06/09 thru 06/15 – 2018 Hot Rod Power Tour – Southeast Edition

Hot Rod Magazine has finally brought the Hot Rod Power Tour to the Southeast!  If you have ever thought about attending all or part of this annual gathering this is the year as the Power Tour route will circle through the Southeast.

The 24th annual HOT ROD Power Tour will continue in 2018 with exciting new features for auto enthusiasts worldwide, as the highly anticipated seven-day, seven-city journey is expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators. The 2018 event will take place from June 9-15.

2018 Dates and Venues:

Saturday, June 9 – Bowling Green, KY – Beech Bend Raceway Park

Sunday, June 10 – Chattanooga, TN

Monday, June 11 – Birmingham, AL – Hoover Metropolitan Stadium

Tuesday, June 12 – Hampton, GA – Atlanta Motor Speedway

Wednesday, June 13 – Darlington, SC – Darlington Raceway

Thursday, June 14 – Raleigh, NC

Friday, June 15 – Concord, NC – zMAX Dragway

Hotel Information: Hot Rod’s official travel partner, Anthony Travel can assist you in arranging your travel and hotel for this year’s Power Tour. Visit Anthony Travel – Hot Rod Power Tour page to get started on booking your trip. If you have any questions, contact Anthony Travel at hotrod@anthonytravel.com or call 844-406-6850.

What is the Hot Rod Power Tour? Interested to find out more? Click on this link for a short video summary of the Hot Rod Power Tour.

12/10 – NEGMC Toys for Tots Shopping Trip & Monthly Meeting ****UPDATE DUE TO THE SNOW****

Hello Everyone,

Due to the worsening weather forecast, especially for White County, we will be postponing our Annual Holiday Shopping Trip by one day until Sunday, December 10th. .

We will have to make 2 important changes to the itinerary:

We will push everything back about a half-hour so plan to leave Regions Bank around 9:00 AM on Sunday, arriving at Wal Mart around 10:00 AM.

We will move our meeting to Hawg Wild so we won’t tie up the good folks at Jacky Jones Ford who will open up especially for us.

Lou

 

This year we will be holding our Toys for Tots Shopping trip and Monthly Meeting on December 10.

If you would like to caravan to the Walmart in Cleveland, we will meet at the Regions Bank parking lot located next to the Oakwood QuickTrip which is on the NE corner of GA-53 and I-985.

We will leave that location at 9:00 AM.

We should arrive at the Walmart in Cleveland GA at about 10:00 AM.  Once there we will hand out assignments for shopping and amounts to spend.

After shopping we will take the toys to Jackie Jones Ford in Cleveland for distribution to Toy for Tots. For those who are new, Jackie Jones donates bike and helmets every year as well as our toys.

After placing the toys in the showroom, we will have our December meeting in the Jackie Jones break room.

After the meeting the club will caravan to Clarksville, GA to the Hawg Wild BBQ for lunch.  The Hawg Wild BBQ is located at 575 Grant ST, Clarksville, our reservation is for 1:30 PM.

01/20 – NE Georgia Mustang Club After Christmas Party – Sugar Hill, GA

Your NE Georgia Mustang Club After Christmas Party will be held on January 20, 2018 at the Sugar Hill Community Center which is located at 1166 Church St, Sugar Hill

The start time is 12:30 PM, if you can come early we can use help to set up tables and chairs etc. We are also responsible for clean up afterward so please plan to stay and help.

The club will provide meats and drinks. Please bring a side or desert to share. There is a full kitchen with a convection oven if you need to heat up food.

We will have our gift exchange as usual. Please bring a wrapped gift value no more than $20 to join in the fun. Couples can bring a gift each if both want to participate. Gifts can be gag gifts if you want. We have some gifts that keep coming back.

If you are bringing children that want to participate please bring a child appropriate gift for them to exchange. I can tell you from past experience that some of our gifts are not child appropriate.

See you there!

**** 01/13 – The LAST National Parts Depot Silver Springs Mustang & Ford Car Show – Ocala, FL ****

NPD has announced that the upcoming 2018 Silver Springs Mustang and Ford Car Show will be their LAST show.

Although this will not be an “official” NE Georgia Mustang Club outing, several members have indicated they will be attending this LAST Silver Springs Mustang and Ford Car Show.  If you are planning on driving down to Ocala please let either Lou Manglass (lou@manglass.net) or Scott Mossbrooks (mossy8930@gmail.com) know via email you are attending, also please include your cell number.

