The weather in the Southeast in April is, at best, a crapshoot. You would love to go out on a day that has a cool tinge to an otherwise sunny ambiance, but there is always the possibility that the skies could thicken up and anything from a spring shower to the kind of weather that sends people running for cover could happen. Leaving Kentucky in the middle of the morning hours for the drive down to Chattanooga, it was still plenty frigid outside, but as I cruised into the Camp Jordan grounds, the sun was out, the trees that had early leaves poking out had a light rustle to them, and the temperature was cool, but was warming up nicely. You couldn’t have asked for better weather for the Chattanooga Cruise-In.
With classic music and the bass kick of V8 engines burbling along down the road harmonizing nicely, all that was left to do was to stroll around and enjoy the sights and sounds. If you wanted to do this right, your first stop needed to be at the food vendors. Find the one that is mixing up Arnold Palmers with mashed strawberries, and order a large one. Then take and put your feet to work for a couple of hours, sipping on that concoction as you roam through hundreds of acres of cars, the likes of which you can see in the galleries. If that didn’t satiate your outdoor activity level, you could cross over Interstate 75 and check out the afternoon racing scene at Brainerd Motorsports Park, where participants were invited to do a little more than just park and look pretty. I’ll apologize now for not covering that bit of action, because it was a stretch for me to make it down for the show in the first place thanks to a very serious bout of food poisoning, but from what I’ve heard from Tommy Lee Byrd, the action held up nicely on the strip too.
Be sure to click on a photo below to see more photos from the Chattanooga Cruise-In, and if you missed the last gallery, CLICK HERE to check it out!