The 2016 edition of the Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup kicked off Friday under clear blue skies. The grounds of Dollywood Splash Country were covered with some of the finest rods in the nation. The Roundup has become a premier event in our hobby and the quality of the vehicles on hand this year was spectacular. This was due in part to the inaugural edition of the Triple Crown of Rodding, presented by Painless Performance Products. The anticipation was high to see which cars would be named Street Rod of the Year, Street Machine of the Year, and Street Cruiser of the Year. The judging was without a doubt difficult and the prizes were coveted by all of the entrants. With almost the entire editorial staff of STREET RODDER in attendance the web coverage was in depth and almost in real time. Be sure to check out all of the updates from the Painless Performance Products Triple Crown of Rodding here atstreetrodder.com.
The Splash Country grounds were jammed all weekend with spectators and participants. It was warm but dry both days much to the delight of everyone in attendance. The swap meet was huge and the vendor areas were filled to capacity. On Saturday the award winners were on display around the splash park. The award ceremonies kicked off at 4:30 and all of the winners were announced. The Top 25 were introduced and the Triple Crown winners were named. The popular 50/50 total reached over $20,000 and went home with one very lucky gentleman; $10,000 went to one of the pre-registered participants and the Bobby Alloway–built 1932 roadster was won by a very happy and excited participant. Find out all of the winners names in our in-depth coverage of the 34th edition of the Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup.
It was also the wrap-up of the Shades of the Past Road Tour. Beginning the week in Nashville proved to be very popular and our activities during the week were all well received by the tour participants. Thanks go out to everyone who greeted us during the week. Next year the ARP/STREET RODDER Road Tour participation at the 2017 Shades event will be even bigger. While Rick Love and Jack Chisenhall lead the Vintage Air Road Tour to Pigeon Forge, the Shades of the Past Tour will start by spending the Labor Day weekend in Charlotte before heading to the Hot Rod Roundup. Make plans now to join one of these tours and be a part of the 100-plus Road Tour cars at the 35th Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup.