Chattanooga Cruise In Draws Hundreds Of Classic Cars

Monday, March 31, 2014
The Chattanooga Cruise In will be Saturday from noon-dark.
The Chattanooga Cruise In will be Saturday from noon-dark.

The Chattanooga Cruise In was created to encourage car and truck enthusiasts to gather in the Scenic City, and it has grown since its inception in September of 2011.  The Chattanooga Cruise In will be in full force on Saturday from noon until dark, 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 begin at noon, 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 thousands of dollars worth of door prizes.  The Chattanooga Cruise In will also feature the cars and stars from Travel Channel’s TV show, Backroad Gold. 

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.  Overflow parking and spectator parking is located at Finley Stadium. 

Chattanooga Cruise In is a rain-or-shine event, and spectators can expect to see nearly 1,000 cars and trucks from the area, along with a number of car enthusiasts who travel from Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio to participate. 

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. 

Coker Tire’s headquarters is at 1317 Chestnut St.  For more information call 800.251-6336 or visit Coker Tire’s website at www.cokertire.com. Check out the official Chattanooga Cruise In website at www.chattanoogacruisein.com


The Chattanooga Cruise In will be Saturday from noon-dark.
The Chattanooga Cruise In will be Saturday from noon-dark.

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