36th Annual Shades
Home to the 36th Annual Hot Rod Roundup & the Triple Crown of Rodding
Home to the 36th Annual Hot Rod Roundup
and the Triple Crown of Rodding
The Shades of the Past Car Club is well known for their annual Hot Rod Roundup the weekend after Labor Day. This group of Tennessee hot rodders has for the past 36 years directed this event into becoming one of the premier rodding get-togethers in the country, and most assuredly one of the topflight events in the south, only surpassed by the Nats in Louisville.
Held in Pigeon Forge, home base for the past few years, is Dollywood’s Splash Country with Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort as the headquarters hotel. And, we might add, it sure looks as if the event will be housed here for years to come … a big plus. Shades club members handle all of the enormous details required to pull off a two-day event (Friday and Saturday), which includes a car show with some 2,500 hot rods, a swap meet, and a manufacturer’s row. While all of this is being enjoyed by rodders from all over the country, there is the Top 25, Magnificent 7, STREETRODDER magazine Best Ford in a Ford sponsored by Ford Performance Parts, and numerous other awards. But for the past two years the award that is gaining in popularity and competition is the Triple Crown of Rodding sponsored by Painless Performance Products and presented by STREETRODDER. (Founding TCR sponsors are Advanced Plating, Classic Instruments, and Vintage Air, along with this year’s title sponsor Painless Performance Products and supporting sponsors PPG, ARP, Art Morrison Enterprises, and Wilwood Engineering.)
For years now hot rodders have paid attention to the Hot Rod Roundup Top 25 as this grouping of builds is as fine a collection of cars and trucks as at any show in the country … outdoor or indoor! From the Top 25 comes the Magnificent 7
… and that’s exactly what it is. Also out of this collection of outstanding hot rods come the three winners making up the Triple Crown of Rodding: Best Street Rod, Best Street Machine, and Best Street Cruiser.
In the world of the Magnificent 7 the following hot rods really set the stage for the incredible collection of craftsmanship that was on hand. The Magnificent 7 are: Mark Mariani with his ’29 Ford highboy sedan (two-time STREETRODDER cover car, featured hot rod at Detroit), Debbie Walls (of Lokar fame and future SR feature) with her ’40 Ford convertible, Vic Buraglia with his
’69 Dodge Charger, Kyle Tucker with his ’69 Camaro (overall winner of the 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders, Pirelli Great 8 at Detroit, and future SR cover car), Bruce
Ricks with his ’63-1/2 Ford Galaxie (debuted at Detroit and a future SR feature), Charles Baxley with his ’57 Chevy, and Danielle Lutz with her
’34 Ford highboy pickup (winner of the Dollywood VIP Pick, a category finalist at the 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders, Pirelli Great 8 at Detroit, and future SR feature truck).
The Shades event has long been
known for its generosity to local charities and to those rodders in attendance. Once again, a ’32 Ford highboy roadster (built at Alloway’s Hot Rods) with numerous industry support was given away. The PPG Competition Orange–painted giveaway roadster was won by
Keith Weatherby of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, who was present with his own hot rod (registration #1683). Another of the big winners from the weekend was Michael Hastings with his hot rod (registration #1510) of Hendersonville, Tennessee, who took home the $10,000 check given away to one of the early registrants (May 15) for 2018. There’s also the 50/50 drawing, which historically divides up with the winner taking home in the vicinity of $24,000. This year the total 50/50 jackpot came in at $48,265 … meaning one lucky hot rodder went home with $24,132.50. The remaining funds, along with other event earnings, go to local charities of all kinds. (It’s no wonder this event is well supported by the locals.)
For us it comes down to the Painless TCR. This year amidst thunder, lighting, and rain the awards ceremony was completed but everyone did have a watchful eye on the inbound weather as the awards were finalized. Mother Nature did hold off long enough to allow us to announce the Triple Crown of Rodding without having to duck between raindrops. The cars that win the TCR are no
strangers to hot rodders as they have probably been seen elsewhere competing for prestigious awards all year long. The nice thing about the TCR at Dollywood’s Splash Country hosted by the Shades Car Club is you get to see them all at once. (The judging panel is made up of Shades Car Club members who have been involved with car judging for years, if not decades!)
There are three categories: Best Street
Rod, Best Street Machine, and Best Street Cruiser. Taking home top honors in Best Street Rod was Mark Mariani with his ’29 Ford Model A highboy sedan. It was artfully crafted by the staff at Rad Rides by Troy under the watchful eye of Troy Trepanier.
Best Street Machine was awarded to Kyle Tucker of Detroit Speed. It was there in his shop that Kyle and crew assembled what’s arguably the most fantastic ’69 Camaro ever built. Rounding out the Triple Crown is the ’63-1/2 Ford Galaxie belonging to Bruce Ricks and built at the shop of Steve Cook Creations. Each of the car owners will receive a $5,000 check from STREETRODDER, along with the one-of-akind trophy designed and built under the cooperative direction of Classic Instruments and Advanced Plating to go along with a $1,000 gift certificate from each of the award sponsors to help with current or future builds. As an added “thank you,” Vintage Air awards each builder a beautiful plaque to give
recognition for the efforts each has spent building these amazing hot rods.
Should you want to go to a summer event this should definitely be on your “bucket list.” If you think you have a pretty nice hot rod and would like to compete for a Top 25, Magnificent 7, or beyond, attend and have at it. Or better yet, you want to have some family fun at Dollywood and take in a few thousand hot rods? Then this is the place to drive to the weekend after Labor
Day. (Dollywood’s Splash Country will again serve as host to the Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup.
For more info on Shades #37, September 6-7, 2019, go to shadesofthepast.com.) You’ll be glad you did.