Chattanooga Area Hot Rodder Builds A Time Capsule

Vintage front engine dragster
Well, it’s not actually a time capsule, but it does allow Larry Rose to relive some of his greatest memories. It’s a front engine dragster, built to replicate the Cook-Bedwell dragster, which was a very influential drag car in the 1950’s. The original car was known as the Isky U-Fab Special, and it was tough to beat, especially in 1957 when the nitro-burning 354ci Hemi became the world’s fastest dragster, running the quarter mile in 8.891 seconds at 168 miles per hour. Knowing the car’s significance, Rossville, Georgia resident Larry Rose decided to build a tribute to the car and also step back in time to his drag racing days.

Make Plans NOW to Attend the Chattanooga Cruise In Toy Drive

It’s still hot outside, but fall is coming quick and we’re already getting prepared for the Chattanooga Cruise In Toy Drive, which will be happening Saturday, November 17th from 8am until Noon, right here on the streets surrounding Honest Charley Speed Shop. We’d love for you to join us at 1309 Chestnut Street in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. This is a rain or shine event, and we encourage everyone who participates to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys for Tots foundation. Monetary donations are also excepted and there will be special event T-shirts available for the low price of $10, with ALL proceeds going to Toys for Tots. Help us provide a great Christmas for needy children, and let’s have a little fun while we do it. Make plans now to join us!

Our Favorite Hot Rods from the 2018 NSRA Street Rod Nationals

It’s a show that never lets us down, the NSRA Street Rod Nationals. Every year, we make the drive to Louisville, Kentucky for the Nationals, an event that’s been going on for 49 years. We’ve met some of our greatest customers in Louisville, and we meet new ones every year, so it’s a must-attend event for our team. This year, we had a great time breaking in our new guy, Holden on his first trip to the Street Rod Nationals and by Sunday afternoon, he was ready to roll back to Tennessee. But it was back to work on Monday and now that we’ve had some time to reflect on our trip, we wanted to pass along some of our favorite hot rods and custom creations from the NSRA’s largest car show. Take a look, and keep us in mind for your next hot rod project…we have the parts you need!

A Ford Flathead V8 Wins the Great Race (again)!

We love following along with the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. It is one of our sister companies, and it attracts 120 racing teams from all over the world. You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff that gets used and abused on 2,300 miles of intense rallying. We’re talking high dollar stuff, but there are also lots of good old fashioned Fords in the mix, including a bunch of Flathead V8 powered Fords. We always like to peek under the hood to see if these cars and trucks have stock equipment or if they’ve been hopped up, and it’s usually a pretty even split. Last year, a 1932 Ford Cabriolet won the event, using a mostly stock V8 to motivate them to a victory. This year, it was a 1933 Ford pickup, driven by Jeff Fredette and navigated by his son Eric Fredette. They’re from Beecher, Illinois and they have been doing the vintage car rally thing for many years. They’ve come close to winning the Great Race on a few occasions, but this year, they finally did it with a come-from-behind victory on the final day of competition. This year’s route took the racers from Buffalo, New York (a town known for its automotive influence in the early days) to Halifax, Nova Scotia. This epic journey was not for the ill-prepared, as the terrain, weather and traffic plays a big part in staying on time. The Fredette boys nailed it and took home more than $50,000 and the famous bird trophy. In fact, they won two trophies…one for their class win and one for the overall win. All in all, the ol’ Flathead V8 held up pretty well, and we’re glad to see these guys out there leaning on it every chance they get!

10 Cool Engine Combinations from the Hot Rod Reunion

If nostalgia drag racing and traditional hot rods are your thing, then you gotta check out the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion. They have two events each year–one in California, and one in Kentucky. We’re just a few hours away from the event at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, so we enjoy making the trip as spectators each year. The event is packed with vintage speed equipment, but we also see our share of traditionally styled engines, built with new parts. We spotted some cool cars and cool engines at the Hot Rod Reunion, and wanted to pass them along to you, in case you’re looking for some ideas for your project! Don’t worry, we didn’t just pick generic small block Chevy engines…we gave you a nice variety. Enjoy!

