April Car Shows

The Car Shows for April are winding down, here is a partial listing of the Car Shows for the last weekend of the month.  For additional information please refer to the NE Georgia Mustang Club’s calendar on the right of this post.

04.28 thru 04.29 – – 2018 Summit Racing Atlanta Motorama – Hampton, GA – 9:00AM – 5:00PM
04.28 – – – – – – – – Rally at the Ridge Car Show for Angels Among Us Pet Rescue – Suwanee, GA – 10:00AM – 4:00PM
04.28 – – – – – – – – Mt. Zion Eagle Band Car Show – Carrollton, GA – 10:00AM – 4:00PM
04.29 – – – – – – – – Georgia Cool Cruisers Cool Rides & Rescues – Decatur, GA – 1:00PM – 5:00PM
04.29 – – – – – – – – Georgia Concours d’Lemons – Braselton, GA – 8:00AM – 11:00PM

May Car Shows

There are slightly fewer car shows each weekend in May compared to April.  Here are a few to consider, as always there is additional information available from the Club’s calendar.

The BIG car show in May is the Mustang Club of America’s National Show which begins on Friday, May 25 and continues into the weekend ending on Sunday, May 27.  If you have never attended a MCA National Show, here is your chance.  The location of the show is Groveland, GA which is just outside Augusta.  This is the closest MCA National Show to Atlanta for 2018.

05/05 – Mustangs at the Mountain – Stone Mountain, GA – 8:00AM-5:00PM
05/06 – Loganville Cruisers/NAPA Auto Parts Cruise In – Loganville, GA – 1:00PM-5:00PM
05/12 – GA Cool Cruisers Hot Rods at Hayes – Baldwin, GA – 10:00AM-2:00PM
05/12 – Tara Mustang Club’s Cars for Kids Car Show – Palmetto, GA – 9:00AM-2:00PM
05/12 – The Master’s Car Club Show – Loganville, GA – 9:30AM-12:00PM
05/19 – NE Georgia Mustang Club Picnic & May Meeting – Blairsville, GA – 10:00AM-5:00PM
05/19 – Hardy Family Ford / Georgia Regional Mustang Club Car Show – Dallas, GA – 9:00AM-4:00PM
05/19 – Cruisin Car, Truck & Airplane Show – Calhoun, GA – 9:00AM-3:00PM
05/19 – Downtown Main Street Norcross Car Show – Norcross, GA – 8:00AM-2:00PM
05/19 – YearOne Braselton Bash Car Show – Braselton, GA – 11:00AM-3:00PM
05/25 – 05/27 – 2018 MCA National Mustang Show – Grovetown, GA – 8:00AM-5:00PM
05/26 – HPDE Single Day Driving Event at AMP – Dawsonville, GA – 8:00AM-5:00PM

 

04/28 – First Annual Rally at the Ridge Auto Show for Angels Among Us Pet Rescue – Suwanee, GA

Please join us for the First Annual Rally at the Ridge Car / Truck / Motorcycle Show which will be held in the Front Parking Lot of Peachtree Ridge High School.

Peachtree Ridge High School is located at 1555 Old Peachtree Rd NW; Suwanee, Georgia  30024.

All years, makes, and models of Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles and SUVs are welcome.

Registration will open at 9:00 AM and close at 12:00 PM.  The show hours are from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM with the awards presentation at 2:00 PM.

The Awards selected by popular vote and include: Top 20, Kids Choice, Principal Choice, AAU Choice.

Your $20 Registration fee will go to and help support ANGELS AMONG US PET RESCUE.

If you are a student with a valid school ID your Registration fee will be $10.

AAU Pet Adoption will be available on site from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

05/25-05/27 – MCA National Show – Grovetown, GA

It is not too early to begin planning on attending the MCA’s only 2018 National Car Show that will be held in our part of the country.

The Georgia On My Mind National Mustang Show will take place on Friday May 25, 2018 – Sunday May 27, 2018.  The location for the car show will be the Columbia County Exhibition Center at 212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown, GA, 30813

For more information please visit: https://motosho.com/event/59504afb0a0be

06/02 – Summit Racing Equipment & Georgia Street Rod Association Car Show Benefiting Honor Flight – McDonough, GA

Summit Racing Equipment &
Georgia Street Rod Association Car Show
to Benefit
Honor Flight
Saturday, June 2, 2018 ● 10 am – 3 pm
20 Kings Mill, McDonough GA ((I-75 at Exit 216)
Customs – Specialty Cars – Street Rods – Classics – Motorcycles
●All Vehicles Welcome ●$20 Show Car Registration
Food● Music ● Top 20 by Popular Vote
● Award to Car Club with Most Entrants
For information and to volunteer,
contact Fred Martin, GSRA Benefit Car Show Chairman,
cell (404) 202-0920 or email carshow@gsra.com

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials of the respective war in which they fought. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Come out and support a great cause!!