We will try to get together as a group for the Friday drive over to Cedar Key for lunch and any other events.  An example would be to drive down to the Don Garlits Drag Museum, which is a short drive south of Ocala, on Friday afternoon after returning from Cedar Key.

If you have not made your room reservation yet, the most convenient group of hotels and restaurants are at I-75 Exit 93 on Florida State Road 200.

No single aspect can be attributed to NPD’s decision, it is a mix of dynamics that brought us to this fork in the road. There are fewer activities for families within the park, and an apparent slow-shrinking of interest/activity for car shows in-general. For this show in particular, every year the ratio of cars-preregistered to cars that show-up shrinks. These dynamics, juxtaposed against the time and resources that we have historically invested in administrating and putting-on the show, made this a tough but necessary move.

With this being the “Last Hurrah”, we hope to see a large turnout, and we intend to bake some “special” features into the cake to make it a worthy and fun send-off. If you’ve ever attended a Silver Springs show, the 2018 event should be a must.

Our Silver Springs shows have always been intended as a huge “Thank You” to our loyal customers, and to the hobby in-general. And we assure you, our gratitude and our emotion for this hobby has not swayed an inch. The shows have simply become too large of a burden, with diminishing returns.

We cannot overstate our appreciation for our customers and for all the loyal participants of our Ford and Mustang shows. We would also like to express our appreciation to all who contributed to the genesis of the original Silver Springs event, and who helped volunteer in the early days.

THANK YOU TO ALL!! NPD

Cruising at Cruisin’ the Coast

By: Rick Schmidt & Steve Harrison

 

On the morning of October 4, Georgianna & I met Jan & Steve Harrison and headed south on I-85 for this year’s Cruisin’ the Coast®.  Participating in Cruisin’ the Coast® has been a bucket list item for some time and this year we were going to check out the cruise.

For those who may not be familiar with Cruisin’ the Coast® the following is a brief description from the Cruisin’ The Coast® web site:

“Welcome to America’s Largest Block Party.  Cruisin’ the Coast® began in 1996 as a festival to celebrate antique, classic and hot rod vehicles, nostalgic music and related events.  374 vehicles registered that first year and this year we had 8,130 registered vehicles.  Car enthusiasts from 41 states plus Canada, Puerto Rico and Germany drove to the Mississippi Gulf Coast this year to showcase their rides and to cruise our beautiful 30-mile stretch of beach side highway (US-90) with designated venue stops in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport, Pass Christian, Pascagoula and Ocean Springs. Each venue is set up as a mini festival with a stage for live bands, streets reserved for registered cruisers to drive thru each venue (just like back in the day when you cruised thru your local hamburger stand), reserved parking for registered cruisers, spectator parking, and vendors for food and event merchandise. Registered cruisers receive an ID card in their registration packets to exhibit all week in their car’s front window; this ID allows entry into the venues where reserved parking is available. Our weeklong event includes cruise-ins, a Salute To Our Veterans event, car auction, swap meet, car corral, and a parade. Spectators are welcome and will find that our cruisers love to talk “old cars.”

A note at this point is that to be officially registered with Cruisin’ the Coast® you must have a 1989 or older vehicle.  That is not to say that if you don’t have a “qualifying” vehicle you cannot enjoy Cruisin’ the Coast®.  Because the majority of events occur on public roads and the various venue events are open to all, there is no reason that you should not attend and enjoy Cruisin’ the Coast® regardless of the age of your vehicle.

The drive down was uneventful until we were approaching Montgomery.  Because we left early to clear Atlanta before the morning rush hour and because of the time zone change we were in Montgomery’s morning rush hour.  Typical stop and go traffic that became really exciting really quick.  I can say that Jan & Steve and Georgianna & I were as close as could be to being involved in a major accident without actually having a bent fender or two.  As it was our Saleen sustained paint damage due to pieces of plastic bumper supports flying out from the 4 car chain reaction wreck in the lane beside us.

Happily the balance of the 6 hour drive to Biloxi was without any additional excitement.

We checked into our motel, unloaded and headed out to see what Cruisin’ the Coast® was all about.  As we headed West on US-90 to the registration site we were immediately engulfed in a slowly rolling car show.  This was to be the normal traffic pattern for the rest of the week.  As we discovered, the best way to enjoy Cruisin’ the Coast® was to either find yourself a shady spot somewhere along US-90 and watch the parade of Hot Rods drive by or in a similar vein find a good spot at one of the venues and watch the Hot Rods drive by.  We used both approaches during our time there.

