Street Beat

April 2020

46th YEAR

By Newsletter Editors: Gary Price & Sid Vicars




Thoughts and prayers to Sid and Kathy Vicars with the passing of Kathy’s mother, Virginia Hanson.


Well Wishes

Maynard Ketron is home, receiving physical and speech therapy, as he recovers from a stroke.


Buckshot Elliott is home recovering from ankle replacement surgery (Editor’s note: I didn’t know this was possible).


Let’s keep these and all of our other "Brothers with different mothers" in our thoughts and prayers.


Club Meetings

Communication regarding future meetings and, also, informal gatherings will be communicated out, via email and future newsletters, as more details become available and decisions are made. For now, the safety of ourselves and others is most important.


2020 Wilderness Trail Rod Run & Super Cruise

Due to the current conditions and the COVID-19 Virus, the 2020 Wilderness Trail Rod Run, scheduled for May 23rd , has been postponed indefinitely. Depending on future developments, decisions will be made at a later date as to a new date or cancellation for this year. The Fort Henry Mall Super Cruise, normally held on Friday before the Wilderness Trail Rod Run, has also been canceled.


Member Machines and Gossip

(Thanks to Dick for much of the input)

A compression check on Charlie Ball's '37 revealed low compression on #6 cylinder, removing the head revealed some unusual combustion and wear patterns, but no real cause of the low compression. Keith Owens magnafluxed the block, there are no cracks. Since the engine has 80,000 miles on it Charlie plans to give it a complete rebuild.


I (Dick) have the rebuilt transmission back in my '55, it is quiet, shifts beautifully, and the speedometer works. When the car first went on the road the charge indicator was the only thing in the instrument cluster that worked. One by one problems have been solved, I am now awaiting return of the odometer which will, hopefully, have everything in working order.


Bill Hurd's Mercury is in Mike Smith's "Butcher shop" getting new instruments.


Sid Vicars has given up on learning Chinese, which would have been simpler than getting a Chinese carburetor to work. Now on his third carburetor the Chevy II will idle, just not as smooth as it should.


David Baker is using quarantine time to work on an old VW bug. He has removed the engine and is preparing for a rebuild.


Get that old car out of quarantine and drive it. This past Saturday, I (Gary) took my Plymouth out for a good long drive, then, came home, had Kathy jump in, and we drove a good while longer. Just cruising and playing the radio, with no particular place to go.


Up Coming Events

Apr 2-5              Spring Charlotte Auto Fair - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC

Apr 3-5              NSRA 33rd Southeast Street Rod Nationals – Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL

Apr 18               Spring Run Old Car Cruize Around – Meet at Wever city Baptist Church at 9AM. More Infor 276-386-7901

Apr 15-18          Bronco Super Celebration – Talley Ho Inn, Pigeon Forge, TN

Apr 16-18          Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run - LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN

April 25             NSRA Appreciation Day – Rainbow Motors on Stone Dr, Kingsport, TN

Apr 24-26          NSRA 44th Western Street Rod Nationals – Kern County Fairgrounds, Bakersfield, CA


May 1-3             NSRA 46th Street Rod Nationals SouthRescheduled for Oct 1-3

May 1-4             Yellow Mustang Registry - The Inn At Christmas Place, Pigeon Forge, TN

May 6-9             Smokey Mountain Pedal Car Show – Country Cascades, Pigeon Forge, TN

May 15-16         Chevy Classic Roundup - The Inn At Christmas Place, Pigeon Forge, TN

May 14-16         Grand National F-100 Reunion - LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN

May 22-24         NSRA 37th Mid-America Street Rod Nationals – Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, MO

May 23              Wilderness Trail Rod RunPOSTPONED Infininetly


June 5-7           NSRA 47th Street Rod Nationals East – York Expo Center, York, PA

June 4-7           Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge – MainStay Suites, Pigeon Forge, TN

June 12-13       Mountaineer's Antique Auto Club 53rd Annual Car Show – Western NC Agricultural Center, Fletcher, NC

June 19-20       Moonshine Rod Run City Park, New Port, TN

June 26-28       NSRA 36th Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals – Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, CO


July 10-12         NSRA 37th Southwest Street Rod Nationals – State Fair Park,Oklahoma City, OK


August 6-9        NSRA 51st Street Rod Nationals – Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY

