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What Is Corky Coker Doing These Days?

Heisenberg Published On Fri Apr 17 2020   Modified On Fri Apr 17 2020
What Is Corky Coker Doing These Days?

Find out what Corky Coker, the former owner of Coker Tire Company and Coker Group, is doing nowadays after he sold the company in 2018.

Corky Coker sold all of the Tyre-manufacturing business he inherited from his father to his management committee in November 2018. He handed the company to the team led by CEO Wade Kawasaki, which was backed by the private equity firm of Irving Place Capital.

Corky Coker had already retired from the company in 2014, appointing Wade Kawasaki as the president to look over all the affairs of the company and its subsidiaries. Currently, Corky does not run any business, at least by himself. He became free of any work/responsibility after he sold his company. So, what is he actually doing nowadays? Let's find out. 

Corky Coker Recently Participated in Chattanooga MotorCar Festival

Corky Coker recently participated in the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival held in October 2019. The two-day event invited people of all ages to observe some of the hundreds of classic cars and races. The event was sponsored by the Volkswagen Group of America.

Corky Coker attended Chattanooga MotorCar Festival in October 2019.

Corky Coker attended Chattanooga MotorCar Festival in October 2019.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Most eye-catching scene of the event was the race between Corky Coker and the star of the famous heavy metal band AC/DC, Brian Johnson. The two were racing vintage cars on the Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga, and everyone enjoyed it when Johnson sped past Coker's car at the turn in one of the featured runs of the time trial competition of the inaugural event. Brian Johnson was driving a 1928 Bentley Vanden Plas Le Mans Tourer, and Corky Coker was driving the 1910 Nyburg roadster.

Here is the video of a highlight of the event.

Chattanooga MotorCar Festival Time Trials event

Many people were watching the race from the Market Street and Walnut Street bridges.

The festival included the display of hundreds of vintage cars for people to observe. They also got the opportunity to meet celebrity guests at the event. The guests were NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, automotive historian, and former 'Jay Leno's Garage' host Donald Osbourn, professional race driver and television host Tanner Foust, British race legends Brian Redman and David Hobbs, and the award-winning motorsports journalist Burt Levy.

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David Osbourn was thrilled to attend the event and the city. "This is my first time in Chattanooga. It will not be my last," he expressed his excitement. "They are passionate about cars, they are passionate about this event. They're so happy that it's happening. I think community support is really the most important part of any event."

Corky Coker also Spends His Time in His Coker Museum

Corky Coker, when not attending any events, can be seen in his own museum: Coker Auto Museum. The museum houses Coker's own personal collection of automobiles that he collected over the course of his time as the former boss of Coker Group.

Corky Coker has his personal collection of automobiles in Coker Museum.

Corky Coker has his personal collection of automobiles in Coker Museum.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press 

The museum contains more than 100 vintage cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses, and even three airplanes hanging overhead. And the public can observe them either as museum items or in display events that Corky organizes from time to time.

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The museum also hosts wedding receptions, business events, and obviously, the general public can come to see the automobiles for some family time. In the museum, Corky also has two of the three (known) Nyberg cars in existence.

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