F-100 SUPERNATIONALS

WHEN CLAS­SIC FORD OWN­ERS UNITE

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT AND PHO­TOS BY JOE GREEVES

When Clas­sic Ford Own­ers Unite

WE AL­READY KNOW you’re a fan of cool clas­sic trucks, so you’ll want to know about an event you need to add to your Can’t-miss calendar. Amaz­ingly, the F-100 Supernationals has been pro­vid­ing Ford pickup own­ers from around the coun­try with a great week­end’s worth of fun for the last 39 years. Held in the James E. Ward Agri­cul­tural Cen­ter in Le­banon, Ten­nessee, this year’s event brought 540 ve­hi­cles to­gether for the Fri­day and Satur­day get-to­gether.

One of the tra­di­tional high­lights of the open­ing cer­e­monies is show pro­moter Char­lie Cob­ble’s in­tro­duc­tion of al­most a dozen ve­hi­cles mak­ing their de­but at the show. All of the late nights and hard­ships were for­got­ten when each builder un­veiled his cre­ation to the crowd’s ap­plause. While the de­but­ing ve­hi­cles were ex­cit­ing, it was the huge col­lec­tion of trucks on dis­play that soon be­came the cen­ter of the week­end’s ac­tivites. The se­lec­tion ranged from metic­u­lously re­stored orig­i­nals to rad­i­cal cus­toms and al­most ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Spec­ta­tors wan­dered the lines of highly pol­ished ve­hi­cles, find­ing some­thing new at every turn.

In ad­di­tion to the gath­er­ing of Ford-pow­ered ve­hi­cles, dozens of ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers, swap meet deal­ers and food ven­dors added to the fun. Through­out the week­end, Ice­man the DJ en­ter­tained the crowd with ’50s mu­sic and trivia. The Satur­day af­ter­noon awards cer­e­mony got things rolling with door prizes that in­cluded a $1,000 gift cer­tifi­cate, new F-100 tail­gate, cool­ers, toys for the kids and more. More than 200 laser-cut steel awards and half a dozen larger tro­phies rec­og­nized the winners in mul­ti­ple cat­e­gories. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Lon­nie and Juanita Lowry, winners of the Pat Ford Top Truck tro­phy, and Sean Mar­shall, who earned the Top Points award. At the clos­ing award cer­e­mony on Satur­day, Cob­ble had some big news: This year there will be two F-100 Supernationals when the event re­turns to Pi­geon Forge, Ten­nessee, on Sept.

28-30, 2017. For more info, go to F100­su­per­na­tion­als.com.

Spe­cial thanks to show spon­sors Mid-fifty F-100 Parts and Jacky Jones Ford for their help in mak­ing the event the suc­cess that it was.

MORE THAN 540 VE­HI­CLES WERE ON DIS­PLAY AT THE JAMES E. WARD AGRI­CUL­TURAL CEN­TER IN LE­BANON, TEN­NESSEE.

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