September is for Classic Car Lovers in Sevierville

September is car month in Sevierville, TN with two very different classic car festivals – the Fall Grand Rod Run and the Shades of the Past Rod Run coming through town.

This month, if it’s classic and muscle cars that really get your engine revved up, then Sevierville, Tn is the place to be. You’ve probably been to or heard of the monster car shows taking place in Pigeon Forge, TN and Sevierville during the month of September. Sevierville will see two HUGE events roll through town next month. The popular Shades of the Past and Grand Rod Run will be back on the Parkway this year. Meanwhile, the Forge Classic Car Show will not run this year as it has in past years in accordance with the Shades of the Past show Sept. 6-7 at the Sevierville Events Center.

What makes these Rod Runs so popular? For most, it’s a trip down memory lane back to time gone by. These fuel-injected pieces of chrome and steel make you reminisce back to your younger days. Days of parking at the ridge and drag racing at the docks. Car shows bring out the wide-eyed child in all of us. Just seeing the cars lined up and down the parkway takes you back to a simpler time. There’s also something about rubbing elbows with 100,000 people that share the same love for certain classic cars that you just can’t find anywhere else.

Gone are the days when an engine overhaul meant climbing into the car, getting your hands dirty, and napping under the hood. These days, if you’ve left you’re lap top at home you’re already behind schedule. Manage to drop a screwdriver in the engine and it’s probably lost till you roll over the next speed hump, or take the next switch back. Only a hammer, bondo, and paint were needed to fix these Chevies, Fords, Pontiacs and Dodges. Fiberglass and computers are now such a part of automobiles, it’s turned out a new generation of mechanics. It’s a wonder that car shows haven’t faded with the times, but it really shows that no matter the make or model, gearheads will always be gearheads. And gearheads love their cars…they’re passionate…and Sevierville, TN is the perfect backdrop to the Great Smoky Mountains to show off these chrome jewels.

Schedule of Sevierville Car Shows in September

The links for Shades of the Past and the Fall Grand Rod Run will take you to pages with entry forms, maps, and other info…so be sure to check them out! This list is taken from a Pigeon Forge Car Shows Schedule.

September 2013
6-7 Shades of the Past Rod Run XXV (more info)
National Parks Resort & Smoky River Ranch
12-15 Fall Grand Rod Run (more info)
Former Grand Hotel location
865-687-3976 or 800-251-4444 or 1-800-475-1188

The Grand Spring Rod Run

The Grand Spring Rod Run rolls through town in mid April on the way to Pigeon Forge.

Just because the Rod Run is held in Pigeon Forge every year doesn’t mean that Sevierville doesn’t take part in its own way. For all the parking along the parkway, there’s just as much driving on Main, gawking at chrome, and whistling on the road.

Sevierville should start seeing the classic cars roll through town on their way towards the Parkway in Pigeon Forge around April 10. The 2012 Grand Spring Rod Run is slated for April 12-15. From shiny, chromed-up, vintage models to the unique fixer-upper, there are cars to look at, cars to drool over and cars to buy. It’s a can’t miss event for every kind of gearhead.

Starting at traffic light No. 3 in Pigeon Forge and running almost all the way down the Parkway, cars are parked in every available parking space facing the road. Literally thousands of cars. You can see cars of every description, especially cherry, vintage, American steel: ’58 Corvettes parked next to Model Ts; a ’55 Bel-Air parked next to a ’38 Studebaker Bus. One of the nicest things is that the owners of these cars will be sitting near them. Look for the lawn chairs near the car and they can tell you everything from where they got it, to what they have done to it and with it.

Right behind the cars will be the vendors. Vendor booths, sponsor booths and demonstrations are just part of the weekend. From Hunter’s Custom Automotive to Ausley’s Chevelle, Camaro Central to ET Motorgear, all the big companies are there. Get the answers that may make your car pain your car passion, then head back to the strip.

Things get even more exciting at night. There is an almost constant parade of cars as the owners fire up their machines and cruise the strip. The rumbling up and down the streets of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville is continuous. Thousands of pounds of steel, chrome and glass doing what they were meant to do… cruise.

The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run is the first of the big three car shows that literally take over the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge-Sevierville area every year. The other two car shows are Shades of the Past and the Fall Grand Rod Run. If you want to be a spectator, participant, or even a car show vendor then we have all of the information you need.

Cruisin’ the Parkway during the 2011 Spring Rod Run:

Pigeon Forge Spring Grand Rod Run Information:

When: April 12-15, 2012
Where: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

  • Participants:
    30 Days Before Event = $30
    Within 30 Days of Event = $40
  • Vendors:
    Outside Space (9×16) = $135
    Inside Space (10×10) = $155
    Sales Corral = $75

For more information about any of the Grand Rod Runs, contact:
MCS Promotions
Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm EST

Hotels associated with the Pigeon Forge Rod Run:
(This is not a recommendation of these hotels…these are simply the places affiliated with the event. To see our recommendations, visit our list of the best hotels in Pigeon Forge)

Family Inns of America – West
3114 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Family Inns of America – East
3785 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tenn

Family Inns of America – North
3239 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tenn

Family Inns of America – South
4112 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tenn

Family Inns of America – Twin Malls
2647 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN
865-429-2244 or 800-251-4444

Grand Inns of America
3206 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-0056 or 800-247-8282

Smoky Shadows Motel and Conference Center
4215 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-7155 or 800-282-2121

Again, For more information about the Spring Grand Rod Run or the Fall Grand Rod Run in Pigeon Forge, contact:
MCS Promotions
Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm EST

For a list of all car shows in Pigeon Forge, be sure to check out our Pigeon Forge Car Show Schedule. You may also want to see our list of the best places to stay in Sevierville as well Sevierville cabin rentals. Also check out the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge and some of the finest Sevierville restaurants. Finally, if some shoppers are coming to town with you, score some points and give them our list of the best coupons for Pigeon Forge.

Have fun and enjoy the Spring Grand Rod Run 2012 in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee !