Chattanooga Cruise In To Draw Hundreds Of Cars This Weekend

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Chattanooga Cruise In was created to encourage car and truck enthusiasts to gather in the Scenic City, and it has grown tremendously since its inception in September of 2011. On Saturday, from 2-8 p.m., the Chattanooga Cruise In will be in full force, attracting hundreds of collector vehicles to the area. The event is a laid-back car show, hosted by local businesses, Coker Tire Company and Honest Charley Speed Shop, and car enthusiasts will come and go as they please throughout the day.

The Chattanooga Cruise In is held on the streets surrounding the Coker Tire headquarters, and will be held from 2-8 p.m., allowing cars, trucks and motorcycles to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Coker Tire and all of its companies will hold an open house, encouraging participants to tour the facilities and check out everything the companies have to offer. The open house includes tours of Corky Coker’s museum, and Honest Charley Garage, a classic car restoration shop.

Along with several hundred classic vehicles, the Chattanooga Cruise In will feature live entertainment by “The Other Guys”, several local food vendors and many door prizes, including a free set of tires! The newest addition to the Chattanooga Cruise In is the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, with a full-on go-kart race course on the premises. Another attraction will be a display of Chattanooga’s fastest street cars—a group of street legal high performance cars that participate in the monthly 275 Drag Radial drag racing series at Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip.

Most of the streets surrounding Coker Tire will be blocked off to provide adequate space for the cruise in participants, and the entrance to the cruise in will be at the intersection of Main and Chestnut Streets. Coker Tire has invited several car clubs, as well as other local car-related businesses to join in on the fun, so it should be a packed house. The most recent Chattanooga Cruise In (April 2013) featured more than 800 vehicles and approximately 5,000 people. Overflow parking and spectator parking is at Finley Stadium.

Chattanooga Cruise In is a rain-or-shine event, and spectators can expect to see some of the nicest cars and trucks in the area, along with a number of car enthusiasts who travel from Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio to participate. The Chattanooga Cruise In is quickly becoming one of the most popular car events in the Southeast, and it’s right here in the heart of the Scenic City.

Corky Coker, owner of Coker Tire, is an avid car collector, and is a well-known character in the automotive aftermarket. Mr. Coker is enthusiastic about driving classic cars, and encourages his customers to drive their cars often. The Chattanooga Cruise In offers a great excuse for car enthusiasts to get out and enjoy the day in an old car.

Coker Tire’s headquarters is at 1317 Chestnut Street in historic downtown Chattanooga. You can reach the office by calling toll free at 800 251-6336. For more information, got to www.chattanoogacruisein.com.


Civil War Historian To Speak At Rugby On June 6

Michael C. Hardy, an authority on the Civil War in the mountains of North Carolina and East Tennessee, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, in the Historic Rugby Visitor Center’s Rebecca Johnson Theater. The author of twenty books, Mr. Hardy was named the 2010 North Carolina Historian of the Year by the North Carolina Society of Historians. He received the 2012 Alice Parker ... (click for more)

GE Appliances Partners With Steps 2 Hope, Helping Georgia Veteran Make New House A Home

Injured U.S. Veteran Jason Smith will be enjoying a new home this Memorial Day, complete with a full suite of appliances from GE. The company partnered with Steps 2 Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young adults who have lost their mobility due to a traumatic event, to give the wounded local hero a fresh start. On July 25, 2012, ... (click for more)

Winning Bid For Huge River Tract Near Dayton Is $4,370,000, But Sellers Not Willing To Accept

A huge tract on the Tennessee River/Chickamauga Lake near Dayton, Tn., brought $4,370,000 at auction at the site on Saturday. However, the auction firm later said the high bid was not accepted by the sellers, John and Edyth Buxton. Henry Glascock of the John Dixon firm auction firm said, "It was a gorgeous piece of property, but we just didn't quite get there. "We had a willing ... (click for more)

Olympian Kristin Armstrong Sets Course Record; Talansky Is Men's Winner

Two-time Olympic goal medal winner Kristin Armstrong won the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championship in a record time at the Volkswagen course on Saturday morning. She finished the 19.2-mile course in 42 minutes, 8 seconds. The time trial victory assures the 41-year-old Armstrong of a spot as one of three American women to compete in the world championship time trial ... (click for more)

Shame On The Housing Authority - And Response

With Chattanooga and other cities around the nation struggling to find solutions to chronic homelessness it's cruel to evict families likely with children over a fight.   When you evict the adults you're also evicting any and all children in the household.  Intelligence would dictate looking for a root cause. Compassion would dictate looking for alternatives. Both ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Great Orthopedic Success

Mark Freeman, the chief of orthopedic surgery at Erlanger Hospital, shared a dazzling look at our area’s Level One Trauma Center Friday morning. Yet, as he described the dramatic changes that have occurred in just the past 12 months, the promise of what will happen within the next year was even more appealing. Believe this, our flagship hospital is getting well in a hurry. “If ... (click for more)