Street Beat

January 2014

40th YEAR





2014 Dues

Treasurer Keith Owens would like to remind all KARC members of the new year, bringing with it the annual dues at the bargain price of $20, same as last 25 or 30 years!!  Postal money order, debit card, target gift cards are not accepted.  Cash or check works, same as Hardees.


2013 KARC Christmas Party

The KARC annual Christmas Party was held at the old Mead Cabin on December 14th.  We estimated 75-80 members participated, and it looked to be the best attended in many years. It was good to see some new (and younger)  members joining the usual crowd. The food was great and everyone had a good time socializing and eating. Thanks to the behind the scenes effort  of Mike Smith, Jim Collier, Keith Owens, and especially Daris and Nell Hartsock. Daris and Nell are always the first to arrive (3pm) and the last to leave. The meat was provided by The Golden Corral and hand delivered by Keith Owens. There wasn’t as much meat left over as usual but there was plenty of leftover food.  One KARC member usually delivers that to the local Salvation Army.


Ailing Members

Since our December meeting, we have had several members with ailments. Ray Wilhelm reportedly had a trip to the Emergency room and is now home. Fred Dotson is currently in the hospital and hopefully recovering.  Norman Davis had a bout with appendicitis, and is now home and recovering. Jay Gillette has been battling health issues for a good while, and now his caretaker wife, Patsy, also has health issues. Remember them in your thoughts and prayers.


Golden Corral 2014  Meal Deal

If you weren’t at the December meeting, or couldn’t hear, Keith Owens announced that the manger of Golden Corral had told Keith she would have to raise our buffet prices slightly this coming year. The new price would be $11.38. Before anyone starts sweating and wrenching their hands, consider that a trip through any fast food drive thru could be $6 or $7.  It’s still a good deal and a good place for the club to meet. Fortunately, there did not seem to be a lot of grumping after the meeting. If you can afford a street rod or other classic vehicle this shouldn’t bother you!!!


2014 Show and Cruise Sponsors

For those not attending the December meeting, the subject of our upcoming 2014 Wilderness Trail Run and Super Cruise events was discussed. We are always looking at the possibility of losing some of our advertiser/sponsor supporters.  All members are encouraged to explore new avenues of sponsorship/advertisers, and/or door prize donations.


Members Machines & Gossip

Did you know?  One hundred years ago in January of 1914 Henry Ford raised the salary of all his workers to the unheard sum of $5 per day.


Lots of KARC members have in the past done business with DB Electrical Rebuilders on hwy. 36. They had continually gone more toward internet sales, and last March had moved out of the location to do strictly internet sales. I (Sid) had incorrectly thought the complete business had moved. We recently found the original alternator, generator, starter rebuild section is still in business under the name Boones Creek Starter/Alternator. Rob Tipton the new owner reports he may install a lift to do in-house starter or electrical work. Rob has worked the shop section for over 20 years. He has also wired a few antique and street rod vehicles.  As of this writing Rob and Gray NAPA are the only local businesses that offer  custom length battery cable assemblies. He is also a new advertiser with us.


KARC roving reporter Charlie Ball has been keeping track of Norman Davis 40 Ford Coupe project. Charlie reports until Norman’s untimely visit to the ER, he was making significant progress.

As per Charlie:  The body had been soda blasted, a .040 over 350 Chevy was being built by Norman, TCI front and rear suspension had been installed with a M11 power rack, 9” Ford with the TCI leaf springs, Speedway tubular center section with trans mount, Speedway recessed firewall, and Dennis Carpenter rear pan have all been installed. Welding was done by an original KARC member Johnny Goins. Paint color is scheduled to be black. The body was very straight and rust free for the most part. Body work by “Bob the Body Man”.



KARC member Johnny McLellan reports if you are looking to do that popular black and white checkerboard flooring for your garage, man cave, or even better the dining room, the only place you can buy it locally is the Home Depot.  Johnny has done an extensive search locally, and reports the cost is very reasonable.


Mike Smith continues updating his 62 Bubbletop. In addition to interior mods, he and his buddy Darell are repainting the hood and trunk, with part of the hood having a black satin finish, accomplished with the clear coat!!


Chris Shelton has made good progress on his 67 Fairlane. After trying different products and methods of spraying bedliner on the floor and inner fenders he has found the product he is happy with. This particular bedliner has the ability of color tinting and sprays well. He also plans to use some of this product inside the trunk area, rear inner quarters, etc. The Fairlane is close to being released from the rotisserie, at which time the suspension will begin reassembly.


