Allandale Car Show brings classic rides to Kingsport

J. H. Osborne • Sep 17, 2011 at 5:23 AM

KINGSPORT — Organizers expect more than 400 entries for the 33rd annual Allandale Car Show on Sunday.Dan’l Boone Region Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) is the sponsoring organization for the Allandale Car Show, which always draws crowds of participants and onlookers, rain or shine. The weather forecast for this year’s event is partly cloudy skies and a high of 79 degrees.The show is open to antiques, street rods, “classics,” sports cars, trucks, motorcycles, and special interest cars and trucks. The Dan’l Boone Region club’s members encourage anyone with a vehicle in any of those categories to consider bringing it out for show Sunday. A potential standout at this year’s show, according to club member Dave Berry, is “an absolutely beautiful” Packard four-door sedan from the 1930s that was previously owned by a club member who died about 30 years ago. The club is an affiliate of the 60,000-member-strong Antique Automobile Club of America, which last year celebrated its 75th anniversary. The Allandale Car Show is open to all vehicles for a $10 advance registration fee, which increases to $12 day of show. The fee includes two adult admissions. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, with an awards presentation at 4 p.m. Inside the mansion there will be a showing of automobile-related memorabilia, and tours of the mansion also will be available. Berry said this year’s memorabilia display includes a stunning collection that highlights the history of the spark plug. In addition to the car show and mansion displays, the event will feature door prizes, car awards, dash plaques, children’s prizes, music, entertainment, food and lots of camaraderie. Organizers say an event T-shirt featuring artwork by renowned local artist Jim Caswell has been a collector’s item each year for many years. Front and center on this year’s event shirt: a first-generation Ford Thunderbird from the mid-1950s.There’s a $2 per adult “spectator donation” to enter the grounds. Children under 12 are admitted free. Pets, alcoholic beverages and bicycles are not allowed at the event. For registration information contact Duane Beasley at 288-6422.

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