Feburary Tour to Tommy Ring’s Rat Rods

If you weren’t some of the 44 members that showed up this past Saturday, then you missed another great day, road trip, lunch & tour !
Most of us met and left from Loafer’s Glory, after a little coffee & donuts, but some joined us along the way. The weather started off cool, but it got better, and overall it was great day for a ride.

Russ & Pat found a great route, that tuned out to be one of the most trouble-free, directionally un-challenged drives we’ve ever had. We managed to keep together and make the best speeds we’ve done before, on some great roads, and I hope all of you enjoyed it as much as Cindy & I did !

We arrived at Farmers Restaurant in Columbia with-in 15 minutes of our plans, and they were ready for us with plenty of help and so much food ! We proceeded to get our money’s worth of lunch and left there pretty much on time for our short drive to our destination.

Once again, we found that where we went, looked from the front, nothing like what we found in the rear. And in the rear was Ring’s Rat Rods, where “Rat Rods Are Born”. Tommy Ring & one young grandson were there waiting for us.

The shop isn’t very big, and all the rods in it, belong to Tommy and his family. He admits now days, he spends most of his time as a writer for a couple of Rat Rod Magazines and renting out his music recording studio in the basement of his home. After some time looking and talking, we learned more about his musical background and we were invited to see his studio space; so off we went.

Tommy was gracious enough to let all of us, traipse thru his home and down the stairs to the studio, where we were greeted by a beautiful black grand piano. Since Tommy sat down at the piano and started telling us about it, it didn’t take much to get him to play & sing. As I said at the time, our club just celebrated twenty-one years of age, (thanks founders!) and we had been a lot of places and seen a lot of things, but never had we been serenaded !

After that, we thanked our host and most people started leaving on their own. We made it home safe and hope everyone else did also.

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January 14 Dine Out

Our Honk, Rattle, Roll Car Club had its first dine out on January 14, 2020 at Cheddar’s Restaurant in Murfreesboro.  There were 44 in attendance.  We were able to be in a private area so our exuberance did not infringe upon the other customers.  It was so nice to see everyone after the holidays.  We have 4 new members, Smokey and Michele Boles who are friends of Don and Jeanita Strang and members of the Stones River Car Club and Alice and Bruce Gibson who are friends of Kathy and William Warlick. They were all impressed with the friendliness of our club.  Thanks to everyone who spoke to them and welcomed them. Arleen Timbs has provided the pictures below.

 

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2019 Annual Christmas Gathering

Dear All,  

Our annual HRR Christmas Gathering was great this year. There were 89 attendees, and the food was delicious and the fellowship was fun. We collected 273 can goods, and a $70 donation that will benefit the Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank for our community. We donated 12 lbs. ham to The Journey Home that will enable them to use for breakfast Dec. 10th and 11th.  

We would like to thank Donna and Ronnie Barrett for leading us in our special Christmas music, Carl and Carol Berning, along with Carol’s mother for sharing the HRR Christmas Song, Cindy and Rick Jones for 50/50. We also would like to thank William Warlick for his help in the delivery to the food bank.  

A huge thank you to ALL that showed up Friday for set-up, Saturday for set-up and clean-up. Many hands make lots of work light, and that is just what this group does, they coordinate, show up and get the job done. An event this large could not be done with out ALL of you.  

Let’s go ahead and mark our calendars for next year, December 5, 2020. Pearl and Tom Vassar will be our host for 2020, same place and same time.  

Our club is growing, because you attend and we all have fun. Keep attending, having fun and don’t forget your name tags! See you at the next event!  Pictures below.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to You and Yours,  
William and Kathy Warlick  
Tom and Barbara Collins

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November 2019 Dine Out

We would like to thank all the members and their guests for supporting Honk Rattle & Roll Car Clubs’ last Dine Out Night of 2019. It was a blow out and everyone enjoyed the great food and fellowship. There was a grand total of 51 members attending.  Several were moving from table to table visiting with others, catching up on their latest projects.

Looking forward to seeing more members attend our Dine Out Nights, A New Year is around the corner and new places to eat. If you have any suggestions for places to eat that can handle 50+ please forward.  Stay tuned for HRR Activity schedule for 2020 coming out soon.