August 21-23    NSRA 2nd Route 66 Street Rod Nationals – Expo New Mexico, Albuoueque, NM

August 20-22    8th Annual Great Smokey Mountain Jeep InvasionLeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN


Sept 11-13        NSRA 41st Street Rod Nationals North – Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Sept 11-12        Shades of the Past Car ShowDollywoods Splash Country, Pegion Forge, TN

Sept 17-19        Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run - LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN

Sept 18-20        NSRA 27th Northeast Street Rod Nationals – Champlain Valley Exposition, Burlington, VT


OCT 1-3             NSRA 46th Street Rod Nationals SouthChilhowee Park & Expo Center, Knoxville, TN

Oct 22-24          Fall Charlotte Auto Fair - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC


Dec 11              KARC Club Christmas Party – Press Room at Food City on Center St, Kingsport, TN



Weekly and Monthly Cruise-Ins

Jonesborough Classic Cruise-In – The Chuckey Depot Museum, 110 Second Ave, Jonesborough, TN (Starts May 18 & then every 3rd Sat thru Oct)(5-8PM)

Sonic Drive-In Cruise-In, Fort Henry Dr, Kingsport, TN, 4th Friday of each month starting April 24 thru Oct 23

Somerset, KY, Monthly Cruise in ( ) (Every 4th Saturday April thru October, 1 to 7 PM)

Freddy’s on Stone Dr, In the Parking lot across from Freddy’s, Kingsport, TN.  Weekly Fri. Nite Cruise –In

Cruise to the Border, Across from the train Station, Bristol, TN Weekly Fri Nite Cruise-In (May thru Oct)

Elizabethton TN Downtown weekly Saturday Nite Cruise-In (April thru Oct)

Cycle City BI-Weekly Cruise-In, Cycle City on Market St, Kingsport, TN (First Cruise on Saturday April 6, 10 AM to 2 PM)

Dairy Queen Cruise-In, Dairy Queen on 11E across from Wal-Mart, Greenville, TN (Every Sunday 4PM to ????) First Cruise June 9, 2013

Jenkins KY Cruise-In, First Saturday of each Month, City Park Jenkins, KY (Starts first Saturday in May)(Starts at 4PM, Burnouts begin at 7PM)

Walmart in Jefferson City, TN on Friday nights (5:30 to 8:30) (sponsored by the Mossy Creek Cruzers)

BoJangles in Dandridge, TN on Sunday afternoons (2PM to 5PM) (sponsored by the Mossy Creek Cruzers)

Church Hill Food City, First Saturday of each month at Food City in Church Hill, TN (Food and music)

Cars, Coffee, Tire Kicking, Breakfast, & B.S. – Steak & Shake, at the Pinnacle Bristol, TN, 8 AM to 10 AM last Saturday of each month.




A1 Auto Paint of Greenville LLC


Advance Auto Parts




Ballistic Hair Co

423-246-1533 ext.19

Betty's Stockyard Cafe


Berry's Pharmacy


Brooks Circle Wrecker Service


Brown's Auto & Air Conditioning


BrushStrokes N'More


Carter Powder Coating


D&D Rod and Custom


Dan'l Boone Region AACA


Davis Heating and Air, Inc


Dent Worx, Inc


Dirt Road Customs


Don's & Davis' Sanitation


Eddie's Rod Shop


Fall Branch Auto


Fort Henry Mall


Gray Synthetic Lubricant


Grant Tire & Automotive


Gulley Performance


Heritage Title


Jeff's Pipe and Muffler


Jim's Construction


Les Lawson Automotive & Body Shop


Mow-Pro Lawn Care


Mark's Auto Parts


Murphys Automotive


Myers Engine Machine


Nappy's Bar


Norman"s Auto Repair


Paint by Darrell


Pro Body Shop


ONU Print Customs 


Quality Heat & Air


*Rainbow Motors


R&D Finishing


Roger Clendenin Racing


Ron Mathews Insurance


R & S Collision Center


Smith Auto Parts & Engine Machine


Speedway Seatcovers


State Farm Insurance


Stateline Collision


Taylor Automotive & Performance


Tony's Pipe & Muffler


Top Performance


Unique Kar Kare


Wampler's Barber Co


Woodstone Deli


Next Club Meeting: Golden Corral Restaurant on Eastman Road Kingsport, TN. TO BE DETERMINED, 6 PM, Business @ 7 PM