It’s not very often that a one-day cruise-in event brings 2,000 cars, trucks, and motorcycles into a town, but the Chattanooga Cruise In did just that on Saturday, April 2, 2016. The folks at Coker Tire Company started this event in 2011 as an open house to raise awareness for its awesome facility, and it has seen rapid growth with no signs of slowing down. What was once a local event has now evolved into a huge car-guy/gal gathering that drew in participants from more than nine states. With an estimated 15,000 spectators present throughout the day, this isn’t your average cruise night.
The crew at Coker Tire still offers an open house as part of the event, but that’s not the only attraction. Parts vendors, food vendors, and special displays offer lots of wow factor, and this year saw the addition of a Hot Rodders of Tomorrow engine building competition. This HROT National Qualifying event saw 12 teams do battle in an effort to earn points toward a national title. Another element of the Chattanooga Cruise In was the blemished tire sale, which was an easy way for Coker Tire to liquidate some of its damaged goods at a reduced price.
Overall, the event had an enormous footprint on the southside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and plans are already in place to secure more space for next year’s event. With 2,000 cars in 2016, we don’t know what kind of record attendance numbers 2017 will hold for this one-day extravaganza, but we do know that Chevy enthusiasts were scattered all over the premises.
We spotted a bunch of slick Chevys, from LS-swapped G-bodies to a vast collection of tried and true first-generation Camaros, so enjoy our favorite photos from the 2016 Chattanooga Cruise In.
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