a 1909 Pierce-Arrow 48. 

Many participants have been on 20 or more Glidden Tours through the years because they love to drive their cars. Tours will include trips to Rock City on Lookout Mountain; Chickamauga, Georgia; South Pittsburg; Sewanee; Monteagle; Red Clay State Park; and Cleveland. The more than 500 participants will even ride the Southern Belle riverboat and the Tennessee Valley Railway. 

The Chattanooga Choo Choo is the host hotel, but cars will leave there each morning for their driving tours before 8 a.m. and return after 5 p.m. 

On Friday afternoon, Sept. 13, a car show is planned from noon-3 p.m. in the parking lot of Westwood Baptist Church in Cleveland. Residents are encouraged to come out to see the cars, and it is free to the public. The following Saturday, Sept. 21, the Southern Fall Meet of the Antique Automobile Club of America will also have its event at Westwood Baptist Church. The AACA Fall Meet will have cars 1988 and older being judged for awards while every car in the Glidden Tour will be 1942 and older.

For more information, contact Glidden Tour chairman Jeff Stumb at 648-8542 or at jeffs@coker.com. 


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