Hamblen Substance Abuse Coalition hosts Rat Rod Roundup Sept. 7

The Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition is planning to move forward with the Second Annual Rat Rod Roundup.

This year’s event will be held Sept. 26 at a new location, the Rural King parking lot on U.S. Highway 11E across from Golden Corral restaurant in Morristown.

The Rat Rod Roundup is for those who love vintage cars, specifically Rat Rods, and enjoy the look of rusting sheet metal and the sound of thundering engines.

Rat rods are typically loud and made for speed.

Unnecessary items are taken off, including mufflers.

Lowered suspensions and chopped roofs are a common sight as are cars that have been lengthened or shortened for a custom design.

Registration will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m.

Trophies created by K and E Trophies will be awarded for the Big Cheese, King Rat, Most Unique Car, Most Unique Truck, Most Unique Import, Most Unique Motorcycle, and Most Tetanus. There will be a (beanbag) piston toss, a 50/50 drawing, Elmo the Train, a live special appearance from Southern Gospel Music’s up and coming quartet, Redemption’s Promise, and a live disc jockey on site.

There will be food available from the Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition concessions trailer including hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks and popcorn.

To pre-register, contact Dennis Hibbard at 423-748-2231, the HCSAC office at 423-748-7494 or email ratrodroundup@yahoo.com. The pre-registration fee is $20. The day of the show, registration will be $25.00.

One of the registered owners will win a Chevy 350 engine through a drawing. Proceeds of the event benefit the Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition.

Following the Centers for Disease Control and prevention guidelines, participants will adhere to social distancing.

Masks will be suggested, but not required.

The coalition will ensure that there are hand-sanitizing stations throughout the area, for your convenience.