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Nationally-known hot rod builder to display cars at annual Goodyear Labor Day event

Nationally-known hot rod builder to display cars at annual Goodyear Labor Day event

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 7:37 pm

A special treat awaits those who attend this year’s Labor Day Car & Bike Show hosted by the Union City Goodyear plant. “Every year we feature vehicles that we have not showcased before and this year’s display program will also include vehicles from some new participants. We believe this year’s displays will be among some of the best that we have ever presented as part of this event,” said Jimmy Cagle, manager of communications. The program will include a display of hot rods built by nationally-known Legens Hot Rods of Martin. Steve Legens is founder and owner of the company, which specializes in building street rods “from the ground up” and which produces and sells custom hot rod parts. Legens says that this is first time he has participated in a local auto-related event, although he and his staff of 15 regularly display cars at major events around the country. “I initially went to the Goodyear show some five to six years ago and I really enjoyed it. Fortunately, it is working out where I can be a part of this event on Labor Day weekend,” he said. “I have wanted to somehow support the local community at an event like this. I’m excited and looking forward to it,” he added. Legens is arranging to bring 10 street rods that his company has built, some of which will be brought to the show by owners in Memphis and Nashville. “This is a ‘first’ for us in that for the first time we are affiliating with Legens Hot Rod Shop to bring some beautiful show cars to our event,” said Mike Burress, co-chairman of the Goodyear Car Show, who is working with Legens to bring the cars to the show. “Legens Hot Rod is known around the country for its work in custom-building street rods. They have won numerous national awards and have been featured by some of the top auto journals in the U.S.,” he said. Legens Hot Rod Shop, located in Martin, was established in 1991 and is now one of the few shops that is equipped to “offer everything under one roof.” The company’s 7,200-square-foot facility is equipped with a machine/metal shop, body shop, product production room, wet sand/buffing bay, upholstery shop, a six-car finish room and a display showroom. Legens’ passion for cars began at the age of 14, when he began customizing hot rods. He built his first hot rod, a Model A Coupe, in 1980. Legens’ custom-built cars have gained increased attention in the past 17 years. His automobiles have been on the front covers of publications such as Street Rodder, American Rodder, Street Rod Builder, Super Rod, Rod and Custom, Truckin’, Trucks, Power Block, Street Rodder Calender, SEMA Show TN and Meguiars Car Crazy. Legens’ hot rods have also won many prestigious awards, such as Great 8’ Ridler Award, Top 25 — Shades of the Past, Mother’s Shine Award — SEMA, Street Rodder Top Ten, Outstanding Ford-in-a-Ford, Street Rod of the Year, Truck of the Year finalist, America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod of the Year finalist, Boyd Coddington Top Ten, Rod and Custom Top Ten, Top Ten Truck of the Year and this year’s 2008 Street Rod of the Year finalist, Best New Product — NSRA and Best New Product — SRMA. As part of the car show’s schedule of events, Legens will be one of several people giving seminars on auto-related topics at the Goodyear Car Show on Labor Day. “We invite everyone to make their plans to attend our car show program on Labor Day,” Cagle said. “Our committee has worked hard again this year to make this a really special event for our community.” The Goodyear Car & Bike Show will help to launch the annual Obion County CornFest calendar of events in September. “This is also one of the events we are staging in conjunction with our plant’s 40th anniversary this fall. In addition to all of the cars, trucks and motorcycles on display and in judging competition, there will be a lot of other activities for family members of all ages to enjoy,” he said. In addition to Legens’ hot rod display, other special displays during the car show will include Crosley’s racing car from Paducah, Ky., a 2009 Corvette provided by the GM plant in Bowling Green, Ky., and a motorcycle display provided by Abernathy’s Motorcycles of Union City. Seminars will be presented on various automotive topics and over $1,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to car show entrants. In addition, someone will have a chance to win a $40,000 vehicle of their choice sponsored by Terry Petty Chevrolet, Herman Jenkins Motors, Union City Ford, Abernathy’s, Union City Insurance, Weakley County Nissan and Mike’s Auto Detailing. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and end at noon. The car show entry fee is $25 per competition car or truck and $10 per motorcycle. Pre-registration is $20 per competition car or truck, while swap meet is $20 per entry. Awards will include Top 40 and 15 specialty awards for exhibitors. In addition, an eight- by 10-inch photo will be taken of vehicles. The price is included with car or truck registration, but an additional $5 will be charged for bike photos. The family event will include door prizes, music, food and fun activities for children. Concessions will be provided by the Booster Clubs from Obion County Central, Martin Westview and Fulton County (Ky.) high schools. Admission price for the general public is $3 per vehicle, with part of the proceeds to be shared with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee. A Super Cruise sponsored by the Obion County United Way and the Hampton Inn is scheduled for 3 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Hampton Centré in Union City. Car and bike show sponsors include Union City Coca-Cola™, WENK/WTPR/KF-99/KQ-105, Reynolds Brothers Tire Co., VF Outlet, Hampton Inn, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Wood Communications, Advanced Auto, Auto Zone and the Goodyear Service Store. Published in The Messenger 8.19.08

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