Street Beat

March/April 2021

47th YEAR

By Newsletter Editors: Gary Price & Sid Vicars




KARC member Dewayne Bowen’s wife “Pat”, Patsy June Bowen, passed away March 8th. Please keep Dewayne and family in your prayers.


Well Wishes

KARC member Dick Cartwright has undergone radiation treatment and is currently taking immunotherapy for lung cancer. He has been told that it is “very treatable”. Please keep Dick in your thoughts and prayers.



This newsletter is for March and April. I contracted Covid at the first of March and it hung around for a few weeks, so I didn’t feel like working on the newsletter. I learned, through people reaching out to check on Kathy and myself, that some have had it that I didn’t know about. It seems to affect everyone differently. We appreciate those that reached out to check on us and the thoughts and prayers of all. - Gary



If you have yet to pay dues for 2021, please bring dues to this month’s meeting or send your $20.00 payment to Mark Warner at 297 Rockingham Gray Tn. 37615.


April 8th Meeting

We will have a meeting, at Golden Corral, Thursday April 8th.


Member Machines and Gossip

(Thanks to Charlie Ball for the pics/info and to Dick for the info.)


March News

The Gray Swap meet was March 12,13&14. th thought it was a success and suggest they keep this swap meet in March.


Bill Pettis took a break from his '41 pickup to pour a '70 foot slab outside his shop. That and warm weather have enabled him to move the truck outside to finish the oil pan and put primer on the DeSoto engine.

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Les Lawson is driving an Equinox while waiting for Courtesy/GM/insurance company do decide what to do about his Camaro.


During the pandemic Les has finished Bill Pettis Bronco and is now ready to move it to Bill's shop. Les has also done some detail work on his '38 Chevrolet sedan.


Les reports he is now fully self employed as he has enough projects of his own on his lot to keep him busy.


Buckshot Elliott has bought a Coyote powertrain for his Ford pickup, he is now waiting for Mikel Smith to get it into his shop for the swap.


Bill Pettis has painted the Desoto Hemi and installed a vintage VW signal light switch, which looks factory, on the pickup.

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Several KARC members, and their friends, attended the Myrtle Beach Run To The Sun. It was reported to be cold, but, they had a good time.



April News

The fate of Les Lawson's Camaro is still mired in GM's bureaucracy. Courtesy has a new replacement on the lot but is awaiting final approval from GM before letting him have the car. He is now driving a Subaru.


Glen Armstrong has been seen driving a Toyota.


Buckshot has a Coyote drivetrain for his truck, and at last account was waiting for Mike Smith to do the swap.


Sid Vicars has bought a TCI front clip for Kathy's Nova. This will give it rack and pinion steering, disc brakes, and coilovers. He is also installing a '65 SS rear axle so it will have 5 lug wheels all around.

Next KARC Meeting – Thursday April 8th



Up Coming Events

April 24                   4th Annual Stewart Williams Furniture Store Car Show, 801 Memorial Blvd, Springfield TN

April 24                   Cruise Against Cancer, Newport City Park, Newport TN


May 1                      BTC Fiber Valley Fest Car Show, 287 Pine St, Dunlap TN

May 1                      Knox County Sherrif’s Car Show, Knoxville Expo Center, Knoxville TN

May 15                    Cruisin With the Cops Car Show &Swap Meet, Old Sagebrush Parking Lot, Morristown TN

May 15                    Casual Gathering of European and British Cars, Taley Ho Inn, Townsend TN

May 15                    Rumble In the Ridge Car Show, 119 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge,Tn (9AM-1:30 PM)

May 21-23              1955,56,&57 Classic Chevy Roundup, The Inn at Christmas Place, Piegon Forge TN

May 28                    KARC Super Cruise, Postponed Indefinitely, May try to reschedule later in the year depending on the Pandemic 

May 29                    Wilderness Trail Rod Run, Postponed Indefinitely, May try to reschedule later in the year depending on the Pandemic 


June 5                    18th Annual Big Bubba’s Fun Run, 297 West School St, Mosheim TN

June 4-5                 Performance Automotive Summer Swap Meet, Appalachian Fair Grounds, Gray TN

June 12                   Celebration Church Cruise-In, Celebration Church, Blountville TN

June 10-13             11th Annual Mopar Meet in the Mountains, Ramsey Convention Center, Pigeon Forge TN

June 12-13             37th Annual Cabin Fever Car & Motorcycle Show, Knoxville Expo Center, Knoxville TN (Set up June 11)

June 12                  RockABilly Car Show, McNairy County Carl Perkins Center, Selmer TN

June 11-12             Mountaineer’s Antique Auto Club 53rd Annual Car Show, Western North Carolina AG Center, Fletcher, NC

June 11-12             7th Annual Spring Redneck Rumble, Farm Bureau Exposition Center, Lebanon TN

June 18-19             37th Annual Moonshine Rod Run, City Park, Newport TN

June 19                  All Corvette Car Show, Bill Gatton Chevrolet Cadillac, Bristol TN

June 26                  Lowes Car Show, Lowes on Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN (10AM-3PM)


July 10                    Mossy Creek Cruzers Show, American Book Co parking lot, 403 E Old Andrew Johnson Hwy, Jefferson City, TN (Rain Date July 17th)


Aug 21                    FOP Broad Street Cruise-In, Downtown Kingsport, TN


Sept 25                   Rods in the City, Powell Church 323 W Emory Rd, Knoxville TN


Oct 9                       Fill the truck with toys Show, Mossy Creek Cruzers, Bush Visitor Center, Dandridge, TN

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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)

Hardee’s, Dandridge, TN on Friday nights (5:30 to 8:30) (sponsored by the Mossy Creek Cruzers)( Located exit 417 of I-40, just behind/beside Perkins)

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


Jefferson Sales South


Jim's Construction


Les Lawson Automotive & Body Shop


Mow-Pro Lawn Care


Mark's Auto Parts


Murphys Automotive


Myers Engine Machine


Nappy's Bar


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


Next Club Meeting: Golden Corral Restaurant on Eastman Road Kingsport, TN. April 8, 2021, 6 PM, Business @ 7 PM