We get around to a lot of car shows here in the Southeast, and just because we’re not set up as a vendor doesn’t mean we’re not interested in the event. The Goodguys Nashville Nationals is a great example, as it’s just a couple hours away from our office, and it offers up a couple thousand cars and trucks. The venue for the event is LP Field, which is right across the river from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It’s an excellent show, and we’re always glad to sneak away from the office to check it out and snap a few pictures of cars with our tires and wheels! And though the weather may have hindered the overall turnout, the event was still huge and gave us a lot of cool stuff to look at. Oh, you like cool stuff, too? Well, you’re in luck, as we’ve compiled a bunch of our favorite hot rods, muscle cars and classic trucks that feature our tires and wheels.
Spring is a busy time of the year for us at Coker Tire Company. We have our cruise in, we have Spring Carlisle and many other events that keep us rolling. Although we didn’t have a vendor presence, we had boots on the ground in Knoxville, Tennessee for the NSRA Street Rod National South. We spotted a bunch of great cars and trucks rolling on Coker products, including a killer green ’32 Chevy coupe, which is a recent Street Rodder magazine cover car. As always our Firestone Deluxe Champion tires were all over the place, but we also notice a bunch of whitewall radial tires in the mix as well. Overall, it was a wonderful weekend, with awesome weather and a whole lotta hot rods rumbling around Chilhowee Park. Check out our favorites!
We’ve worked pretty hard to encourage our customers to get out and drive their collector cars, and events like the Coker Tire Tour to the Mitty provide even more inspiration. There might be an ulterior motive hidden in there (to sell more tires, or in this case Sports Car Tires). The Mitty is a road race for vintage cars, and it’s held at Road Atlanta, which is a couple hours away from our headquarters here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This year, we partnered with Classic Motorsports Magazine to create a driving experience like no other–a trip through some of the most beautiful scenery and twisty back roads with a final destination of the Mitty. With more than 50 cars participating, it was a big hit, and we’re hoping to do more of these driving events in the future.
They always say that ‘close’ only counts in horsehoes and hand grenades, but when you’re talking about spending millions in new car development and tooling up for production, close really doesn’t count. Some of these great concept cars influenced the industry for years after their appearance. These cars never happened, or at least they never made it into full-scale production. When you look closer at them and consider what was going on around them at the time, you start to understand more about why they didn’t make it and more interestingly, you start to see the butterfly effects of what might have happened if they did make it. Concept cars are the life blood of the industry, exercising trends, styles, engineering and even names, running from sketches all the way through to public displays.
In the good ol’ days, a well received car, might just hop into the fast track to production. These days the stakes are higher than ever. So too are the considerations, with safety and global applications muddying up the process. Sure, every now and then a car sneaks through, but these days the process is far more complicated and maybe in a backhanded way, less creative and exciting. Why would we suggest that today’s wild 3D models of hopeful designs might be boring? Take a look at these beauties and think about all of the things that would have been changed forever had they been produced. Concept cars were never as influential as they were in the 1950s and 1960s.
Enjoy Ten Cars that never happened, but totally should have. (more…)
When we started the Chattanooga Cruise In back in 2011, it was a great opportunity to open our doors and show local car folks the cool stuff in and around our facilities here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It grew quickly, and now the Chattanooga Cruise In is the largest single-day cruise in event in the Southeast. We were absolutely blown away with the turnout at our most recent event, held on April 11th, from 10am to 4pm. Car count and spectator count estimations were tough to calculate because of the massive crowd, but our estimates are 2,000 cruise in cars, and approximately 15,000 spectators throughout the day. It was overwhelming for our staff, but at the end of the day, we knew it was another record-breaking day at our cruise in. Check out some of our favorite photos from the day, and be sure to check out our full gallery of photos on Facebook.
1975 Chevrolet Corvette
It was the height of the oil crisis, horsepower was running for the hills as legions of miserly imported ants marched onto the nation’s highways. The mighty muscle cars of America were gasping their last breaths. Meanwhile, Corvette was trying on short-shorts and striped tube socks, adjusting to life in the seventies. 1975 had Corvette at its lowest horsepower figure since the first generation six cylinder models(150-155hp) burbled onto the scene in the fifties. Wheezing it’s way to a pavement wrinkling 165 horsepower, even Corvette was struggling with the decade. The oil crisis was not playing nicely. Even so, to this day you just have to ask how we managed to get so few horsepower from 350 cubic inches of American V8. (more…)
When you’re building a hot rod, rat rod, slammed custom or jacked-up gasser, you’ll likely have a vision for the car’s stance long before you consider it complete. You might even have the stance planned out before you ever get started. The right suspension setup certainly plays a role in a car’s stance, but allow us to be the first to say that tires and wheels rank highly in the stance department. The right tire and wheel combination can make an undesirable car look cool, and the wrong tire and wheel combination can make a cool car look awkward. In the end, it’s up to the owner of the car to determine the overall look, but we’re throwing TEN killer cars and trucks out there to provide some inspiration.
Emotions are at an all time high on the grounds of Coker Tire and Honest Charley on this cloudy day in March. We started the day by putting the final touches on a 1912 Thomas Flyer, and revealing it to the car’s new owner. You see, this Thomas Flyer was our founder, Harold Coker’s last project car, before he passed away suddenly in November of last year. It was a long way from being finished at the time of his passing, but Corky Coker encouraged the guys at Honest Charley to complete it in time for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance coming up this weekend. The car was passed down to Corky’s brother, David Coker, who saw the finished product for the first time this morning. Lill Coker was also on hand for the reveal, and it’s safe to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the Coker’s saw the tag that Howard Horn hand-lettered to finish off the build. Keep reading for a touching video of the reveal and a bunch of pictures of Harold’s Last One.
If you’ve followed Coker Tire for very long, then you know we are HUGE advocates for getting out and putting plenty of miles on your collector vehicle. We’re proud to announce a new excuse to get in and go for a drive–the Coker Tire Tour to the Classic Motorsports Mitty. If you’ve never heard of “the Mitty”, it’s a road racing event held at Road Atlanta and it’s geared toward vintage cars. We’re planning an awesome ride from our facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee to the awesome Braselton, Georgia-based race track. The trip will include twisty back roads, delicious food and a finish destination that will offer lots of fun. It all starts with a “Cars and Coffee” type event here at Coker on Friday, April 24th. Then, we travel to beautiful Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia, and finally navigate the back roads to Road Atlanta, where a BBQ dinner will be waiting for us at the Mitty. Your ticket includes all meals, as well as a one-day ticket to the Mitty event. Click this link to learn more about the Coker Tire Tour to the Classic Motorsports Mitty: http://classicmotorsports.net/events/coker-tire-tour/
We’re proud of our products, and we’re proud to be the world’s leading supplier of tires and wheels for collector vehicles. We stand behind our products with a warranty against manufacturer’s defects, as well as an available 5-year protection plan, which is an outstanding value. This plan is available for both tires and wheels, and offers free replacement of tires or wheels that become damaged due to road hazards such as potholes, curbs and road debris. Extended Tire Protection is available on nearly all of our tires, for a small additional fee ($10 to $20 depending on the tire’s retail pricing), while Extended Wheel Protection has a flat fee of $25 per wheel. We’ve made it easy to add Extended Tire Protection or Extended Wheel Protection to your online order, but you can always give us a call at 1-866-516-3215, and we’ll gladly explain the programs in detail. Find out more about our extended protection programs by clicking here: https://www.cokertire.com/extended-tire-protection