Chattanooga Cruise In To Draw Hundreds Of Cars This Weekend

Tuesday, September 03, 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.


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