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.

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.

Maggie Valley Write-up on Ford Muscle.Com

Kudos are given to our Club’s Maggie Valley show and congratulations to Rick Hayslip on his blue Saleen being in the author’s top 5 show picks!

 

By Jeff Southard

 

 Our Five Favorites From The 44th Maggie Valley Show

Maggie Valley, North Carolina is well known for its mini-trucking events and motorcycle rallies. Its maybe even better known as the home of the legendary moonshiner Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton. However, once a year in early October, Maggie Valley turns into Mustang Valley as hundreds of the nicest Ford Mustangs in the south invade the town for the annual Mustang and Shelby All-Ford Show presented each year by the North East Georgia Mustang Club.

We were on hand for the 44th edition of this event in search of the coolest Fords on property at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds and what we found certainly were impressive! Check out or top five Fords from the event below.

 

#5 – 1967 Shelby GT500

If you read our article last month about the Pigeon Forge Rod Run, you know that starting these lists off with a Shelby GT500 for sale is becoming a bit of a trend. This red beauty was parked toward the back of the show field in the car corral area and posted for sale.

The seller stated that is 1967 Shelby GT500 only had 33,000 original miles on the clock, and from looking at the car, we believe it. This was a nice, original Shelby that while showing some wear around the edges, could stillbe enjoyed and driven. One look at the rear inner fenders and we got the picture that someone had been doing just that. There was plenty of burnt rubber present.

If you have an extra $125,000 laying around, you too can burn rubber in this GT500…

Forget the timeless look of the GT500 or the legendary power of the 427 engine, we were most impressed by that 8-track player! Hopefully that tape goes with the car or that might just be a deal breaker for a potential buyer!

 

#4 – Clean Coyote SN95

Gone are the days when most any Mustang with a DOHC or Coyote is automatically attention-worthy. Nowadays, even with the engine swap, it still takes something special to get our cameras shooting. This ultra-clean, red SN95 did just that.

Never mind the Coyote 5.0 shoved in between the fenders, this is a super-clean convertible with ’03-’04 Cobra seats, Auto Meter gauges, and a perfect stance. This car has the look. Oh yeah, it does have that Coyote in it too, we cannot ignore that fact for long. The overall all execution of this car is top notch, one of the cleanest SN95s we have saw in a long time.

Cover one eye and pretend that Coyote is not under the hood, this is still one super clean convertible! The red and silver go together perfect, the stance is just right, there is nothing not to like about this SN95!

 

#3 – Bright Atlantic Blue Saleen Cobra

Saleens are rare. Cobras are rare. But Saleen Cobras truly limited. Throw in the Bright Atlantic paint and you can see why we picked this one. To add more allure, the convertible and white top factor, mix it all together and what do you get? A one of one collector piece that is out-of-this- world cool. Owner Rick Hayslip (Georgia State Representative for the Saleen Club Of America) tells us this is one of only 65 Cobra Saleens built between 1996 and 1998, only 34 of which were convertibles. This is the only one painted Bright Atlantic Blue.

Bright Atlantic Blue is one of the prettiest shades of blue to ever grace a Mustang and the white top and silver Saleen stripes just add to that effect.

 

#2 – Flashback S197

The current Mustang styling is so engraved in our mind that it is often easy to forget that this all started with the retro movement. Frankie DeFeo’s “1970 Flashback” pays homage to that retro styling with some cool under the hood artwork and custom touches through out the car.

The car also has plenty of modern touches including an awesome sound system ready to play your favorite ’70s tunes at the click of a button. The red paint is a mile deep and looks awesome. This one clean S197!

Now you see it, now you don’t! Just on of the many cool tricks on this 2006 Ford Mustang!

 

#1 – Boss 429 Street Racer

 

 

One of the most legendary Mustangs of all time is the Boss 429. Available to the public strictly to meet NASCAR production numbers, these cars came from the factory as a race-ready street terror. This Grabber Blue 1970 is one of only 62 in this shade and one of only 500 1970 Boss Mustangs to roll off the assembly line. But beyond all that, this Boss has some extra special history.

The car was modified in the ’70s by legendary factory Ford racer Hubert Platt. Although it has since been returned to original form, the Platt treatment included a Weiand intake manifold with dual center squirt Holley carbs; Hooker headers; a Lakewood scatter shield; an aluminum flywheel and a 4.56 Traction-Lok rearend.

As the story goes, even with the legendary drag racers hand on the car, most of this cars racing action was scene stoplight to stoplight on Saturday nights! Check out the cool vintage photo of the Boss below…

 

Every time we put these Top 5 and Top 10 lists together, we have just as many cool rides that could have made the list. Here are some close calls from this event.

Check more pictures by following this link to Ford Muscle.com:

http://www.fordmuscle.com/photos/event-coverage/car-shows-event-coverage/our-five-favorites-from-the-44th-maggie-valley-show/