This year, the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is paying a visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the racers are stopping right here at our place on the Southside of town! This isn’t the first time that the Great Race has visited Chattanooga, but we’re going to pull out all the stops to make it the best evening stop on the event! The streets around Honest Charley Speed Shop will be closed (think Chattanooga Cruise In style), and we’re hoping to PACK the streets with hot rods, muscle cars, restored classics and more to welcome the 120 Great Race teams as they enter the Chattanooga evening stop. It all happens Sunday, June 25th from 4 to 8pm Eastern time, and the first Great Race cars should begin arriving at 5:30pm. We plan to have the Speed Shop open, just like our regular cruise in events, so it’s a great chance to check out what’s going on at the world’s first mail order speed shop. The event is FREE to the public, and we’re expecting a great turnout!
We encourage all cruise in participants to arrive from 4pm to 5pm, and stick around until the final Great Race cars roll into the area at 7pm. We’ll have plenty of fun stuff to do, so bring your old car and bring your family to welcome these racers into town. The Great Race features 120 teams, all driving vehicles built in 1972 or earlier. The oldest vehicles in the race are from 1916, and they’re tackling a 2,300-mile trek from Jacksonville, Florida to Traverse City, Michigan, using the Dixie Highway as a guide. You’ll see a nice mixture of pre-WWII vehicles and ’50s classics, with some muscle cars throw in, too! The Chattanooga stop comes on the second day of the race, after a tough drive that starts in Tifton, Georgia Sunday morning. The plan is to line Chestnut Street with as many cruise in cars as possible, leaving enough room for the Great Racers to pass through to their finish line for the day. Bring your chairs, bring American flags and bring a smile because this is going to be awesome! If you’d like more information, please check out the Facebook event page, which will be updated regularly with schedules and other important info!
It gets bigger and better every year! We just can’t believe how many people show up for the Chattanooga Cruise In, which started as a simple open house on a Saturday evening and has now escalated into one of the largest cruise in events in the Southeast. Estimates from local traffic control authorities suggest that we had 2,500 cars and upward of 25,000 people on the blocks surrounding Coker Tire and Honest Charley. This year, the event extended all the way down to the First Tennessee Pavilion, and it was one of the most awesome displays of hot rods, customs, muscle cars, rat rods and drag cars that you’ll ever see. This year was the first time the event crew has attempted a Swap Meet, and it was awesome…dozens of vendors, thousands of spectators and a HUGE turnout for Coker’s blemished tire and wheel sale. We stayed busy all day, so we didn’t get a chance to see it all, but here are some of our favorite pictures that the Coker boys let us borrow. Check ’em out!
It’s that time of year! We’re gearing up for the Chattanooga Cruise In, which is a yearly gathering that happens right here in the Southside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This event started as an open house for Coker Tire and Honest Charley and now it is turning the Scenic City into a car guy destination! The 2017 event is held Saturday, April 1 (no foolin!) from 8am to 4pm Eastern time. There is some construction in the area, but the event staff has secured more parking areas than ever, to hopefully accommodate upward of 2,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles! This year, the event is growing even more with the addition of the Scenic City Swap Meet, which will be held inside the First Tennessee Pavilion, about two blocks away from our store front. Honest Charley Speed Shop is always busy on cruise in days, and we’re glad to help you with a project or simply sell you a souvenir! Come by and see us, and check out the Chattanooga Cruise In event page for more information.
Honest Charley Speed Shop has always been more than just a place to get hot rod parts. Many years ago, Honest Charley was a popular place to get parts for drag cars, round track cars and street cars, so we always like to remind our customers that we concentrate on more than just 1932 Fords. The fact of the matter is that 1932 Fords are the most popular platform that we deal with, but we have one of the best kept secrets in the automotive aftermarket with our comprehensive product lines for General Motors G-body parts. That’s right, the 1978 to 1988 rear wheel drive Chevy Monte Carlo, Malibu and El Camino, as well as Buick Regal (including T-Type, Grand affordable, and still offer the fun of an old school muscle car if they are properly equipped with parts from Honest Charley! Give it a few more horsepower, clean up the interior and maybe give it a fresh coat of paint with new decals, and you’re off to the races in what is now considered a collectable car.
