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Kingsport Antique and Rod Club drive-in, car show this weekend

May 23rd, 2014 1:00 pm by Nick Shepherd

Kingsport Antique and Rod Club drive-in, car show this weekend

Photo courtesy Kingsport Antique and Rod Club

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Antique and Rod Club will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a drive-in and a car show this weekend.

This will mark the 14th year the car club has hosted both events. The drive-in will be held Friday night at the Kingsport Town Center on Fort Henry Drive. The Wilderness Trail Rod Run car show will take place on Saturday from 3-8 p.m. in downtown Kingsport.

"Everybody is welcome," said Mike Smith, the car show coordinator. "Spectator entry is free."

Friday night's drive-in will be a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. Over the years, Smith said, the car club has been able to raise more than $50,000.

There will be no entry fee for cars to participate in the drive-in, but people who enter cars will be asked for a donation.

Saturday will be the main attraction. The car show will be open to anyone who would like to enter a vehicle, and Smith expects hundreds of vehicles of all shapes and sizes to show up.

"It will mainly be older street cars, hot rods and muscle cars," he said. "There will probably be a couple of trucks and maybe some motorcycles."

People's choice awards will be handed out, but none of the cars will be judged.

Anyone who enters the car show will be eligible for cash and giveaways. There also will be door prizes, food vendors, live music and games for both adults and kids.

A unique game that will be played Saturday is a poker walk.

Five stations will be placed up and down Broad Street. Participants will go to each station and pull one card. At the end of the walk, whoever has the best poker hand wins.

Smith said the poker game has been going on at car shows for years.

The central location of the show will be on Main Street at the train station. The show will encompass two blocks on Main and the first block on Broad Street.

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