Chattanooga, Tennessee, isn’t the biggest of cities, but it’s certainly becoming a popular destination thanks to a number of great attractions, restaurants, and nearby scenery. For car guys, it’s becoming an attraction because of the Chattanooga Cruise-In – an event hosted by long-standing Chattanooga companies Coker Tire and Honest Charley Speed Shop.
You may have heard of these companies or have an understanding of what each company represents in the old-car hobby, but it’s tough to get the full scope without actually checking out the facilities firsthand. That notion is what started the Chattanooga Cruise In – a free-to-the-public open house to show off all of the cool stuff in the works at Coker Tire and Honest Charley plus a cruise-in to let locals show off their classic cars. Five years later, it has turned into the biggest single-day cruise-in event in the Southeast, and the April 11, 2015 event was one for the record books.
The official event hours were 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but folks rolled in as early as 7 a.m. to get parked. With parking on the streets and parking lots that surround the Coker Tire compound, space was somewhat limited, even though the staff had reserved more street closures than normal. Hundreds of Camaros, Novas, Chevelles, Corvettes, and more rolled into the event, with everything from restored stockers to full-on Pro Touring builds on hand. Food vendors and neighboring restaurants offered great food for the attendees, while several door prizes kept folks anxiously awaiting the results of the 3 p.m. drawing. By 4 p.m., the crowds had dispersed and the flurry of car-guy activity was over.
At the end of the day, the Chattanooga Police Officers who worked the entry gates estimated 2,000 cars and 15,000 spectators had entered the event. Many of those cars proudly wore the Chevy Bow Tie, so we picked out our favorites, and put together a special gallery of the best Chevys at the 2015 Chattanooga Cruise-In.