We’re hopeful that 2017 will be a great year for hot rodding, car shows, cruise ins and good times. We’re gearing up for our 2017 show season, and we’re excited to bring you the best deals on parts for your hot rod, muscle car, or anything you might be able to dream up. For the shows listed below, we’ll have our full show rig, with thousands of products in stock and ready to find a new home on your project car. The best part about shopping with Honest Charley at a show is getting to get a hands-on look at the product, and getting to chat with our show staff, which normally consists of Spencer Taylor and Johnathan Sullivan. Buying the parts at an event also saves a few bucks since you won’t have to ship the product to your home. You can also give us a call us at 1-888-795-7077 to pre-order parts and have us deliver them to the show. Weigh out the options and make a wish list–our staff can help you get your project on the road! As always, you’re welcome to stop by our Speed Shop, located at 1309 Chestnut Street, in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. We’re open from 8am to 5pm Eastern time, Monday through Friday. For now, take a look at our 2017 show schedule and see if Honest Charley is coming to a town near you!
April 1 — Chattanooga Cruise In — Chattanooga, Tennessee — Honest Charley Store Front
April 6-9 — Charlotte AutoFair — Charlotte, North Carolina — Space AAO 031-032
April 19-23 — Carlisle Spring Swap Meet — Carlisle, Pennsylvania — P 18-21
August 3-6 — NSRA Street Rod Nationals — Louisville, Kentucky — 401-403
September 27-October 1 — Carlisle Fall Swap Meet — Carlisle, Pennsylvania — A 13-20
October 4-7 — Hershey Fall Meet — Hershey, Pennsylvania — RWA 11-20
TBA — Chattanooga Cruise In Toy Drive — Chattanooga, Tennessee — Honest Charley Store Front
November 23-26 — Daytona Turkey Rod Run — Daytona, Florida — Blue A 0044-0048
For hot rodders everywhere this is certainly a time to reflect upon one of the true legends of our hobby. Pete Chapouris, together with Jim “Jake” Jacobs, created some of the world’s first over-the-counter products available through Pete & Jakes Hot Rod Repair, established in 1974. Together they created some of the earliest independent front suspension and Jaguar rear end setups, while refining four-bar control arms and other pieces that enabled enthusiasts to get their set-ups right the first time.
Hot rods were never meant to be luxurious places to kick your feet up and relax, but there comes a point when hot rodders “grow up” and need to control the noise and the temperature inside their car. We can all remember a time when making it louder, lighter, faster, etc. was the goal, but for a guy who wants to enjoy the tight confines of a Deuce coupe, insulation certainly helps. Early cars were small, so if you have a peppy exhaust note, conversations are nearly impossible, even though your shoulder is basically touching your passenger. Sound damping has come a long way, and we’re 100 percent believers in Dynamat products. We’ve used it in dozens of projects and it always makes a huge difference as a sound barrier and a heat barrier. We’re currently installing it in Mike Wolfe’s 1933 Ford five-window coupe. Even though the car is a little rough around the edges, the Dynamat will make it feel like a Cadillac when the Flathead V8 is humming down the road. This stuff is easy to install, and we have a lot of happy customers who buy it for ALL of their project cars. Get some for your hot rod, custom or muscle car and you’ll be a believer too!
If you watch the American Pickers TV show on the History Channel, then you know that Mike Wolfe loves old motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia. Through the years, he has tested the waters with a few hot rod projects, including a very cool Ford panel truck, and the car pictured here–a crusty 1933 Ford five-window coupe. The car has been a hot rod for lots of years, as evidenced by the parts that are in place, but a few major changes were made after Mike purchased the car on American Pickers. First, he had the top chopped a few inches to give it a menacing look, and he also had some of the structural rust repaired. Mike wanted the car to be road-worthy but he didn’t want to disrupt the character of the car in the process.
We always love seeing the updates and posts from the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s the world’s largest automotive trade show, and you’ll see some crazy stuff walking the aisles. From over-the-top builds to traditional hot rods and customs, the SEMA Show offers a lot for hot rodders like us. We don’t set up as an exhibitor at the show, but a lot of our parts manufacturers have a presence at the show, and display new products for all types of custom vehicles. This year, our Chattanooga, Tennessee neighbors, Coker Tire Company debuted a new tire for the muscle car market–the Firestone Wide Oval Radial tire! Other industry icons, such as Edelbrock, Holley, Comp Cams and more displayed new products as well. Check out our highlights from the 2016 SEMA Show and pick your favorite!
Honest Charley carries a wide range of hot rod parts and we greatly enjoy seeing our parts on the road and the passion of our customers! Take John Borek’s 1930 Model A for example. This Model A has had a ton of work done to it over the years by John and his 7 year old daughter. John bought this at an estate auction from a long-time car collector about six years ago for 500 bucks! This Model A had a ton of damage and most people would have kept looking but John decided to take on this great project. ” I started replacing all the damaged and rusted sections with lots of patch panels and a lot of fabricating” he said. Once he got the body somewhat solid, he braced it and removed the body off the frame.