I decided to attend the '49-'59 Ford & Mercury Association Convention after years of hearing about and seeing pictures of the events. I knew I had to attend this year, when learned the Association would have the event in nearby Pigeon Forge, TN. With plans made, I began looking forward to the 21st of June. Unfortunately, those plans fell through and I had to improvise. This lead to me to waking up on the morning of the 23rd at 0430 & taking the 3.5 hour, 144 mile journey, for the last day of the meet.
About the Club:
A clean '51 Ford convertible
Formed in 1992, by a group of Flathead Ford enthusiasts, the association promotes interest in '49-'59 Ford, Mercury and Lincoln automobiles. They do this through how-to articles & a for-sale section in their nationally selling bi-monthly newsletter. How to articles include: repairing overdrive transmission issues, testing radios, correcting all manner of problems with convertible tops, installing a supercharger on a Flathead Ford, even the installation of a power rack & pinion steering system. That's a lot of valuable information.
About the Area:
On the Cades Cove Loop Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Pigeon Forge, TN is located right outside The Great Smoky Mountains National Park that straddles the Tennessee & North Carolina border. Pigeon Forge along, with Gatlinburg, Wears Valley & Sevierville, is full of entertainment venues independent of the beauty of the national park. Boasting 100's of restaurants, including numerous dinner theaters, go-kart tracks, putt-putt golf courses, Dolly Parton's Splash Country & literally 1,000's of different shops there is always a lot to do when you are in the area.
About the Event & Venue:
F100 Ford trucks were in attendance too. This red '52 was sparkling in the sunshine.
Held this June, from the 21st to the 23rd, at the Mountain Breeze Motel, this was the latest in a long series of annual conventions the club has put on. Since they came with a sizable group of people they were able to get a $80 a night room deal with the Mountain Breeze. That's a considerable savings for an area that usually has $100+ a night rooms. The motel was within walking distance to numerous restaurants and since the convention started on a Thursday I suspect traffic was minimal.
This early '60's Thunderbird was a little out of the year limits, but still a great car
I'll go ahead and get to the reason why everyone goes to a Car Show... The cars!
This '51 Crown Victoria, with Crestliner trim, made the trip all the way from Tucson, AZ. That's over 1,800 miles one way!
A lovely black '49 Coupe.
Even the threat of rain couldn't keep these die hard Shoebox & 50's Ford enthusiasts away from one of the best shows of the year. In addition to the attendees about 4 or 5 vendors were seat up in the swap meet area, selling a wide array of parts from NOS (New Old Stock) parts still in their FoMoCo (Ford Motor Company) packaging to crusty survivor pieces. The best part of the day was the smile on everyone's face and that included me! After my before dawn drive to the mountains it was nice to see some friendly faces! Forget Hondas, you meet the nicest people in Shoebox Fords! Until next time, Keep on Cruisin'!