HRR August Driving Tour

August 12, 2017 all-day
Rick Jones

Coffee and Donuts will be served from 7:45 AM till start of tour.  We’ll be leaving the Collins’s Loafer’s Cabin (3511 Memorial, Murfreesboro, TN) at 9:00 AM and taking another awesome route planned by our own Russ Barnes, and his co-pilot Pat!

Our first stop will be to visit the private collection of Mr. David Pennington in Tullahoma TN.   Mr. Pennington is a past two term Coffee County Mayor and also the owner of the Jiffy Burger restaurant in Manchester for the past fifty years.  If you’ve had the pleasure of ever eating at the Jiffy Burger and remember all the collectibles in the place, then you’ll have an idea of what he has at home.  He says he “has 20,000 square foot of stuff crammed into a 5,000 square Foot building”.  Among the collection are cars, pedal cars, gas pumps, oil cans, signs, marble balls, clocks, stereoscopes, photographs, paintings, Civil War items, masks, a phone booth and even an entire wall from a building which used to be located in Manchester. I can also tell you that it was enough for the Pickers from Antique Archaeology on the History Channel to come see him!

Then we will be having lunch at Damron’s Restaurant in Tullahoma.  I’ve talked to the owner Gloria Damron, and she is excited to have us come and eat at their place!   They normally close on Saturdays at 1:00, but will stay open for as long as we need.  Meat, Two Vegetables, Drink, Desert, Tip and Tax included $11.00, WOW GREAT.
After lunch we will be visiting the Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullahoma.   They will be providing tour guides for us and they are going to give our group a discount. The entry fee will be $6.00 CASH for under 65, and $5.00 CASH for over 65.  It is a world class and distinctly original aviation museum, and is committed to promoting aviation education and preserving the heritage nurtured by generations of enthusiasts of all Beechcraft models from 1932 through the present. The Museum has a picturesque campus style setting adjacent to the Tullahoma Municipal Airport.  It is a blend of authentically restored early American log structures and modern museum quality construction.  Normally it is a 60,000 square foot facility housing more than 35 aircraft in addition to, many original historical artifacts and treasures.  At present, one building is under renovation, so the collection is down to about twenty airplanes, including Travel Airs, Staggerwings, Beech 18’s, Bonanzas, Barons, Starship, Duke and many other aircraft ranging from 1924 to 1994.

This tour would not have been so fun without the help of our local Tullahoma HR&R member Vicki Qualls!  Thank You Vicki!

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