Car shows: There’s row after row of automotive art carefully posed and polished to perfection. It’s just like walking through a taxidermists shop; the animals are cool to look at, but it just seems somewhat unnatural. The right place to view our beloved Camaros is in motion, rolling over good ol’ asphalt. This driving trend is sweeping the hobby, and the popularity of events like the Hot Rod Power Tour and the Year One Experience keep ratcheting up.
Four years ago Bill Howell, owner of the website www.Musclerides.com, his friend Steve Chryssos of Twist Machine, and Larry Callahan of www.Pro-Touring.com decided to start their own driving-themed event. What evolved was the Run Through The Hills (RTTH) held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It takes place over a three-day-period and offers something for everyone.
Friday’s kick-off is a scenic cruise though the local Smokey Mountains, followed by a dinner get-together. Saturday is reserved for the most popular and pulse-raising event, the autocross, a twisting and turning course constructed of orange cones where drivers vie for the fastest lap times. On Sunday the action moves over to the local eighth-mile drag strip for some straight-line action. If none of this gets your heart rate up, then you can always go back to tire gel and lawn chairs.
In addition to awards for the fastest times at the autocross and drag strip, the organizers added an overall award dubbed “The King of the Hill.” Points are tallied from the two driving events, with additional credit awarded for the Friday night cruise. After all, these are supposed to be streetcars. This new overall prize added to the competitive yet friendly vibe of the event; still, the main point of this exciting three-day event was to scuff tires, burn gas, and have a blast.