At registration we found a shady place to park, strolled around looking at the cars and of course bought shirts and ate ice cream.

Our first venue after registration was the Margaritaville Casino.  The casino blocked off one of their parking lots for Cruisin’ the Coast® participants.  In the parking lot there was food (cheese burger in paradise!), music and some fun games.  We found great parking places where we could enjoy the event and also watch the cars going by on US-90.

In Pass Christian we watched legal, city police approved burn-outs after which we found a good shady spot to watch the Hot Rods cruise by.  That afternoon, a half block away, there was a group called “NA NA SHA” performing a 2 hour concert.  What could be better Hot Rods and Oldies Music!

Of all of the venues we visited, we considered this location in Ocean Springs the best.  Ocean Springs is a nice little town with many food choices and more importantly a lot of shaded spots along the street.  We stayed in Ocean Springs for a little over 4 hours watching the non-stop parade of Hot Rods roll-by.

We were surprised to find Dennis Gage in Oceans Springs filming (taping?) a segment for his show “My Classic Car” as the Cruisin’ the Coast®  schedule had him in Pass Christian that day (Friday).  I guess hurricane Nate changed his schedule as well.  He took a little time out to sign autographs for us and chat – nice guy!

We left a day early due to hurricane Nate’s projected land fall.  When we left on Saturday morning the weather was cloudy, but up to that point the weather had been great with clear blue skies.  Many people left Friday afternoon but since we had tickets to the Beach Boys we decided to stay and enjoy the concert.  In the picture below can you guess who has joined Mike Love & the Beach Boys on stage?  The guest performer played the guitar, sang and was killer on the drums!

A gold star if you guessed John Stamos!

 

After thoroughly enjoying the Beach Boys we headed back to the motel and packed as much as we could for Saturday morning’s early departure.

This was the first time being chased out of a car show due to a hurricane!

After having a bit of excitement on the trip down, thankfully the drive back to Atlanta was without incident.

In closing, if you enjoy seeing a wide variety of Hot Rods from barely driveable street gassers or restored stockers or rat rods, Cruisin’ the Coast® is the show for you.

September Car Shows

We are headed toward September’s cooler weather, so get out and enjoy these Car Shows and Cruises.  Please visit the NEGMC’s calendar for additional event information.

  • 09/04 – 09/10 – Mustang Week – Myrtle Beach, SC from 8:00AM – 8:00PM each day
  • 09/08 – 09/09 – Shades of the Past – Pigeon Forge, TN from 8:00AM – 8:00PM each day
  • 09/09 – Flowery Branch Car Show & Chili Cookoff – Flowery Branch, GA from 10:00AM – 4:00PM
  • 09/16 – Jug Tavern Festival – Winder, GA from 10:00AM – 4:00PM
  • 09/16 – YearOne Car Show & Saleen Club of America GA State Reunion – Braselton, GA from 12:00PM – 7:00PM
  • 09/16 – Smoky Mountain Mustang Club Car Show – Oak Ridge, TN from 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • 09/16 – 09/17 – Georgia 1/2 Mile High Speed Shootout – Clayton, GA from 8:00AM – 6:00PM each day
  • 09/17 – Smoky Mountain Mustang Club Devil’s Triangle Pony Run – Oak Ridge, TN from 9:00AM – 1:00PM
  • 09/23 – Harmony Hall Baptist Church Car Show – Gainesville, GA from 4:00PM – 7:00PM
  • 09/23 – Charity Open Car Show – Gainesville, GA from 10:00AM – 3:00PM
  • 09/24 – John Bleakley Ford Mustang and All Ford Show – Lithia Springs, GA from 9:00AM – 3:30PM
  • 09/30 – Cruising in the Country Car Show – Gainesville, GA from 9:00AM – 3:00PM
  • 09/30 – 10/01 – Atlanta Concours d’Elegance – Chateau Elan Winery – Braselton, GA from 8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

August Car Shows

Get your Mustang out this August and enjoy the following car shows and cruise-ins:

