• Norman Hardin, of Erwin, Tennessee, performs his winning burnout Saturday, Aug. 31, during the 13th annual Carolina Pushrodz Run for the Hills car show in Poplar. (Aerial photo by Mark Collis)
    Norman Hardin, of Erwin, Tennessee, performs his winning burnout Saturday, Aug. 31, during the 13th annual Carolina Pushrodz Run for the Hills car show in Poplar. (Aerial photo by Mark Collis)

Thousands of cars, spectators ‘Run for the Hills’

POPLAR – Organizers of the 13th annual Carolina Pushrodz Run for the Hills Car Show that took place Saturday, Aug. 31, on Marvin’s Garage Road in Poplar estimate it was the largest show to date.

“I think our best counts were we had well over 1,600 show vehicles, including motorcycles and at least 300 or 400 more spectators than last year,” said Misty Hughes, of Carolina Pushrodz. “It was a fantastic turnout. We want to thank everyone who spent their Saturday with us.”

The free, all-day event began at 8 a.m., and classic cars, hot rods, rat rods, motorcycles and customized automobiles limited only by one’s imagination were on display. Mitchell County Transportation provided a free shuttle service for the parking area to the show. 

This year’s event included live entertainment provided by the band Wyldeheart, “Barney Fife,” a burnout competition, which was won by Norman Hardin, of Erwin, Tennessee, BBQ, ice cream, funnel cakes, pizza, hamburgers, Italian ice, hot dogs, jewelry vendors and face painting.

Special guest at this year’s event was Brian Greer, son of NHRA Funny Car World Champion Shirl Greer, and a Johnny Cash impersonator. 

The MItchell News

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