Hamblen Substance Abuse Coalition hosts Rat Rod Roundup Sept. 7

Peter Duvaloois drives his Rat Rod near his shop on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Saugerties, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Do you have a love for rusting sheet metal and thundering engines? Then the Rat Rod Roundup is for you.

The inaugural roundup is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7 at Fred Miller Park in Morristown. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Proceeds of the event benefit the Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition, Inc.

A “Rat Rod” is a classic car that has not been classically restored. Basically, the “newest” rat rods are from the ‘70s but most come from the ‘50s and ‘60s or earlier. Dented fenders aren’t replaced, they are hammered out or the dent is left alone.

Rust is a must for rat rods.

Replacement parts can be taken from another old vehicle and modified to fit. 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.

Awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 7. 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 piston toss, a beauty contest for ladies dressed in 50s style dresses, a 50/50 drawing, Elmo the Train and a live disc jockey. There will be food and craft vendors on site.

To pre-register, contact Dennis Hibbard at 423-748-2231, William Bailey at 423-312-0551 or email ratrodroundup@yahoo.com. Preregistration fee is $15 with day of show registration $20.

A 1976 Mopar 440 engine will be awarded to one of the registered owners through a drawing.