Piggott's SuperCruise: a return to the past

Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Classic cars create a striking scene at Heritage Park. (Times photo/Dan Hewitt)

For the third year in row, Heritage Park and the Piggott courtsquare reverted back to the times of drive-in movies, roller skates, music of doo-wop bands on the AM radio, bobby socks and the popular pastime of hot rods and cruising.

This past weekend marked the third annual Rod Run and SuperCruise sponsored by Piggott's P.R.O.G.R.E.S. Council.

As in the past, close to 200 hot rod and automobile enthusiasts from several surrounding states congregated in Piggott for the weekend-long celebration of chrome, horsepower and flaming paint jobs.

This year, the event had a special guest for the weekend. Southern Rodder magazine from Anniston, Ala., was in town to help participate in the festivities and meet with many of the car owners.

Southern Rodder editor, Chuck Belew, said it was his first time to visit Piggott's annual hot rod event and was very quick in applauding the event organizers and the citizens of the area.

"I've been all around the country going to events like this," Belew said, "including the largest one in the nation, but as far as the people and hospitality go, Piggott ranks right at the top."

Belew said his weekend in Piggott was very enjoyable and filled with hospitality by everyone involved.

"I take my hat off to everyone involved in putting this show together," Belew said. "Especially Jeff Peace. This is an ideal setting for an event like this and everything was run very professionally and with the utmost in friendliness. This has really been a class act. I go to the largest rod run in the nation, the street run nationals in Louisville that attracts over 12,000 cars, and this one in Piggott beats the hospitality by far."

Belew noted that during the weekend he did profiles of over 25 event-entered cars and their owners, many of which will be featured in upcoming editions of his magazine.

"We'll begin publishing some of the featured vehicles in our August and September editions," Belew said.

He also pointed out that in one of the upcoming editions he would feature a three or four page article on Piggott's SuperCruise and Rod Run in general.

"We're already putting the July publication together, so it'll come out after that."

Southern Rodder magazine is one of the few full color rodding magazines on the market and features close to 20 different cars in each edition in addition to covering other events similar to Piggott's SuperCruise.

The weekend event began Friday night with a concert at the football field. Saturday morning registered entries played games for prizes at Heritage Park while others mingled and perused the park's hillside surveying the colorful collection of four-wheeled horsepower.

Saturday evening, the courtsquare was lined with spectators as the customized and original vehicles rumbled through town. Later that evening a 50's dance was held on the square. Sunday morning back at Heritage Park, many awards, trophies and plaques were given out by members of the P.R.O.G.R.E.S. Council to entrants in the event.

Peace said the event was another big success and thanked the hard work put in by all involved.

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