Hot rods are American-made cars with large engines that have been modified for linear speed. Hot rodding has been a popular activity since the 1930s and has origins in southern California. If you love classic cars and have a passion for chrome, Tennessee has plenty of hot rod car shows to satisfy any car buff.
Street Rod Nationals South Plus
For over 30 years, the city of Knoxville has hosted its largest annual car show, the Street Rod Nationals South Plus, for three days in May. A mix of old and new, the event features more than 3,000 street rods, customs, street machines and muscle cars are featured at the Chilhowee Park & Expo Center. Unlike many other shows, the vehicles are not roped off, so spectators are welcome to walk up to the cars to get a closer look.
Moonshine Rod Run
The Moonshine Rod Run, a classic car show and swap meet, has been held for 26 years in Newport, Tennessee. The event features an award presentation, cash drawings, door prizes, games, a poker walk, concessions and plenty of classic 1950s music. All street rods that are registered receive two free dinners. Don't be fooled by the name of the show; alcohol is prohibited at the Moonshine Rod Run. Proceeds from the show are used to benefit several charities, including the American Cancer Society.
Spring Grand Rod Run
The Spring Grand Rod Run is held each year in Pigeon Ford. Thousands of shiny, chromed-out classic and custom cars line the Parkway, creating a virtual outdoor car museum. The owners of the vintage Model T's and Studebakers and American heavy metal Corvettes and Camaros are more than happy to share their passion for their cars with visitors and answer any questions. Vendor booths, sponsors and demos are also featured at the event.
Bridgestone Nashville Nationals
Hosted by GoodGuys Rod and Custom Association, the Bridgestone Nashville Nationals are held each year for three days in May. The event features over 1,500 hot rods, classics, customs, muscle cars and street machines, as well as trucks made up to 1972. The show starts with a kickoff party and poker run and features various vendors, a swap meet, manufacturer exhibits, parking lot parties at the local Marriott Hotel and cars for sale. Free shuttle service is provided so that guests can enjoy the shops in downtown Nashville.