As much as we enjoy going to races and car shows all summer long, the grueling schedule does take its toll. By the time October rolls around, we've worn out at least two pairs of shoes and all but exhausted our supply of sunblock as we crisscross the country, attending events from Anaheim to Orlando. Right about that time, we get a call from Year One, inviting us down to Bristol, Tennessee for their annual Fall Automotive Nationals, which typically falls on the third weekend in October. For any other event, we might politely pass on the offer and stick our feet back in a tub of water, but our past experiences at Bristol have given us good incentive to return.

When we go to Bristol for Year One's Bash, we know the event will be run in a first-class manner and the variety of cars and activities will be second to none. We're not the only ones who feel this way, as attendance has increased sharply for the third straight year. The little things can make a big difference in drawing participants with top-flight cars and Year One knows how to bring them in. One of the more popular amenities is the car wash area, which makes it easy to clean off the bugs and road grime accumulated on a trip into the heart of the Smokey Mountains. Drag racers make sure their annual budget includes a trip to Bristol in the fall, because they know the track will hook and the cool, comfortable air will make conditions nearly ideal for personal bests. The autocross draws more cars every year, but it still may be the best deal of the weekend, as many drivers will get more seat time in those three days than the rest of the year combined.

Spectators love the Bash, because they're always treated to highly competitive racing in several different classes, as well as incredible exhibition runs by wheel-standers, rocket cars and a variety of historic dragsters. Finding the best vantage point at the track allows spectators to take in all the action on the strip, while having a bird's eye view of the autocross course. Saturday's program was capped off by a fireworks display of such epic proportions, that it might have been visible from the moon.

Year One constantly strives to make their event stand out from the rest and this year they outdid themselves. For a mere $20, NASCAR fanatics and thrill-seekers alike could venture out onto Bristol's fabled half-mile oval in their street car for 10 hotlaps behind the BMS pace car. Year One's ability to improve their event every year is simply amazing and we can't wait to see what they have planned for next fall. Check out the action from this past year's event and make plans to be there in 2004.

Year One Cup
Winner Darrell Scott Teeters 1968 Camaro
Finalists Doug Young 1970 Plymouth Superbird
  James & Rhonda Brown 1969 Hurst Olds 455
1964-72 Chevelle/El Camino/Monte Carlo and derivatives
1st(tie) Van Hurst 1969 Chevrolet El Camino
Jim Wilcox 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
1964-72 Pontiac LeMans/GTO /Tempest and derivatives
1st Lee Barnes 1965 Pontiac GTO
2nd(tie) Roy Scuffham 1969 Pontiac GTO
  Chuck Miller 1965 Pontiac GTO
1964-72 Olds Cutlass/442/F-85 and derivatives
1st James Brown 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 455
2nd Tony Barkey 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442
1964-72 Buick Skylark/Special/GS and derivatives
1st Mark Macoubrie 1970 Buick GSX
2nd Mitchell Mathis 1970 Buick GS455
1966-74 Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth A- and C-bodies
1st Rodney Arndt 1969 Plymouth Barracuda
2nd(tie) Emilee Sturgill 1964 Plymouth Valiant
C.J. Davenport 1966 Plymouth Barracuda
1966-74 Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth B- and E-bodies
1st Ron Bradley 1970 Dodge Challenger
2nd Doug Young 1970 Plymouth Superbird
1962-72 Chevy II/Nova and derivatives
1st John Shrewsbury 1966 Chevrolet Nova
2nd Donald Padgett 1966 Chevrolet Nova
1958-72 Chevrolet Impala/Caprice and derivatives including 1959-60 El Camino
1st Daniel Rupp 1958 Chevrolet Impala
2nd Jim Wilcox 1962 Chevrolet Impala
1967-81 Camaro/Z28 and derivatives
1st Darrell Teeters 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
2nd Eddie Vannoy 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1967-81 Firebird/Formula/Trans Am and derivatives
1st Rod Koeiker 1979 Pontiac Trans Am
2nd Mike Garblick 1968 Pontiac Firebird
1982-2002 Camaro/Firebird
1st Brent Sloan 2002 Pontiac Blackbird
2nd Mike Hill 1998 Pontiac Firehawk
1964 1/2 - 1973 Mustang/Shelby and derivatives
1st Brandon Kraft 1965 Ford Mustang
2nd Mike Akers 1967 Ford Mustang
1979-present Ford Mustang/Cobra and derivatives
1st Paul Hall 2001 Ford Mustang
2nd Gary Williams 1995 Ford Mustang
1991-96 GM B-body (Chevy Impala SS/Caprice/Buick Roadmaster/Olds Custom Cruiser)
1st Don Dixson 1996 Chevrolet Impala
2nd Donald Warner 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
1978-88 GM A- and G-bodies (Monte Carlo/Malibu/El Camino/Sprint/ Regal/Cutlass/Grand Prix/GN/GNX)
1st Larry Cheffer 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2nd Sherley Carter 1987 Buick GNX Grand National
1967-87 Chevrolet/GMC Pickup and derivatives
1st Jerry Rogers 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super
2nd Joe Taylor 1971 Chevrolet Cheyenne
2001-Present PT Cruiser
1st Bob Anderson 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser
2nd Dennis Boucher 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Open Class for all other cars
1st(tie) Mark Call 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
Danny Ruep 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix
Open Class for all other trucks
1st Patricia Johnson 1950 Chevrolet Pickup
2nd Brian Shaw 1953 Ford F-150
1927-32 Street Rod
1st Ron Hassel 1932 Marcel Roadster
2nd Kenny Richardson 1930 Ford 5-Window Coupe