Eddies Rod Shop’s 34 Ford Coupe flagship project is currently being treated to an all stainless steel exhaust being fabricated with SS 90’s etc. All joints are tig welded and smoothed with the end result looking like  mandrel bent tubing. Mufflers are bolted to the exhaust on both ends with custom water jet cut stainless flanges, suspended by  custom cut stainless hangers and heavy duty rubber supports.


The Dec. 22nd  Times News Metro section featured a nice Vince Staten article about his Griswold Gang’s annual journey checking out Christmas decorations. Publicity Hound Dick Cartwright was part of a group picture wearing  special T shirts that Dick had coincidentally purchased!!


Jim Bledsoe continues making progress on his 34 Dodge 1 ton panel, VSRA official vehicle.  He was close to making his self imposed deadline of having the entire body under primer as of January 1. Goals are good.  Even if you are a day or two off.


Jerry Collins reports he is making good progress on a friends Chevy pickup. Jerry has at least one personal project awaiting him.  Jerry is making good use of that new garage he completed last year. He just has too much room!!


Bruce Roberts was recently asked if he was making progress on his 36 Ford pickup. To which he replied:  No Heat, No Progress. Bruce has a new 350 crate engine awaiting, and has just had a 2004R overdrive tranny overhauled to attach to the 350.  Bruce reports the 200 is the same length as a 350 turbo, but does have a different rear mount location.


We Hurd Glen Armstrong was chauffeured to a Christmas dinner in a furrin auto, Toyota, that is.


We also Hurd a KARC member purchased a new heat pump from Davis Heating and Air and is now complaining that he didn’t even get a complimentary hat.


I (Sid)  just installed a Lokar shifter for the 700R4, 41 Chev project.  This was a tail mounted version, which for me (Sid) worked out well. Simple, and you can easily go fore and aft 2 inches upon installation.


Up Coming Events

Tennessee Motorama ---- Jan 4-5 ---- Middle Tenn Expo Center, 1209 Park Ave, Murfreesboro, TN

Cabin Fever Indoor Car Show ---- Jan 11-12 ---- Knoxville Expo Center, Knoxville, TN

2nd Annual Icebreaker Swap Meet ---- Jan 12 ---- Westmoreland Expo & Business Center, Westmoreland, TN

18th Annual Performance Swap Meet & Car Corral ---- Jan 24-26 ---- Appalachian Fairgrounds, Gray, TN


Stones River Auto Swap Meet ---- Feb 2 ---- Nashville Expo Center, Nashville, TN

4th Annual Winter Swap Meet ---- Feb 16 ---- Wilson County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, TN

4th Annual Gas, Oil, Automobilia Collectors Swap Meet & Show ---- Feb 22 ---- Mid-TN Expo Center, Murfreesboro, TN

3rd Annual VSRA Magical Rod Run ---- Feb 28 – March 1 ---- Walt Disney World Speedway, Kissimmee, FL


Hunter’s Custom Auto Expo ---- March 8-9 ---- Nashville Expo Center (Nashville Fairgrounds), Nashville, TN

Run to the Sun ---- March 20-22 ---- Myrtle Beach, SC


4th Annual Caney Fork CMT/Abate Bike & Car Show & Swap Meet ---- April 12 ---- National Guard Armory, Gordonsville, TN

Bunny Run 22 ---- April 11-13 ---- Jackson Fairgrounds Park Hwy 45 S, Jackson, TN

31st NSRA Southwest Street Rod Nationals ---- April 11-13 ---- Stare Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK

National Corvette Museum Bash ---- April 24-26 ---- National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, KY

2014 Cars & Bikes ‘ON THE SQUARE’ Car Show ---- April 26 ---- Athens, AL

Cruise Against Cancer ---- April 26 ---- Lowe’s Home Improvement, 120 Epley  Rd, Newport, TN (18 hour Cruise-In Event, 6 AM to 12 Midnight)

38th NSRA Western Street Rod Nationals ---- April 25-27 ---- Kern County Fairgrounds, Bakersfield, CA


40th NSRA Street Rod Nationals South ---- May 2-4 ---- Chilhowee Park & Expo Center, Knoxville, TN

2nd Annual First Baptist Church Spring Auto Show ---- May 3 ---- First Baptist Church, Martin, TN

3rd Annual “Crusin For The Music” Car Show ---- May 3 ---- Spring Hill High School on Hwy 31, Spring Hill, TN

Mid South Classic Collector Car Auction & Swap Meet ---- May 10 ---- Dealer Connect Auto Auction, Jackson, TN

