Show promoter Charlie Cobble is well known for his great events, thanks to almost three decades worth of experience in the car show hobby. After talking to Chevy enthusiasts around the country and teaming up with show sponsor, LMC Trucks, Charlie decided to bring back the All Chevy Supernationals, an event that he originated many years ago. Last year was the inaugural show and this year followed the same format. The Thursday through Saturday get-together saw a return to the new Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking Lot with its spacious display spaces and convenient River Walk immediately adjacent to the show field. Shade trees, a running stream, and picnic tables offered the perfect alternative to the warm Tennessee sun. But the 80-degree temperatures did not slow down the enthusiastic crowd of drivers and spectators who spent the weekend examining the 371 vehicles on display.
In addition to the custom cars and trucks, manufacturers had lots of items for that restoration project back home, food vendors kept your personal fuel tank on full, and DJ Gary and his mobile sound machine entertained everyone with '50s music and trivia. Carnival Cruise Lines was an unexpected bonus, not only displaying their NASCAR vehicle in their booth but also selecting a lucky cruise winner every day of the event. In addition to the show itself, the Pigeon Forge location has options for the whole family. While the guys were engaged in car talk and visiting old friends, some of the moms and kids headed to town to enjoy all the shopping opportunities and attractions that have made Pigeon Forge one of Tennessee's favorite resort locations.
As the event came to a close, the team from Showoff Promotions wrapped up the judging and handled the awards presentation, sending 145 drivers home with new additions to their trophy collections. Winning Best of Show Trailered, Best Engine, and the Truckin' Editor's Choice award was Shawn Sammons, thrilled to finally have his beautiful 1967 GMC Sierra on the road.
A nine-year project that began in 2001, the truck was completed just in time to be on display at SEMA, 2010. A team effort between Shawn, his grandfather, George McNaughton, and Silver Star Customs in Horn Lake, MS, the GMC Fleetside was loaded with detail that included a new 2 x 4 steel chassis, Ride Tech 4-link, and an Accuair air suspension, BAD 20 and 22 inch rims, and a high-performance 327 V-8 under the hood.
If you'd like to learn more about this event and maybe pick up a trophy or two yourself, check out the web site, . www.allchevysupernationals.com.