Friday, June 6, 2008 was the beginning of the eighth year of "Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge" as many beautiful Pontiacs rolled into the Music Road Hotel. Pontiacs from Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, North and South Carolina as well as other surrounding areas begin to fill the show area. The show attendance is 100-150 Pontiacs each year. Over the past few years, on Friday evening Floyd Garret of Muscle Car Museum has invited us to tour the museum after hours.
Saturday brought a beautiful but hot sunshine as everyone prepped their cars for judging. Mike, the show coordinator says "judging this caliber of cars is one of the toughest jobs I have ever done." Judging at this show is not concourse judging. It is based on appearance, cleanliness, originality and overall appeal. One highlight of judging was being able to judge a 1970 GTO Judge Convertible. This car is now on display in Floyd Garret's Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, Tennessee.
The quality of Pontiacs was exceptional, from the 1926 Oakland to the 2008 Solstice. The rarest moment ever was having seven fabulous Judges lined up in a row for a photo-op. Many people gathered with cameras in hand to capture this moment.
We strive to keep this show family oriented. We have several families that have attended this show from the beginning. One of the show highlights that most seem to enjoy is the cruise through Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on the way to Newfound Gap at the North Carolina line. It is an awesome feeling when everyone gives you thumbs up, a wave or the action shown to spin the tires. As well as the common phrase "Flog it" is yelled when the cars drive by.
The show comes to a conclusion in the convention center on Sunday Morning with the awards ceremony. We award the top three in each class, People's Choice, and Best in Show. Mark your calendars to attend the 2009 "Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge" at the Music Road Hotel and Convention Center. For more details visit www.pontiacsinpigeonforge.com.