Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run & the Car-Show Craze in the Smokies

Rev your engines for one of the most anticipated events of the spring: the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run! From 1930s Coupes and 1940s Fords to 1950s Chevys and 1960s Camaros, this incredible car show will have you itching to ride — and that’s just the start. With multiple vendors at the ready, spice up your own hot rod by snapping up difficult-to-find parts and sought-after accessories. Plus, you can take home souvenir tees for the whole family! So, what are you waiting for?! Grab your keys and hit the road to attend one of the biggest car shows in the nation from April 19 – 21, 2018 (Thursday – Saturday) at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Cruisin’ the Strip
Soft engine purrs, antique upholstery, vintage models, powerful engine roars…before even entering the venue, your hot rod senses will be tingling! With FREE spectator parking, 100s of show cars beckoning, and a chance to meet car lovers from around the country, get ready for endless smiles, stimulating conversation, lots of laughter, and a bona fide good time. Presented by Tennessee XXX Moonshine, a local distillery famed for their handcrafted jars of moonshine, shine up your own sweet ride to participate in the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run or come as official spectators!

LeConte Center
2986 Teaster Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Top 5 Cool Rides
Race to the top of the cool ride list for a grand cash prize of $8,000! Not to worry, 4 runners-up will also receive a cash prize. Additionally, there will be a number of other awards to look forward to at the event, so come ready to win — you may even snag a few door prizes!

Check out some of the 2017 Spring Rod Run winners to get a taste of what you might see this year!

  • 1933 Red Ford
  • 1969 Blue COPO Camaro
  • 1966 Burgundy Mustang
  • 1954 Red Corvette
  • 1967 Khaki Chevy Pick-up

Official Event Merch
Although your attention will be quickly seized by all the astounding autos, the event-themed T-shirts produced by ET Motorgear, a well-established company with more than 30 years of experience in official motorsports event apparel, will surely catch your eye as well. After all, it’s always nice to have a souvenir or two to remember special events by, right? Get one or all T-shirt designs for yourself or make this a family tradition by purchasing enough for the whole household!

The Car-Show Craze Continues!
While the 2018 Spring Rod Run is definitely a must-see, it’s not the only hot rod show in the Smokies. From classic rides to muscle cars and everything in between, Pigeon Forge hosts a number of car events throughout the year — car lovers, start your engines!

Corvette Expo | March 2-3 | LeConte Center
Professionally judged by the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), the Corvette Expo will play host to vintage Corvette models from 1953-1999. As a super bonus, Al Knoch Interiors will not only be attending but also providing a team of specialists to help pimp your ride by installing tops and interiors on the spot! Call 1 (800) 880-8080 to secure your Al Knock Interiors appointment at the Corvette Expo today.

Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge | June 1-3 | Music Road Convention Center
The 18th Annual Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge show is ready to take 2018 by storm! Featuring GTOs, LeMans, Firebirds, Fieros, and more, this car show will get you pumped for the open road! Best of all, the total proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Shades of the Past | September 7-8 | Dollywood’s Splash Country
Enjoy 100s of vintage beauties (through 1972) displayed at Shades of the Past, a car show deemed the Hot Rod Roundup. With fellow classic-car enthusiasts and gracious giveaways all around, you’re sure to have a good ole time!

Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion | August 24-25 | LeConte Center
Fire up your pistons for the Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion, boasting over 4,000 Jeeps of all makes, models, colors, and kinds in one location! Make your Jeep dreams come true as you take a leisurely walk around the venue and pocket a few souvenirs, car parts, and accessories while you’re at it.

Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run | September 13-15 | LeConte Center
Last but not least, the Pigeon Forge Rod Run comes not once but twice a year: spring and fall! After all the 2018 Spring Rod Run fun, counting down the days until the twin show in fall will be inevitable. Get ready for cash prizes, multiple awards, rare car parts, and — of course — amazing hot rods!

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