Goodguys 9th Annual Car Show ---- May 16-18 ---- LP Field, Nashville, TN

31st NSRA Mid-America Street Rod Nationals ---- May 23-25 ---- Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, MO

Slammin & Jammin Car Show ---- May 23-25 ---- Lebanon, TN


41st Street Rod Nationals East ---- June 6-8 ---- York Expo Center, York, PA

37th Annual River Tin Car Show ---- June 6-7 ---- Paducah, KY (Pre-49 Car Show)

2014 Hot Rod Power Tour ---- June 8 ---- Chillhowee Park, Knoxville, TN

19th Annual Kruizn River Bluff, Boys Scouts Car Show Troop 458 ---- June 14 ---- River Bluff Park, Ashland City, TN

Cruisin The Square ---- June 14 ---- Downtown Columbia, TN

13th Annual Holley Hot Rod Reunion ---- June 12-14 ---- Bowling Green, KY

AACA Southeast National/Grand National Dual Meet ---- June 12-14 ---- Wilson County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, TN

4th Annual VSRA Ohio Nationals ---- June 20-21 ---- Medina Fairgrounds, Medina, OH

30th Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals ---- June 27-29 ---- Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, CO


2nd Northwest Street Rod Nationals ---- July 4-6 ---- Clark County Fairgrounds, Vancouver, WA

Corvette Homecoming ---- July 17-19 ---- Bowling Green, KY

45th NSRA Street Rod Nationals ---- July 31-Aug 3 ---- Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, KY


Shades of the Past Car Show ---- Sept 5-6 ---- Pigeon Forge, TN

35th NSRA Street Rod Nationals North ---- Sept 12-14 ---- Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI

AACA Car Show on The Square ---- Sept 20-21 ---- Franklin, KY

21st NSRA Northeast Street Rod Nationals ---- Sept 19-21 ---- Champlain Valley Expo, Burlington, VT

5th Annual VSRA Thunder Road Rod Run ---- Sept 26-27 ---- East Tennessee Distillery, Piney Flats, TN

2014 VSRA Vintage Rod Tour ---- Sept 29 – Oct 3 ---- East Coast Beach Tour


16th Annual NMRA All-Ford Finals ---- Oct 2-5 ---- Beech Bend Parkway, Bowling Green, KY

27th NSRA Southeast Street Rod Nationals ---- Oct 10-12 ---- Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL

Oktoberfest Car Show ---- Oct 19 ---- Lebanon, TN


Weekly and Monthly Cruise-Ins

Somerset, KY, Monthly Cruise in ( )

K Mart Parking Lot, Kingsport, TN.  Weekly Fri. Nite Cruise –In (CANCELED)

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


Sponsor List

A1 Auto Paint of Greeneville LLC


Advance Auto Parts


Appalachian Auto Glass & Vinyl Tops


Berry's Pharmacy


Bristol Golf Carts


Brooks Circle Wrecker Service


Brown's Auto & Air Conditioning


Carter's Powder Coating


Center Auto Machine


Classic Investment


Custom Signs


D&D Rod and Custom


Dan'L Boone Region AACA


Dashboard Audio


David Bowman's Custom Paint & Body Shop


Davis Heating & Air Inc


Dent Worx


Don's & Davis Sanitation Service


Eddie's Rod Shop


Fall Branch Auto Parts


Fall Branch Dozing & Ditching


Gateway Self Storage


Gilbert Advanced Asset Management, Inc


Golden Corral


Grand Home Furnishings


Grant Tire & Automotive


Gulley Performance


Hot Dog Hut


Jan Mar Restaurant


Jeff's Pipe & Muffler


Jim's Construction


Kingsport Body Works


*Kingsport Town Center


Lectrochem Metal Finishing


Les Lawson Automotive & Body Shop


Mark's Auto Parts


Mooney's Diner


Myers Engine Machine


National Coatings & Supplies


Norman's Auto Repair


Paint by Darrell


Quality Body Shop


Quality Fasteners


R&D Finishing


R&R Auto & Body Shop


*Rainbow Motors


Roger Clendenin Racing


Ron Mathews Insurance


Skelton's Towing


Smith Auto Parts


Speedway Seatcovers


State Line Collision


Taylor Automotive & Performance


TK's Big Dogs


Tony's Pipe & Muffler


Vintage Street Rodders of America


Wallace News


Wlliams Classic Parts


*Denotes Major Show Sponsor


Next Club Meeting: Golden Corral Restaurant on Eastman Road Kingsport, TN., Jan 9th, 6 PM, Business @ 7 PM