Hot Rods of the Moonshine era

Attending the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, Georgia is always an agreeable occasion, not least because the town is closed to regular traffic and the Hot Rod prevails.

On the Friday afternoon, October 25, 2013, ancient automobiles from a century past, some beautifully restored others not, began rolling into town in substantial numbers. Evoking five decades, from the nineteen-twenties to the nineteen-sixties, they had arrived to celebrate the 46th Mountain Moonshine Festival. Inevitably, it was the allure of the glorious Ford V8s of the 1930s that carried the real nostalgia, for it was in those machines the risk-taking old timers ran moonshine through the foothills of the Northeast Georgia Mountains. For most of them, hauling their illicit corn liquor from Dawsonville to Atlanta during prohibition times of the Great Depression was their only sustenance.

In celebration of the moonshiner, here are some examples of their most prized possessions.

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