- Hero image, text and errors by: Chris Breeden All other pictures as credited.

The 2018 Custom & Hot Rod Life Car Meet Season

What a wild ride!

1y ago

I don't know what the weather has been like where you all are at, but here in Tennessee, autumn has set in and we are on the way to winter! The Car Show/Meet/Cruise-In season is over with now. I'm pretty bummed about it too. But what a great year 2018 was! Hot Rodders in my area and all over the country are settling into their comfy garages and starting to bang out next years, next best thing!

So that means it's time for us here at the Custom & Hot Rod Life tribe to take a look back at the Car Show(meet) and Cruise-In season!

McMinnville, Tennessee: 3-Star Mall Cruise-In

Held on the first Saturday of every month from June until October this Cruise was about 10 miles from my home and was always a great place to catch up on what was going on with the local car scene.

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Baxter, Tennessee: Downtown Cruise-In

This cruise was a little further from my house, but it's my favorite. Always drawing a large and eclectic collection of automobiles! This cruise happened on the second weekend of the month, from May to October.


Sparta, Tennessee: Downtown Cruise-In

Since this cruise didn't start going strong until around 1900 every third Saturday of the month, it was a great one to attend in the blistering hot summer months. Held from May to October, it was a nice way to get out and look at some rides in the cooler evening air.


Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: The '49 - '59 Ford and Mercury Association Convention

The Ford/Merc Association held their annual convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the end of June. After getting off of work and back home at around 0200, I was back up and on the road at 0430 to make the 140 mile journey to the tourist utopia that is Pigeon Forge. It turned out to be a great show that was full of great cars and nice people, from all over the country.


Crossville, Tennessee: Downtown Cruise-In

While on the way back from the Ford/Merc Convention, it just so happened that the city of Crossville, Tennessee was having their monthly Cruise-In on the town square. When opportunity knocked, I stopped and enjoyed my second awesome auto event of the day!


Doyle, Tennessee: 4th of July Cruise-In and 3rd annual Car Show

This little town is about 10 miles away from where I live and they have started having car related events there increasingly over the last few years. I attended two different ones. The first one was on the 4th of July and was a great way to spend the morning and afternoon, before heading home for a cookout and some fireworks! The second event, held on the 21st of July, was a really well attended car show. I look forward to both next year!


McMinnville, Tennessee: Chevy Dealer Car Show

For the last few years the local Chevy dealer has held a show at the dealership. They move all of the new and used cars to the back of the lot on one Saturday and the place is taken over with every kind of car, truck and motorcycle.


Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee: The 62nd Annual AACA Show

This AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) points awarding show is always one of my favorites and this year didn't disappoint! I even took home a trophy in my "new" '04 GTO!


Lebanon, Tennessee: The 13th Annual Redneck Rumble (fall)

This was by far the largest show I've ever covered for a write up on Custom & Hot Rod Life! I prepared for a good month prior to the show and promoted it for two weeks straight here on C&HRL. I even conscripted members of my family into helping! Over 5 hours of video, much of it unuseable, were shot along with +500 photos.

Last, but not least:

Lynchburg, Tennessee: Cruisin' The Hollow

This show always marks the end of the area show / cruise-in season. As sad as that makes me, it is always a great show!


What a year!

So there you have it! A whole years worth of shows and cruises in a neat little bundle! These 10 events were an absolute blast to hang out at! I met a ton of people this year, talked cars and DriveTribe with them. If you guys had a 1/10th of the fun reading all of this, as I have had doing it, then I think it was well worth it!

... Next year, you ask?...

Well these for starters...

And coverage of one of the largest automotive events in the United States:

Screenshot from NSRA-USA.com

Screenshot from NSRA-USA.com

This above show is four days long. It usually has between 10,000 and 12,000 cars on display. The number of new manufactures on display is larger than at most trade shows. Since 2019 will mark the 50th annual show, it promises to be EPIC!

This is just a small taste of what will be covered next year! So rest while you can, because next year is going to be WILD!

Keep on Cruisin'!

How about that review of this years awesomeness?

How about that preview of next years action?

Please, don't forget...

Art: Chris Breeden

Art: Chris Breeden

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Comments (6)

  • That's a lovely pale blue Karmann Ghia.

      2 years ago
  • That is SOME post!! I'll need to go back and look over it some more, but first impressions; Hero image - not enough (combined) horsepower :) Love the Karmann Ghia and the Chev Gasser!

      2 years ago
    • I don't remember the last time I witnessed a Datsun truck that was in that good of shape! I don't think they looked that good from the factory!

        2 years ago