Mentioned earlier was the giveaway program. This year at DSC the Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup No. 29 made a handful of rodders very happy but the financial “aid” goes beyond rodders and well into the local community. This year’s fifty-fifty drawing approached $45,000, with $22,905 going to Steve Braden. (At the awards ceremony, upon receiving the cash prize, he reached into the box and pulled out a handful of bills and handed them to the “future rodder” who had pulled his winning ticket. One of those very neat touchy-feely moments rodders aren’t normally associated with. We know one youthful rodder who enjoyed the rest of the weekend, assuming Mom didn’t deposit all of the cash in a savings account.)

Shades also offers $10,000 to a preregistered entrant who has his or her name pulled during the awards ceremony. Even though you win the $10,000, your ticket is placed back into the drawing for a chance to win the giveaway car. This year Mary Curry walked away with the cash.

We mentioned that the Shades Car Club is well aware of their community obligations and in the past nine years the club has donated $39,700 to the Blount County Empty Pantry Fund, as well as an additional $39,700 to the Toys for Tots of Blount County. (At the time of this writing the club was preparing to give another $4,000.) Other community benefactors are the Ronald McDonald House of Knoxville at $2,500 and the Share it Forward program with another $2,500 that benefits Dollywood Company employees in need. (Editor’s note: It’s this type of community involvement that ingratiates rodders with community leaders and places our hobby in a good light with the community. It’s also the right thing to do. —B.B.)

The Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup is well known for its awards. Rodders understand the judging is “tight” but fair. There’s the coveted major awards that begin with the Top 25, which moves you along to the Fab Five, which moves you into contention for the Best Street Rod, Best Street Machine, and Best Street Cruiser, and then the biggie, Best Overall. The Best Overall is selected by the owners of the cars that make the Top 25—how’s that for sharing the responsibility and reward?! This year the Fab Five were comprised of Alex Covington for his ’67 Nova, Rodney Harris for his ’32 Ford coupe, Doyle Thomas for his ’63 Rambler (featured in this issue of SR), William Shores for his ’71 Mustang, and Bruce Ricks for his ’56 Ford. From this selection, winning their respective best of categories, were Harris (street rod), Covington (street machine), and Ricks (street cruiser). The Best Overall, as selected by the Top 25 owners, was Ricks for his ’56 Ford named “Suncammer,” built by Steve Cook of Oklahoma.

Other notable awards included the Street Rodder/Painless Performance Products Top 100 (10 recipients) and the Street Rodder Pick. (The AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour Popular Hot Rodding Tri-Five Cruise also used the Shades event as the end destination of one of the weeklong tours, adding to the overall individuality of the event.) There were 16 Specialty Awards handed out by industry personalities. The SoffSeal Mighty Muscle comprises another collection of awards going to five outstanding muscle cars, with one being selected as the overall winner. This year it went to Jerry Dennis for his red ’62 Chevy Impala 409-powered hardtop.

The Hot Rod Roundup also houses an event within itself. There’s the Southeast Deuce Gathering sponsored by the Southeast Deuces that has been part of Shades since the inception. This year 100-plus ’32s were present with Bobby Benfield awarded Best Closed, Bob Baker awarded Best Open, Gene Suelzle awarded Best Commercial, and Keith Rutherford awarded Ladies Choice.

Arguably, the event everyone is waiting for is the car giveaway. This year the Rat’s Glass ’32 Ford highboy roadster built at Bobby Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop in Louisville, Tennessee, was the grand prize. Numerous industry manufacturers take part in supporting this project and it is appreciated by all—Shades and participants.