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Cars, cars, cars highlight Festival weekend

There was the 1979 Volkswagen “bug” that became a cherished college graduation present, and the 1952 MG-TD that fulfilled a senior citizen’s lifelong dream after a lifetime search.

Such were the stories behind the antique cars on display during Festival on the Green’s “Classic Car Show” Saturday, April 29, in the Village Green Center parking lot.

Joy King of South Knoxville said a search of the Internet ended her decades-long quest for the 1952 MG-TD she displayed at the show.

“I thought before my life was over, I wanted one,” she said. “And now at my age, which is not young, that I finally [got one]. It’s just a dream-come-true.

“I had it shipped in from New Jersey,” King added. “I’ve had it about a half-a-year now.”

Featuring a Chevrolet Chevette engine with automatic transmission, “I always loved the M-G, I loved the style, I like the way it looks, it’s just beautiful to me,” King said, leaving little doubt about her favorite car with the front license plate reading, “Joy’s Toy.”

Participating in her first-ever car show Saturday, King said she’s looking to spice up the MG-TD. “I’m going to go to other [shows] and see what’s available, accessories that are available for the M-G. I’m going to fix it just really beautiful,” she said.

King said she also owns a 1984 Dodge convertible, a 1989 Cadillac that “I wouldn’t swap for a new one.”

Amanda Haskins of Old Stage Hills said her 1979 reddish-orange Volkswagen Beetle convertible — a gift from her father, Johnny McConkey, upon graduating from Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens three years ago — is something she’s wanted “since I was two-years-old.”

Self-proclaimed as Volkswagen “crazy,” Haskins said the first car she drove was a Volkswagen, “sitting in my mom’s friend’s lap” as a small child. “And I’ve wanted one since then.”

As for showing off the Beetle, Haskins and her husband, Russell, a 1994 FHS graduate, travel to shows “every weekend” within a two-hour drive of Farragut “or just anywhere in Tennessee,” she said.

Amanda Haskins said the family Beetle won second-place “at a Volkswagen show last year.”

Highlighting the black interior are patterned “lady bugs galore” around the seats and steering wheel, a style touch by Amanda.

A paint job, which will turn the Beetle a “darker red,” will be Amanda’s much anticipated Christmas present from Russell, she said.

John Amerson of Farragut said his orange 1969 Chevy Corvette features four-wheel disc brakes, fuel injection, power steering, power brakes, power windows, air conditioning — all original. “That’s unusual,” he said, adding the car sold for $4,200 new.

Saying he’s owned the Corvette for about 18 years, the 42-year-old labels it an “everyday car that’s dependable” and “worth every penny” of the $7,000 he spent.

Not bothered by a few conspicuous abrasions to the Corvette’s body, Amerson said his car is made to drive more than show. “If you put it in the garage and don’t drive it, it’ll stay perfect,” he said. “But if you enjoy it, you gotta use it.”

Participating in his first show with the Corvette, Amerson said he was encouraged to do so by his wife, Rena.

Homer Lee and Tommy White, friends from Lenoir City, showed off their 1980 Ford Shays side-by-side — two of 10,000 replicas of the 1928 Ford Model A Lee said were built at “a little place outside of Detroit” during the 1980 model season.

Lee said his bright red Deluxe Shay “has a Pinto engine in it, Pinto four-speed transmission … disc brakes on the front.”

Lee, an FHS Class of 1951 graduate, said he spent “somewhere around twelve thousand” dollars for his Shay “over a year” ago, adding that he and his wife often take it for drives in the country.

White, who said Lee found his light yellow Super Deluxe Shay “and he wanted me to buy it,” added that he and Lee are going to a “National Shay Show” in Nashville, Ind., in May.

White said he’s owned his Shay “for about six months,” paying $12,000.

Jere Krieg of Loudon said he bought his 1954 J2X Allard in Seattle, Wash., “about three years ago,” one of two Allards he owns along with a “Lincoln Town Car, one of the old ones.”

Krieg said his Allard is a replica of a series of successful racing cars that came on the scene “back in the post-World War Two era. … I just enjoy it as a hobby. It took me two years to restore it. I’ve restored cars, and I’ve been in the power-train industry for most of my life. … doing this is fun.”

Krieg said restoration work on the Allard at the show included “body work, electrical and finish the drive-train.”


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