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55th annual event cruises into county June 6

Tennessee’s longest running car show is racing back to Unicoi County this weekend.
The 55th annual Southeastern Autorama will take place at the Unicoi County High School track with gates opening at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, much to the delight of car enthusiasts.
“Last year we had a great turnout,” said Joey Bailey, Southeastern Autorama club president. “We’re hoping to carry over that momentum going into this year’s event. We’ve done things differently the past couple of years, sending out letters to clubs to help better the show.”
The first show was hosted at the current location of Liberty Lumber in 1960 when residents Conrad Beam and Jim Hobbs aimed to showcase Unicoi County.
The Southeastern Autorama has provided participants the opportunity to not only showcase cars from the past and present but forge friendships over the years, according to the club president.
“We have motorcycles, cars and trucks,” Bailey said, “but it is also a way for old friends to get together and people to meet others from the area.”
The car show takes top billing, but the Autorama also features door prizes, a car corral/swap meet, a 50/50 drawing and entertainment sponsored by Johnson City Ford
Merchandise is available at the event, including a Southeastern Autorama T-shirt. Food vendors will also be on hand to provide concessions to attendants.
The event is a hit locally, and provides a boost to the economy, Bailey added.
“They can check out our food vendors at the show,” he said. “On the way out, they can stop by any of the local restaurants to grab a bite to eat. For those who come in, they can stay at one of the local hotels. Anytime you can bring in that type of revenue into the county and city, it is a great thing.”
Awards and trophies will be presented to cars at the event. Registration for cars is allowed the day of the event with a $15 registration fee.
Contact Bailey at [email protected], for more information.