Important PITS 2018 Info

Important 2018 Ponies In The Smokies Info

Hey guys and gals! Hard to believe PITS is upon us once again! Below we have listed what we feel is all the crucial info for you to enjoy and maximize your experience!

Contact Info

While we try and keep an eye on all forms of contact, sometimes the week of the show it can become a bit overwhelming. The best way to ask a question is simply to shoot us an email at

Car Show & Shine Run Participants

You registration packets will be available in front hallway at the convention center Wednesday and Thursday 9-3. They will also be available for pick up at both Hard Rock & Quaker Steak & Lube during the night time events. You can also register during this time if you have not.

If you are not arriving until Friday morning, you must come to the front to register or pick up your packet before entering the show field.

55,Saleen, & SVT Display Cars

Please enter via the back loading dock on Thursday. We will have your registration packets there. If your participating in the Shine Run, those packets will be available in the front of the convention center.

Trailer Parking

We will have trailer parking available off site for free. It’s about ¼ mile from the convention center at the Sevierville Fair Grounds. Please come to registration for your parking ticket. YOU MUST have this ticket to park or access the trailer lot.

Wrist Bands & Credentials

It is imperative that you have either your wrist band or your credentials on at all times Friday and Saturday. Anyone without their arm bands or credentials will be asked to leave or pay for a new arm band. We had trouble last year with people sneaking in forcing us to get a little stricter on things this year. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Shine Run: Registration @ The Sevirville Convention Center

The easiest stop on the Shine Run is the first one! Simply come to registration, located in the front hallway of the Sevierville Convention Center and pick up your Shine Run Packet! Here we will get you on your way with your first card stamp! You can also pick up your car show registration packet and get your first crack at #PITS Merchandise! This stop will be open Wendesday & Thursday, 9-3 pm!


For the complete Shine Run Schedule, CLICK HERE!

Haven’t registered yet?? What are you waiting for!! CLICK HERE!

Introducing The 2018 Shine Run

Ponies In The Smokies presented by National Parts Depot was founded on the idea of getting these Ponies out and driving them! While there will be some of the nicest show cars in the country on display on Friday and Saturday, we love and always will that guy that takes his Mustang out and enjoys the heck out of it! The Shine Run allows you to do just that! A modified poker run of sorts, the Shine Run takes you all over the area why collecting your poker hand in hopes at winning one of the top prizes which include all kinds of cool stuff from all our vendors as well as the top prize, a set of wheels donated by Modify My Stang.

Below are the 2018 Ponies In The Smokies Shine Run Stops


  • Registration @ The Sevierville Convention Center- 1 card
  • Bush’s Baked Beans Visitor Center- 1 card
  • Thunder Road Distillery- 1 card
  • Sevierville Distilling Company-1 card
  • Man Cave-1 card
  • Ponies In The Smokies Kick Off Party Presented by Croftgate @ Hard Rock Cafe- 1 card
  • Tail Of The Dragon Store- 2 cards

Your final hand will consist of your five best cards.

Over the next few days we will feature more on each stop, but the quick and simple is this years Shine Run stops should be even more exciting that last year! Two returning favorites include Thunder Road Distillery and The Tail Of The Dragon Store. Thunder road features a cool Ford themed display straight out of the movie as well as some of the best Shine the area has to offer! We’ve even saw our very own Moonshine Marvin sipping some of their brew from time to time! The Tail Of The Dragon needs no intro! The folks at the TOD store will have the shelves stocked with all your must have Dragon merchandise! Also don’t forget to smile for the camera when you pass Killboy’s photo stand! New for 2018 are a few very exciting stops! Bush’s Baked Beans visitor center provides a cool chance to learn about the history of the company and is nestled around several great back mountain roads we hope you will take time to explore! Sevierville Distilling Company offers distillery tours and is also just a stones throw away from Douglas Dam, a great side trip! Bring your wallet to the Man Cave, its stocked full of ultra cool items that will be perfect in your garage! Excited? We are too! its not too late to register! Also don’t forget, completing the Shine Run and displaying the decal on your car Friday gives you ten extra points in the car show to make up for any road grime or bugs you might endure! Register NOW!!



Our Thursday Night Shine Run Party Picks Up Sponsor!

We are excited to announce that the guys from Clearshine have teamed up with us to sponsor our Thursday night party at Quaker Steak and Lube! The event, now officially known a the ClearShine Run Party will start at 5pm on Thursday of Ponies In The Smokies and run until 9pm. Hot Rods & Happy Hour will be on site providing the tunes and Quaker Steak & Lube will be providing food and drinks all night. The event features a unique “under the bridge” atmosphere that makes it perfect for a car meet! You can even check out our very own unique #PITS graffiti!

The guys from Clearshine also be on hand with door prizes and games for the participants to partake in. They will also be giving out special goodie bags for Shine Run participants on Wednesday and Thursday during registration! Be sure and make plans to attend now! You don’t want to miss it! Check out the official facebook event page below!