The Hot Rod Power Tour Rides Again — Chattanooga, TN 2018

Hot Rod Power Tour
We love it when hot rodders come to Chattanooga because they get to see our hometown and find out why we love it so much! Whether it’s the Chattanooga Cruise In, or the Hot Rod Power Tour, it’s awesome to see thousands of hot rods invading the city. For 2018, the Hot Rod Power Tour made its third stop in Chattanooga, Tennessee, bringing thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, and modern high performance cars into town. The traveling car show features seven days of driving, so it’s pretty tough on old cars, but we are always glad to help when we can. We enjoyed the awesome display of horsepower at the Chattanooga State Community College on Sunday, as well as the visitors we got on Monday morning. We had folks from all over the country visit us, including a few who left a lasting mark on Chestnut Street in front of the shop. Unfortunately, we didn’t get pictures of the burnouts, but we’ll remember them for years to come. Take a look at some of our favorite machines from the 2018 Hot Rod Power Tour Chattanooga invasion and be sure to put this event on your bucket list. After you do that, give us a call, and we’ll help ensure your car survives the heat, traffic and abuse that the Hot Rod Power Tour dishes out each and every year.

Cool Hot Rods and Customs from the Street Rod Nationals South

Street Rod Nationals
When spring rolls around, we always know that a trip to Knoxville, Tennessee is in order. Each year (for the past 40 years or so), the NSRA Street Rod Nationals South has taken over the city, and we always make a trip, even if it’s just for the day. We love checking out the hot rods, customs and classic trucks on display, and it’s always good to make a pass through the swap meet to make sure we don’t walk away from a hot rod treasure. The crowd was a little down this year, due to the threat of rainy weather, but we still saw plenty of cool stuff. Take a look at our favorites from the 2018 rendition of the NSRA Street Rod Nationals South in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Photos from the 2018 Chattanooga Cruise In

It’s spring time in the Scenic City, and that can only mean one thing…it’s time for the Chattanooga Cruise In! We opened the doors and even though we had some iffy weather conditions, thousands of people came to see everything the Chattanooga Cruise In had to offer. Even though you can’t tell it by the pictures, an 80 percent chance of rain on Saturday kept a lot of folks at home for the day, but about 1,500 vehicles braved the potential storms, and enjoyed an awesome get together. It’s always a pleasure for us to open our doors, and invite folks in to browse the shop, and send them home with parts for their project, or at least a souvenir. Take a look at some of our favorite rides from the 2018 Chattanooga Cruise In and be sure to join us next spring, when we do it all over again.

Mark Your Calendars for the Chattanooga Cruise In

Saturday, April 14th, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee is going to be overrun with hot rods, customs, muscle cars, gassers, classic trucks, drag cars and more! We can’t wait, and we’ll be open from 8am until 4pm, selling high quality speed parts, apparel, signs and more from our historic speed shop. This event grows every year, and we’re expecting to see more than 2,000 cars take over the streets and nearby parking lots. There will be food vendors, commercial vendors, a swap meet and Coker Tire’s famous blemished tire sale. We’ll also have some parts on sale for a show special bargain price, so stay tuned and be sure to check it out April 14th right here in the birthplace of Honest Charley. For more information, check out the Chattanooga Cruise In event page on Facebook, which stays up to date with all sorts of info about the event!

Carb Spacers — Cheap Horsepower or Cheesy Add-On?

Carb Spacer
Carburetor Spacers…we see them on everything from Pintos to professional race cars. Sometimes they are necessary for optimal horsepower numbers, while other times they are simply used to raise the carburetors higher for appearance purposes. The thing that makes them so popular is the price. They’re cheap and effective, no matter your intended purpose.