  • 8/06 – Caffeine and Octane – Perimeter Mall; 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd; Dunwoody, GA from 7AM to 11AM
  • 8/12 – Mustang & Ford Appreciation Day – Mustangs Unlimited; 2505 Newpoint Pkwy; Lawrenceville, GA from 3PM to 7PM
  • 8/19 – Buster Graham Car Show – Lanier Raceway; 5301 Winder Hwy; Braselton, GA from 10AM to 3PM
  • 8/19 – Hall County Sheriff’s Show and Shine – Hall County Sheriff’s Office; 2859 Browns Bridge Rd; Gainesville, GA from 10AM to 2PM
  • 8/20 – Cruise-in @ the Gwinnett Varsity – 6045 Dawson Blvd; Norcross, GA from 4PM to 7PM
  • 8/25 – AutoCrusade 24 Cruise-in – Cumming Fairgrounds; 235 Castleberry Rd; Cumming, GA from 6PM to 10PM
  • 8/26 – NEGMC August Meeting – Ft Yargo State Park; Winder, GA from 1PM to 4PM
  • 8/26 – AutoCrusade 24 Car Show- Cumming Fairgrounds; 235 Castleberry Rd; Cumming, GA from 8AM to 4PM
  • 8/26 – Jasper Cruise-in – Main Street; Jasper, GA from 3PM to 8PM
  • 8/24 thru 8/27 – MCA Grand National Mustang Show – Kansas City, KS

 

Vets Haven 1st Annual Benefit Ride from Cleveland, GA to Toccoa, GA

Vets Haven is hosting its 1st Annual Benefit Ride to help homeless Veterans on July 29th starting at the Bridge Church located at 607 Hulsey Rd; Cleveland, GA.

On-site registration opens at 8:30 AM at the Bridge Church in Cleveland with the ride beginning at 9:45 AM and ending approximately 50 miles later at the Doyle Street Park located on Frankie Fleming Road in Toccoa, GA.

This ride event is open to all makes of cars and motorcycles.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Vets Haven which is dedicated to housing homeless Veterans and providing mental, physical, financial, educational and spiritual assistance.

If you wish to caravan to the Cleveland starting point, meet at the QuickTrip in Oakwood which is on the NE corner of I-985 and GA-53, before 8:00 AM on Saturday morning.  The caravan will depart the QuickTrip at 8:00 AM sharp for the drive up US-129 to Cleveland.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

MCA National Car Show Results

Your NEGMC was well represented at the closing awards ceremony for the MCA National Car Show at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville.  Our Club entered 11 cars in the judged portion of the Car Show and were awarded 8 Golds and 3 Silvers.

Congratulations to the following Club Members:

  • Richard & Shirley Rider – Gold in the Modified Class
  • Steve & Jan Harrison – Gold in the Modified Class
  • Rick & Georgianna Schmidt – Gold in the Occasionally Driven Class for both entered Mustangs
  • Keith & Deb Corkern – Gold in the Occasionally Driven Class for both entered Mustangs
  • Rick Hayslip – Gold in the Occasionally Driven Class
  • Judy Juenemann – Gold in the Presidential Class
  • Mark Juenemann – Silver in the Occasionally Driven Class
  • Ken Shoufler & Lisa Nemoga – Silver in the Occasionally Driven Class
  • Cher Hayslip – Silver in the Unrestored Class.

Congratulations also to Dana Berry! Dana did not enter his Mustang in the Car Show, however he was out there tearing up the Atlanta Motorsports Park Track for two days enjoying the High Speed Driving Experience portion of this MCA National event.

  Richard & Shirley Rider – Gold

   Steve & Jan Harrison – Gold

  Georgianna Schmidt – Gold

  Rick Schmidt – Gold

  Deb Corkern – Gold

  Keith Corkern – Gold

  Rick Hayslip – Gold

  Judy Juenemann – Gold

  Mark Juenemann – Silver

  Ken Shoufler & Lisa Nemoga – Silver

  Cher Hayslip – Silver

  Dana Berry – Track Time!!

Upcoming May Car Shows and Events

5/7 – Caffeine and Octane – Dunwoody, GA

5/13 – NE Georgia Veteran’s Jubilee Car Show – Cornelia, GA

5/19 – 5/21 – Barber Historics @ Barber Motorsports Track – Leeds, AL

5/20 – NEGMC May Monthly Meeting and Picnic – Blairsville, GA & Tiger Drive-in Night – Tiger , GA

5/20 – Old Norcross Days Car Show – Norcross, GA

5/26 – 5/27 – High Speed Fun at the Atlanta Motorsports Park – Dawsonville, GA

5/27 – Hardy Family Ford Mustang and All Ford Show – Dallas, GA

5/27 – Jasper Cruise In – Jasper, GA

The calendar has additional information on these car shows and events.