No choo-choos at the inaugural Chattanooga MotorCar Festival, just cars, bikes and boats of all ages, all eras, and all disciplines. Cars and motorcycles will compete in three different events at the Festival, which include the Time Trials Between the Bridges, Rendezvous of the Greats Concours d’Elegance, and the High Jinks Rallye.
Those that will challenge the 1.5-mile circuit in the Time Trials Between the Bridges range from a 1956 Wright Special, a 1938 Wolseley Special, a 1918 American LaFrance, a 1929 Ford Model A, to a more “modern” 1970 Boss TA Mustang, 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL and 1972 Ford Capri RS. A 1956 BMW Sidecar Racer R50 will also be there.
The Rallye will have a variety of entries, which include a 1928 BMW R62 motorcycle, a 1956 Jaguar XK140 DHC, a 1952 Aston Martin DB2, and several Porsche 911s.
The Concours will have classic vehicles, such as 1931 Henderson KJ and 1927 BMW R42 motorcycles, a 1948 Simca Gordini F2, a 1955 MG TF1500, a 1958 Jaguar XK150 OTS and a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, among others.
One of the exotic cars entered for the Concours is the 1932 Helicron from the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tenn. Constructed in 1932, this propeller-driven car was discovered in a barn in France in 2000 having been placed there by the original owner in the late 1930s. It was completely rebuilt but many of the mechanical components are original, such as the frame, wire wheels, dashboard, steering wheel, steering gear, brake pedal, light switch, headlights, and the type plate.
The wood structure was sandblasted and treated, the steering gear was rebuilt, and the interior was upholstered. The car steers with the rear wheels and only those wheels have springs. It is currently equipped with a Citroën GS engine with the propeller coupled directly to the crankshaft. The Helicron passed the French safety inspection in 2000 and is approved for use on their roads.
The Festival will also have an Antique Wooden Boat Show on the Riverfront. More details will be announced soon.