Monday, January 19, 2015

24th-Annual Nashville AutoFest breaks up the winter blues

Car show season screeches to a halt during the winter, but for two-dozen years, enthusiasts have met in Nashville in January for the big AutoFest Car Show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The 2015 installment was a nice mix of show cars and swap meet vendors, meaning that there was something to see for every type of automotive interest. This was my first AutoFest, but several people told me this was the one to go to. I’m glad they did, because as you will see below, there was quite a bit of great stuff there.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Monster Jam hits Nashville's Bridgestone Arena

For almost 30 years, I would go to the monster truck show in Kansas City right around my birthday. Now that I’ve moved to Nashville, it looks like the tradition can continue, albeit a month early, as Monster Jam does the exact same kind of show in Bridgestone Area that they had in the Sprint Center. This event might even draw in a better-known selection of trucks. BHo and I went and checked out all the action last weekend, so I will share that experience with you now.

Monday, January 5, 2015

4th-Annual Tennessee Motorama keeps car show season alive

I moved to Nashville from Kansas City, and so far, the winter is considerably milder. Sure it gets pretty chilly, but I haven’t seen the snow, slop, and misery. The thing is, car show season gets over as soon, if not sooner here than it does in KC. Why not have some car cruises on through November and December? Come on, guys, let’s do this! Anyway, I was happy to see an announcement for the 4th-Annual Tennessee Motorama, which took place last weekend in Murfreesboro. This was an indoor event, although the rain probably kept some show cars away. But it was still a fair little car show and swap meet, and it was definitely something fun to do after a slow couple of months.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The top five most popular stories on Hover Motor Company for 2014

This has been one of the craziest years I’ve ever had. When 2014 rolled in, I had no idea that my life was going to change so drastically. We were humming along, hitting the usual Kansas City-area car shows and events in my old truck, when suddenly, General Motors offered me a job. And just like that, our house was sold, and the Hover family was off to Nashville. So the top-five stories of 2014 represent a little of the old and a little of the new. Let’s look back at the most popular stories on Hover Motor Company as calculated by Google Analytics.  By the way, if you click on the story title, it will take you to the story.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 GMC Canyon test drive review. The truckin' sweet spot

These days, when a manufacturer claims their truck is full-sized, they mean it. I’ve reviewed some pickups lately that completely dwarf the old HMC ’63 Chevy. And while these new trucks are capable of carrying payload and pulling trailers that would have been impossible just a few years ago, there are some people that just don’t want to drive something that big. That’s where the all-new 2015 GMC Canyon comes in. This truck is still able to handle most of the things people buy trucks for in the first place, but it comes in a smaller, more manageable package.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Luke Duke comes to Cooter's Place

We had a brush with fame last weekend.  I've mentioned before how much I loved old car-themed movies and TV shows like The Dukes of Hazzard.  Well, those shows were more than just the cars--someone had to drive them.  BHo and I were really excited to hear that Tom Wopat would be at Cooter's Place in Nashville signing autographs.  Naturally, I forced everyone to stand in an hour-and-a-half line to meet Luke Duke.  We met people that were more obsessed with the show than me.  All-in-all, I'd say it was a pretty fun day.

Merry Christmas from Hover Motor Company*

Christmas and cars.  Now there are two things that really go together.  Well, they go together for me anyway.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a Christmas where I didn’t get at least something car-related.   And apparently, they go together for car manufacturers too.  I can prove that claim by looking back at all the Christmas-themed automotive advertisements that have graced the pages of magazines over the years.  Of course, most of them are from a time when it wasn’t forbidden to mention Christmas in a main-stream advertisement.  So that’s been awhile.  But it’s still fun to look back on some of the stuff they used to print.  Who wouldn’t want a new Packard under the tree?!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2015 Nashville car show, car cruise, car racing, car auction, auto show, swap meet schedule calendar

As an automotive aficionado, I know there are some great car shows, car cruises, car races, car auctions, and swap meets here in the Nashville area.  As a fairly new resident, I’ve had a hard time finding these events, though.

When I lived in Kansas City, I spent a lot of time putting together a weekly calendar of events.  It was great for me, because I knew where to go every weekend, but I often had people tell me they appreciated it too.  I’d like to do something like that now that I’ve moved to Nashville as well.  But instead of doing a new calendar every week, I’m just going to post this schedule that covers all of 2015, and update it as we go.

So here it is.  If you know of a Nashville-area car event that needs to be on here, feel free to e-mail me the details and I will add it if I can.  I need the date, name of event, location with address, time, contact information, and anything else that’s important.  Send that information to craig@hovermotorco.com, and I’ll do my best to include it here.  Also, if you’re going to attend one of these events, it’s always best to call or check ahead.  And with that, I hope you enjoy the 2015 Nashville-area car events schedule below.