- Hero image, pictures, videos, art, text and errors by: Chris Breeden

The 10 month long 2019 car show season has finally came to an end here at Custom & Hot Rod Life. During the year we drove thousands of miles and walked what seemed like just as far to cover some of the largest events in the Upper South region of the United States. If the vast staff here wasn't at a show we were most likely getting cars or equipment ready for the next show. We aren't complaining! It's been a great year for events and we feel honored to have taken you all along for the ride. So before we put 2019 in the rear view, lets take a look back at the year that was.

The 31st Stones River Region AACA Swapmeet

I have attended this swap meet since 2005! Held on Superbowl Sunday every year for the last 31 years, it is an excellent opportunity to pick up some hard to find parts for people that are thrashing to complete a project for the upcoming car show season. Held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, TN, the meet will be housed in a brand new building next year. That should be interesting!

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Coker Tire Cruise In

The Coker Tire Cruise In has become the start of car season in my area. For years the show had been held in the parking lot and the city streets around Coker's Chestnut Street location in downtown Chattanooga, TN. This year it moved to a city park and was larger than ever. Estimates of 2,000 cars and 10,000 spectators have been rumored to have arrived.

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GoodGuys Nashville Nationals

The quality of the cars at the GoodGuys Nashville Nationals are second to none! Even with the threat of rain the 2019 meeting at Nissan Stadium on the banks of the Cumberland river across from downtown Nashville, TN, was a beautiful thing!

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The 50th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, KY

This years meeting of the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) in Louisville, KY was something I am truly grateful I was able to experience. Over 13,000 show cars and 1.5 million square feet of vendor space was overflowing at the Kentucky Exposition Center. It was a sort of homecoming for Street Rodders from all over the world. The 50th Anniversary of the Nationals is a show I will look back on as one of the best I ever attended.

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Back to the Strip

For the last few years a little car show in the small town of McMinnville, Tennessee has been a highlight of the season. The show takes place in the downtown area, but once the sun starts to go down, the cars start to cruise the streets. It's as close as you can get to the good old days of car culture in the 21st century. People line the streets and the machines take to the asphalt stage. Just as it should be!

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Model T Ford Club of America, Tennessee Tour

When I found out the Model T Club of America was doing a tour through Tennessee this summer, I figured I would have to drive a couple of hours to get a look at them. I was dead wrong! One of their stops was right down the road from my house! It was a treat to see all of these road driven classics winding their way through Rock Island State Park.

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The Redneck Rumble

For this years Rumble, I decided to try and get the smoothest video I could possible get. After I made a contraption to hold my camera steady, I knew you were all going to be in for some bitchin' video! The 14th Annual Redneck Rumble was the largest so far, due to some truly great weather.

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Chattanooga Motor Car Festival

Never having been to a Concourse type event, I was skeptical that I would find anything worth photographing... Boy was I wrong! The first Chattanooga Motor Car Festival was an amazing event, put on by true professionals and it was all for a great cause. I've not heard if the event will happen again next year, but I really hope to be back in downtown Chattanooga sometime next October for one very different event!

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That's a wrap!

So there you have it! A years worth of work in one neat little article. I had an absolute blast covering these events for write up on DRIVETRIBE. True, I would have went to them if DT didn't exists, but walking around and telling people about this great website at shows has added another dimension to my experience at them. If you all have had a tenth of the fun reading about these strange shows in the southern US, as I have had attending, photographing, videoing and writing about them, then it was all worth it. I'm glad you took the ride with me! Now... Let's get ready for next year! You got gas money, right?

Keep on Cruisin'!

About the Author:

"Chris Breeden is a Social Media content creator for Custom & Hot Rod Life on DRIVETRIBE, YouTube and Facebook. After spending 5 years in Southern California, a.k.a. Hot Rod Heaven, while serving as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, he moved back home to Tennessee with an even greater love for Hot Rodded Vintage Tin. Since then he has worked in retail sales and the transportation and logistics industry. In 2018, seeing a gap in Hot Rod and Custom Car coverage on DRIVETRIBE, Chris began advocating for their inclusion on the platform. During the summer months, he can be found all over the Tennessee region covering car shows, meets, and cruise-ins. During the winter months, he can be found in the garage working on his custom 1949 Ford two-door sedan and 1954 F100 truck."

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