Rat Rod event moving to Rural King parking lot

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

The Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition is moving 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.

If you love vintage cars, specifically Rat Rods, and enjoy the look of rusting sheet metal and the sound of thundering engines, then the Rat Rod Roundup is for you. For those who do not know what a Rat Rod is, it is a classic car that is unrestored. The ‘newest’ rat rods are from the 70s but most come from the 50s and 60s. Dented fenders are typically not replaced, but are hammered out or the dent is left alone. On these cars, rust is a must. Owners take replacement parts from another old vehicle and modify them 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.

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. 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 are suggested, but not required. The coalition will ensure that there are hand-sanitizing stations throughout the area, for your convenience.