30 January 2006

Smoky Mountain Pontiacs of East Tennessee

From a rainy start on Friday everything got better as the weekend progressed on Saturday with sunshine and warm temps. This great weather and location brought out lots of auto enthusiasts to look at all of the Pontiacs on display, cars for sale in the car corral, a packed swap meet area and plenty of vendors to shop with in the search for those much needed parts. While the spectators were checking out what all the show had to offer, the participants were staying busy getting ready for judging. With over twenty classes to compete in and with a top three in each class the participants kept the drive-thru judging area busy all day long.

Besides the competition side of this show there was also time to kick back and really enjoy what all this area has to offer and do it in Pontiac style. With this event taking place just minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park it made plenty of sense for the host club to include a Saturday evening cruise from Pigeon Forge to Cades Cove located in the National Park. Over fifty of the participants took advantage of this opportunity for a one of kind Pontiac caravan on the winding roads through the scenic mountain country of east Tennessee, a whole new kind of Pontiac Excitement.

The show wrapped up on Sunday with an awards ceremony that recognized the oldest car at the show as a 1929 Oakland owned by Walter Huff of Boaz, AL. The Best Of Show Award went to J. W. Lam owner of a 1966 GTO that was restored by Bo & Karen Sowers of American Classic Restoration.

Special thanks go out to the Staff of Music Road Hotel, Smoky Mtn. Pontiacs and Rex with Tiger Tails for their help with this event.

6th Annual Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Car Show and Swap Meet will take place June 2–4, 2006. For more info call Mike @ 865-379-9595 or e-mail cruze69gto@chartertn.net or visit www.smokymountainland.com

– Article by Larry Crain

Photos by Jerry Keesling


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