Holly Springs Hot Rods

It was officially called the Booker Hardware Open House & Case Knife Show... no real tie-in to the Memphis Rodders history or any such thing, but it was a pleasurable way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and I thought some of the sights would be of interest to the hot rod afficanados that frequest this site. So here you go...

The Memphis Street Rods got involved in this laid back deal and augmented the small town cultural expo by displaying some of their rides in the Holly Springs MS town square. They also invited other gearheads to hang with them, and it all made for a pretty diverse cruise-in scene this past Saturday. Local resident George Poteet arrived with some of the marquee cars from his extensive automotive stable, and provided complimentary homemade ice-cream, and an "on-the-house" diner lunch to all participants.

This wasn't the usual spit-polish, vie-for-a-tin-cup sort of car show. There were various craftsmen displaying handmade wares, a wood turning demo, the aforementioned Case knives were displayed to collectors, and a gospel vocal group serenaded the gathered crowd. Visitors could snoop around the square, wherein they would find the Booker Hardware and Cutlery Store with it's "nails-by-the-pound" business ethic. Most assuredly not the "big box" type of hardware outlet that we often see in today's larger communities. Exploring Holly Springs can reveal several notable glimpses into the past. The MSCI Railway station, Phillip's Grocery, Rust College (founded in 1866), and numerous restored antebellum homes to name a few.

Check out this gallery of photos to get a glimpse of southern style small town Americana with a dash of old fashioned hot rods tossed in the recipe for good measure.