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.

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