Macon County Chronicle

Take a Nostalgic Trip Back in Time at the 55th Annual Antique Car Show

There is something rare about the role of the classic car in America – it has the power to make a grown a man a boy again by transporting him back to the days of his youth, and the ability to captivate even the smallest child with its iconic qualities and unique beauty.

The antique car has the rare capability of appealing to the hearts and minds of every American, all the while serving as a reminder of simpler times and a symbol of the decade in which its popularity soared.

Sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (MTRAACA), the 55th annual antique car show will be held this Saturday, September 10th, at the historic Thomas House Hotel in Red Boiling Springs - the perfect setting for a trip down memory lane with its antique treasures, timeless character and community history. 

With over 400 cars and 100 vendors participating in years passed, MTRAACA president Glenn Edwards is hoping this year’s event will receive a large crowd of both participants and visitors. 

“The people in this community are so supportive of the show,” he remarked. “We appreciate everyone who has made this event a success over the years and those who take the time to come out and look, shop or give their time to make it an enjoyable experience for all of our guests. This is a traditional car show set in a traditional venue. There are a lot of people who have been coming to this particular show for years and years, and it’s exciting for us to see those familiar faces every September.”

The show offers 64 classes for entry, with the top three in each class awarded trophies. Special awards will also be given out for ‘Best Original,’ ‘Best Modified,’ ‘Mayor’s Choice,’ ‘Mrs. Cole’s Choice,’ ‘Longest Distance,’ and ‘Hard Luck Award.’ The first 400 cars entered will also receive a cap and dash plaque.

Registration will take place from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The cost to register a vehicle is $15 for the first class entry and $10 for each additional entry. Cars for sale and display can register for $15.

Judging will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday with an awards presentation to follow at 3 p.m.

Aside from the rows and rows of antique cars, guests will also be treated to a large on-site flea market Friday, September 9th, and Saturday, September 10th, full of collectibles, vintage items and must-have treasures. Vendors can register for a 15x15 space for $15 for one day or $25 for both days.

After shopping and viewing hundreds of antique vehicles, guests are guaranteed to work up an appetite and a family-style dining experience will be offered from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday inside the Thomas House Hotel along with the convenience of hotdogs, hamburgers chips and drinks outside from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“We look forward to hosting this show every year,” said Thomas House owner Cherry Cole. “Not only do we love to see all of the antiques cars, but we really enjoy seeing everyone having a great time and sharing their memories with one another. This event really brings everyone in the community together and for a couple of days, we all get to relive the good ole’ days.”

Nestle Waters is the official sponsor of the 55th Annual Antique Car Show. Corporate sponsors include O’Reilly Auto Parts and Interstate All Battery Center. Other business sponsors are Citizens Bank, Macon Bank & Trust, Tri-County Electric, North Central Telephone, Link Automotive, University Medical Center and Wilson Bank & Trust Community Financial Centers.

For those who wish to make a weekend out of the event, rooms are still available at the historic Armour’s (699-2180), Thomas House (699-3006) and Donoho (699-3141) hotels in Red Boiling Springs.

For more information on the 55th Annual Antique Car Show contact MTRAACA members Glenn Edwards at (615) 444-7315 or Read Majors at (615) 483-2661.