The Second annual Cruisin' in the Mountains Car, Truck and Bike show swept into Franklin again this past weekend and just in time for some long awaited sunny weather.
The show took place at the Public Safety Training Center's driving course located on the Industrial Park Loop allowing for plenty of space to accommodate the classic vehicles that were on display.
On Friday evening, car owners attended the Cruise In and Car Show pre-registration. This gave owners an opportunity to save on the registration fee for Saturday's show. Friday's fee was $20, as opposed to $25.
Saturday's show featured vehicles that spanned different model varieties from antiques and classics to late models and rat rods. Admission was $3 for adults while children under the age of 12 were allowed in for free.
Franklin resident Ronnie McConnell attended the show with brother Mike and posted up beside Mike's ’78 Corvette.
“After the summer that we've had, the warm temperature is welcome. It's nice to be able to come out and enjoy all of the cars and the people,” said McConnell. “Everybody seems to be having a really good time.”
The show was sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and Southwestern Community College's Automotive Club. According to Linda Harbuck with the Chamber of Commerce, the proceeds will be split between the two.
David Myers, president of the automotive club provided the winners for each class:
Custom Motorcycle: Steve Sellers
’73 and older Ford Truck: Sherry Williams – 1955 Chevrolet Truck
1974 and newer Ford Truck: Gary Miller – 1993 Ford Lightning
1973 and older GM Car: Homer Holbrooks – 1955 Chevrolet
1974 and newer GM Car: Michael Wyrick – 2004 Cadillac XLR
1973 and older Ford Car: David Junghams – 1932 Ford Three Window Coupe
1974 and newer Ford Car: Bob Parker – 2009 Roush 427R Mustang
1973 and older Dodge/Mopar: Jeff Southards – 1970 Challenger T/A
1974 and newer Dodge/Mopar: Art and Steph Godden – 2010 Challenger
1973 and older Dodge/Mopar: 1968 Volkswagen Bug
1974 and newer import: Steve Acthoff – 2010 Porsche
SCC Automotive Club's Choice: Brenda Ashe – 1965 Mustang
Rad Rod:Wayne English – 1925 Ford Model T
People's Choice: Terry Moore – Chevrolet Truck
Myers thinks the show was a success even though there were two other car shows in the area that may have quelled attendance some.
“There were 94 cars that registered for the show. That's a lot for a car show,” said Myers. “We had a lot of support. It was about the same as it was last year except I think there was definitely more vendors this year.”
Car enthusiasts can keep an eye out for next year's show in the fall months as well. Myers expects to have a third annual Cruisin' in the Mountains, following the same strategy that has worked so far.
“Right now, we're planning on having another one next year. We probably won't do a whole lot different except maybe add some more classes. That's one idea we've thrown around,” he said.