June Car Shows

Here are some June Car Shows and Cruise-Ins for your consideration.

For additional information on the following car shows and cruise-ins check the calendar on the upper right side of this page.

06/17 – The Gwinnett Varsity Cruise In – Norcross, GA – 4:00PM-7:00PM
06/23 – Ford Owners Association All Ford Show and Shine / Summit Racing Car Show – McDonough, GA – 10:00AM-4:00PM
06/23 – Georgia Saleen Reunion at the Ford Owners Association Summit Racing Car Show – McDonough, GA – 10:00AM-4:00PM
06/23 – Jasper Cruise-In – Jasper, GA – 3:00PM-8:00PM
06/23 – Dixie Cruisers Cruise-in – Winder, GA – 5:00PM-8:00PM
06/23 – Lula Belton Historical Society Car Show – Lula, GA – 10:00AM-2:00PM
06/30 – Gateway Classic Cars & Coffee Cruise In – Alpharetta, GA – 9:00AM-12:00PM
06/30 – StreetSide Classics Cars & Coffee – Lithia Springs, GA – 9:00AM-12:00PM

FOA / Summit Racing All Ford Car Show & The Saleen Club of America Georgia Chapter State Reunion – McDonough, GA

This Saturday, June 23, the Ford Owners Association will be holding their annual car show at Summit Racing in McDonough.  Summit’s address is 20 King Mill Rd, McDonough, Georgia 30253.

The show will be presented by the Ford Owners Association and will be open to all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury powered or bodied vehicles.

There will be:

• Top 20 Fords plus 10 Classes and Best of Show
• Top 20 Mustangs plus 10 Classes and Best of Show
• 50/50 Door Prizes, music and food

The show will open at 10:00 AM and close at 4:00 PM.  Judging will take place beginning at 10:00 AM and end at 2:00 PM.

• Registration: $20.00 day of show
• Event Rain Date: Sunday, June 24th

Additionally the Georgia Chapter of the Saleen Club of America will be holding it’s Georgia State Reunion during the FOA/Summit show.

See you there!

 

Grovetown MCA Car Show Results

The NE Georgia Mustang Club had 3 cars brave the weather to attend the MCA National Car Show in Grovetown, GA, this past weekend. There was rain, heavy at times, on the drive down to the show and at the show on Friday. However the weather was great on both Saturday and Sunday. All three cars took gold awards in their respective classes, Ken Shoufler and Rick and Cher Hayslip in Occasionally Driven plus Suzanne and Frankie Newsom winning in President’s Choice. This was Suzanne and Frankie’s first National show, so congratulations guys.

This was also a big and well deserved win for Ken as he earned his nineteenth and twentieth points on his 2004 Mach1. Because of reaching twenty points he has earned his grill medallion which will be awarded at his next National show.

Congratulations Ken, this is the first grill medallion earned by a NE Georgia Mustang Club member in a number of years!

NE Georgia Mustang Club Members Featured in the May 2018 Issue of the Mustang Times

In the May issue of the Mustang Club of America’s Mustang Times is an article documenting the upgrading of Steve Harrison’s 1966 Fastback from a carburetor to Electronic Fuel Injection.  If you are considering a similar upgrade to your Mustang, the following is a good description of the effort required.

Here is the link to the complete Mustang Times issue: http://cdn.coverstand.com/7066/489524/1a8d44e3ee02b87d45c00a95782ef611085da2fc.1.pdf

02/24 – NE Georgia Mustang Club Judging Clinic – Prepping Your Mustang for MCA & Other Judged Shows

At the January meeting our resident MCA National Gold Card Judge, Steve Harrison, offered to conduct a workshop about preparing your car to be judged at a MCA National Show.

The NE Georgia Mustang Club is pleased to announce that a “Going for the Gold” Judging Clinic will take place on February 24th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Steve will discuss general judging guidelines such as the new 2018 scoring process for Occasional Drivers and Daily Drivers; how judges score your car; judging professionalism and the different levels of judges that make up the judging team.  Steve, along with Rick Schmidt and Keith Corkern will describe the tools and techniques that they use on their own prize-winning cars and will, if requested, informally judge your show car to give you an idea of what areas of your car may need attention.

Whether you are thinking about attending your first MCA National Mustang show and are wondering how to achieve a top score at a judged show; this clinic is for you.

The clinic will take place at Steve and Jan Harrison’s home at 4211 Lantern Hill Drive, Dacula, GA 30019 on February 24th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

If you’re interested, we’d like to have an approximate head count so please send an e-mail to Steve at steve66shelby@gmail.com and let him know you are planning on attending and please bring your car show chairs.

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!

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.