Volunteers For 2018

We are now accepting volunteers for the 2018 edition of Ponies In The Smokies. We need volunteers for both parking and judging.
All volunteers will recieve a one of a kind Ponies In The Smokies presented by National Parts Depot volunteer shirt as well as a free event shirt of their choosing. You will also recieve a free lunch on the day(s) you volunteer catered in a private break room by the event center! We appreciate all our volunteers and could not pull the show off without you!

Please email ONLY requests to be a volunteer, others amy be missed!

Send all entries to

Please send the following info:

Shirt size:
Event shirt color: Black-Charcaol-Neon Green or Stone Blue
Parking or Judging
If parking, Friday – Saturday or both

Parking volunteers will need to be at the events center for a parking meeting early each morning, time to be announced but probably 7 am or so. They will oark cars from 7-11. We will also need a few of you to ah g around in shifts in the front lot especially in Saturday directing cars to the cruise in.

1-Bill Flucker F&S
2-Bobbie Flucker F&S
3-Chelsea Flucker F&S
4-Shelbie Flucker F&S
5-Ashley Flucker F&S
6-Angela Stallings F
7-Leon Stallings F
8-Johnny Detamore F&S
9- Stephen Young F&S
10- Jason Rutledge F&S
11- Miranda Rutledge S
12- Mike Stallings F
13- Stephen Young F&S

Judges- Judges will be needed Friday only. Judging will start at roughly 9 am. Please have some jusging experience or automotive knowledge. Please explain your back ground and any experience in the email to be selected.

1-Kristen Koepke
2-Carolyn Mashburn
3-Richie Mashburn
4-Peter Koepke
5-Alex Hicks
6-Jim Castillo
7-Amanda Deason
8-Jacob Deason
9-John Garner
10-Dave Williams
11-James Dockery
13-Micheal Loggins

Introducing “Project Baby II”

Meet “baby II” the 1977 Mustang that belongs to Chris McCarragher. Chris bought this car over 30 years ago when he was 15 years old. He has moved all over the country as his career in the Navy unfolded, and the little red mustang followed him every step of the way. Several years ago Chris started taking the car apart for some maintenance items and upgrades, and like most of us can understand, it snowballed into a complete tear down. Well life, kids, and work got in the way and before he could get the car back together, Chris was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He still has the burn and desire to finish the Mustang but simply doesn’t have the ability to finish it. We heard about Chris’s story and immediately knew that we wanted to help make his dream of driving his car again come true. “Baby II” will represent 1977 in the 55 years of mustang at Ponies in the Smokies and after the show we will help Chris get his car back on the road with the help of our sponsors and your donations and ultimately make his dreams come true!

To donate to our go fund me account for the build, follow the link below!

We first heard of the project when Chris and his wife submitted the car to Garage Squad for help. Once we saw the video, we knew we had to get involved, check it out, we are sure you will feel the same way after watching it!

Lastly, here is Chris in his own words talking about the car.

I have always loved Mustangs even including the rare 2nd generation that has been overlooked by so many.

So way back when I was 15 and started looking for my first car I was lucky enough to come across an all original 1977 Mustang II with all the extras. I fell in love with it and became the 2nd owner of my baby and my one and only project car. I have been enjoying and working on this car for the past 30 years.

Major items I need help with are getting it put back together and running!

Rear end

I have all original parts along with extras I have purchased along the way or pulled from a donor parts car.

Motor is original 302 V8 that has been bored over and rebuilt with Edelbrock intake manifold and Holley 4 barrel carburetor and it ran great before it was removed from the car over 10 years ago. Since it has not run in so long I expect it will probably need to be gone through and checked before starting it up, even though it has always been kept in garage, lubricated, and rotated.

Clutch, Borg Warner Manual 4 speed Transmission, and 8″ Rear End with 3.00:1 gear ratio all did work when they were removed but they may need some help or to be rebuilt. 2nd gear is questionable.

I have new Headman headers for the motor but do need all the rest of the exhaust and also need a new radiator.

Suspension is all original and installed but may also need some help.

I have restored the original fuel tank with all new components, currently no fuel in tank, but may need new fuel line and fuel pump.

She was originally Bright Red exterior paint with Red Corinthian Vinyl interior but I repainted her Candy Apple Red with the White racing strips way back in College days. The rear bumper is still original Bright Red color.

I have all of the interior parts except she needs new carpet and heater core. Everything inside needs to be cleaned up and seats may need to be reupholstered. T-tops are in great shape but leak and need new weatherstripping but not critical since now always garage kept.

I have put on all new brakes (disc front and drum rear) including the master cylinder and brake lines and they are working but have not been tested when running.

Thank you so much for reading!- Chris McCarragher

So join us on this incredible journey as we get this Mustang II back on the road. The plan is simple, the car will be on display at Ponies In The Smokies March 23 and 24th in the convention center. Once PITS is over, we will jump on the car and get it running and back on the road so Chris can enjoy his “Baby II” again!