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October Tour to Shelbyville

The Honk, Rattle, and Roll Saturday, October 19, 2019 is now in the books. The morning’s AACA tour started out at Loafer’s Glory with a warm fire and ample coffee and donuts for everyone. The weather and temperature was just perfect for an hour and half drive to Shelbyville via Russ Barnes’ ingenious directions – Russ can easily turn a 35 minute drive into 1 ½ hours and has a knack for selecting superb backroads with beautiful scenery, a talent I truly admire.
We had 49 members in attendance and 18 Antique, Hot Rods and Classic Cars, setting an attendance record for the number vehicles driven!!
Our first stop was at Street Rods by Michael in Shelbyville. Michael, Michael’s wife Rosemarie and his technicians showed us their many projects in various states of work from Street Rods to Corvettes, Model A’s, vintage trucks, and many classic cars and engines and parts!! Several HRR members bought T shirts and no doubt made appointments with Michael regarding the possibility of Michael doing some work on their car. Michael can perform most any task from building frames, building engines, designing and duplicating parts to superb paint work.
Next we had lunch at Legends Steakhouse and many of us chose to treat ourselves to their delicious hamburgers via their Saturday special of $3.99 each !! Although Legends was short staffed because several employees were out with illnesses, it actually gave us all more time to socialize and hear various tales that we had never heard before. Then the rain set in, yet it didn’t dampen our afternoon tour.
Our second stop was in the afternoon at Gary King’s Museum of Bedford County. This Museum was actually started by Gary’s father, Garland King, the Chief Fire Marshall in Shelbyville for many years. The Museum had a vast array of memorabilia from Bedford County including too many Fire Engines to count, antique, classic and historical cars both inside the building as well as outside the building. Displayed were letters, a video recording story that Channel 5 did many years ago highlighting the King’s vast display of Bedford County and Shelbyville History. Gary King and his son, Colin, answered any and all questions that our group asked. The Kings are in the process of renovating an abandoned school close by where they will move their historical collection to in the near future, where I’m sure that it will beacon another visit from the Honk, Rattle and Roll Club.
Again, thanks to all who attended and we hope to see you at the next HRR adventure!!

Robert & Janet Shadoin HRR Board Member & Host

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September Dine Out Recap

We want to thank everyone for attending the September 17th Dine Out Night this past Tuesday. There were 42 members attending , plus 2 new members joined with their paperwork. The weather was great to break out the classic cars and trucks to show them off at Sonic. Being able to sit and walk around outside and look at new – old classics was great. The Sonic management / owner was gracious and ready when we arrived, he came out to check on the members several times to see if anyone needed anything. Please support the establishments that give us good food and service. Thanks again for attending.

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August Tour Pictures

The HRR August tour was a well-attended event with 37 members/spouses/guests participating.  It was a “Two-Stage” tour with each stage being optional.  The first stage was the “Cars and Coffee” cruise-in at the AMC Dine-In Thoroughbred 20 (movie theater) in Franklin, TN which started at 8:00am and wrapped up at 10:00am.   This cruise-in has been going on for years and if you’ve never been you owe it to yourself to go, especially on the first Saturday of the month.  There are usually around 1,000 rides that show up and several of our club members are organizers and warmly invite other HR&R members to attend.  

The destination for the second stage was the Amish community in Ethridge, TN.  The group left at 10:30 am from the parking lot of the Kroger Grocery on Columbia Ave in Franklin, just a few miles from “Cars and Coffee”.   The 60 mile journey to Ethridge consisted mainly of back roads that wound through the beautiful country side of Tennessee.  The first stop was Bob’s Café where we dined on a traditional “meat and three” including dessert, drink and tip for $13!  Then the members were left to their own to meander among the Amish farms and peruse and purchase their wares using a handy map provided at the visitor’s center.   Among the myriad choices: fresh vegetables, peanut brittle, jellies, jams and sorghum molasses, baked goods, furniture, rugs, baskets, walking sticks, cutting boards, birdhouses and even caskets.  As with Cars and Coffee, if you’ve never been to the Amish community you owe it to yourself to go.

Greg Faulk & Sally McKay

 

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July Dine-Out

We had another wonderful turn out for Dine Out Night at Don Ramon’s, with a total of 46 members and guests. There was 
plenty of room for members to move about allowing them to catch up on the latest news. The food, service, and fellowship
was outstanding. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support. Without each and every one of your 
attendances and inviting new members to enjoy our Honk Rattle and Roll fellowship outings, we as a Car Club,
would not be able to continue to grow. Looking forward to more laughs, new friendships, and new dine out adventures in the future! Next Dine Out Night will be held September 17th more detail to follow.

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