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Member Karl Splan running the Auto-Cross event at Bristol Motors Speedway as part of Zoomin in The Mountains Of East Tennessee 2016.

Along about next spring, when some are on the fence as to attending ZTMOET, this video might encourage some to go. Others, not so much. For me, it was a blast. While my times were not great, especially compared with those who had cars with mods, it was beneficial to learn about the capabilities and limitation of the automobile and it’s driver. And I think my car enjoyed the experience as well. All expect the tires. They kept screeching something that I interpreted as “But we are all-season radials. We’re not designed for this!”

You Can Go Cho Again

Jerry Seinfeld drives Margaret Cho to get some coffee in a 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport.

1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport

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Stick Around For The Pope

Jerry Seinfeld drives Jim Gaffigan to get some coffee in a 1977 Volkswagen Bus with the Wesfalia option.

1977 Volkswagen Bus

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10 Years Ago – June 2006

Peach Festival Parade

Date: Saturday, June 17th
Time: 9:00 AM
Attending: Brian & Donna Bogardus, John & Jackie Nicholls, Denny Smith, Stacey & Cindy Timmerman, Lester & Janeth Welsh, Rudy Wilmoth & Patti Letizia and Dave Winkler.

We all met up at Billy’s Super Store and did the usual pre-event thing – chewed the fat. After everyone had a chance to buy some refreshments and/or use the facilities, Stacey rounded us up like a border collie does wayward sheep and led us over to the parade line-up area.

We were assigned spot #34 and the parade marshal had told Stacey that she had set aside enough room for 10 cars, so our seven should have had no problem fitting. Unfortunately she must have thought we were Shriners with go-carts or something because there wasn’t enough room between the pie plate markers to fit all of us. We stretched one car past the beginning marker and several past the ending one. There of course was a simple fix, being as there was no one lined up in front or behind us yet, we just moved the pie plates. 🙂

We then had about another hour to kill waiting on the actual parade to start, so we chewed some more fat and hoped that nothing loud would line up behind us and nothing equine would line up in front of us. It is primary/run off season in South Carolina, so the local politicians were thick as mosquitoes on a summer’s eve shaking hands and smiling.

When the parade finally did start it was kind of anti-climatic. It does seem like every year the crowds lining the route get bigger and bigger and the trick is to meter out your candy tossing so as to not run out before the end and not to end up with a lot of starlite mints and yellow lollipops.

Afterwards most everyone walked into the festival grounds and eye-balled the crafts or ate some nutritious fair food like an elephant ear or a corn dog before heading home.


This is the last of the 10 Years Ago posts, because the July 2006 newsletter was the last one I produced. Someone volunteered to take up the job, but never did. I had been doing a web site along side of the newsletter for almost a decade at that point and by then nearly everyone in the club had internet access. Five years after it happened, we moved into the 21st century.

Barn Find Hunter

Tom Cotter literally wrote the book(s) on barn finds. In our new series, Tom travels the country in his 1939 Ford Woodie Wagon, searching for forgotten classics in barns, backyards and scrapyards. This time, Tom’s in Savannah, Ga., where he finds a British classic that’s made its way to the U.S. from Australia and a muscle car lover’s dream.

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