Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
January 20, 2017

As car shows go, most revolve around sitting in a parking lot all day and baking in the sun waiting for a trophy. These days, however, Mustang event organizers are beginning to see the benefit of having driving-oriented events designed to get enthusiasts out on the road, away from the typical car show scene. After all, would you rather sit in a parking lot, or drive your Mustang? We prefer driving, but the first annual Ponies in the Smokies event combines both driving and sitting around in a parking lot for the best of both worlds.

Ponies in the Smokies (PITS) takes place March 29 – April 1, 2017 and it’s no April fools joke that this is going to be a fun event. Day 1 of the event starts at the Sevierville Convention Center in Sevierville, Tennessee where either pre-registered, or day-of-show attendees pick up their show packet, and head out on Shine/Poker Run prior to the Kickoff Party at the Hard Rock Café in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. 54 years of Mustangs and 34 years of Saleens will be in the convention center Friday and Saturday.

The Southeastern Foxbodies crew came up with the idea for the Ponies in the Smokies event, and one of the founders, Travis Smith recently did a dry run over Christmas to finalize a few last details, like the host hotel the Wilderness in the Smokies and Quaker Steak & Lube After Party on Day 2 (Thursday). Travis says there are plenty of other accommodations available in the area, but the Wilderness in the Smokies is attached to the Sevierville Convention Center, which makes it really convenient for PITS attendees.

Day 2 greets attendees with another chance at racking up bonus points for the event’s car show days with another Shine/Poker Run and After Party at Quaker Steak & Lube in Sevierville. If sitting in a parking lot with your shiny Mustang is your thing, Day 3 is the Ponies in the Smokies Car Show at the Sevierville Convention Center with a car show, vendor midway, and swap meet.

Whereas Day 3 is strictly Mustangs, Day 4 wraps up the Ponies in the Smokies with an All-Ford Cruise-In and awards back at the Sevierville Convention Center. Any Ford vehicle is allowed to participate in the All-Ford Cruise-In, and remember you get bonus points for participating in the Shine/Poker Run, and there are opportunities to pick up extra cards on Day 1 and Day 2.

The host hotel is the Wilderness in the Smokies in Sevierville, attached to the convention center. However, on the Ponies in the Smokies website (www.poniesinthesmokies.com), there are other accommodations listed, as well.

Yes, we will be there; we just need to figure out which Mustang to take.