Vintage Street Rodders of America
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By Rod Hackney VSRA North Carolina Representative

MAGGIE VALLEY, NC—The majestic Appalachian Mountains tower hundreds of feet above on either side. In the picturesque valley below, hot rods of every color and hue sparkle in the sun as if a giant had spread his bag of jelly beans across the grounds.

A street rodder’s dream? Perhaps! But it’s all part of the attractions as the Vintage Street Rodders of America (VSRA) return to the Festival Grounds in Maggie Valley, North Carolina for the second annual “Smokin’ Rodz in the Smokies” car show. The event is slated for 8 am to 4 pm, Friday and Saturday, August 11-12, 2017.

A kick-off party for Smokin’ Rodz is slated at the nearby “Wheels Through Time Museum” on Thursday afternoon from 5 - 7 pm. There will be a free cook-out for all registered car owners and vendors at the museum that will include free tours. Dale Walksler, museum owner and star of the “What’s in the Barn” Velocity Channel TV series, will also be there for a meet and greet. Inside the 40 thousand square foot museum you will view one of the world’s most extensive collections of antique motorcycles and parts including more than 350 bikes dating back to the early 1900s. For good measure, Dale has thrown in a collection of one-of-a-kind collector and antique cars.

An added celebrity this year will be expert mechanic Sam Memmolo, host of “Two Guys Garage,” “Shade Tree Mechanic” and “Sam’s Garage” as well as numerous other television and radio car tech shows. Sam will be at the show both days to meet and greet participants as well as conducting an auto electrical seminar.

But there’s more. Following Friday’s show, there will be a cruise to Harrah’s Casino and Hotel just 16 miles away in Cherokee. As for the Smokin’ Rodz show itself, you can expect more than 100 gorgeous street rods from North Carolina as well as several surrounding states and as far away as Michigan and Florida. Auto parts, a swap meet, crafts, food, T-shirts and other memorabilia will also be for sale on the Festival Grounds at 3374 Soco Road in the heart of scenic Maggie Valley.

VSRA was chartered in 2009 for the True Street Rodder and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of pre-1949 street rods and the street rodding hobby. It’s also a driving organization that encourages members to build, drive and maintain their vehicles. The organization boasts nearly 1,000 members in 30 states up and down the East Coast.

Vehicle registration for Smokin’ Rodz is $20 for VSRA members and $30 for non-members through August 2. Afterwards it’s $30 and $40. Spectator admission is $5 with children under 12 admitted free. Checks made payable to VSRA should be mailed to VSRA, 1024 Mitchell Road, Kingsport, TN 37663. Host hotel will be the Maggie Valley Inn and Convention Center with special VSRA rates available.
So join us Friday and Saturday, August 11-12 for a street rodder’s dream in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information or entry forms visit or contact VSRA President Jim Bledsoe at 423-571-6430 or
Sam Memmolo

Great NewS!!!  We have a Special addition to the action at the show in Maggie Valley this year.  Sam Memmolo will be in attendance this year.  Sam is well known in the automotive world via his TV and Radio show appearances.  He has been on air with tech advise shows like Shade Tree Mechanic, Two Guy’s Garage, Motorhead Garage and his current show now running on Velocity TV, Sam’s Garage.  He will be a valuable asset to our show with a meet and greet session as well as an Electrical Seminar.  He will be there on Friday and Saturday for all the fun.  So make your plans now to attend this year’s fantastic Smokin’ Rodz in the Smokies.


This is the new design for our Official Vehicle which is a 1 ton 1934 Dodge Panel Truck, better known as a Humpback, which will have a 440 Dodge engine with a five speed manual transmission behind it. This is also the front side on our new advertising cards.

Black & White Video of the assembly of a 1936 GM Car--Click to Watch Video

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