February Tour to Woodbury

The first Honk Rattle & Roll Tour of 2021 is in the books!   We had 29 folks on the tour and what an age range in attendance;  from the youngest at (nearly) 15 months to Tom’s mom who is (older than Tom)! 

It was a beautiful drive to Woodbury under a clear sky with the snow-covered hills glistening in the bright sunshine.  The roads were clear with no troubles from earlier in the week’s snow and ice.  Tour guru Russ made a ‘Plan B’ to avoid some of the less-traveled back roads and had already road-tested this new route to be sure all would be in the clear!

After a quick rest stop in Woodbury, we arrived at ‘The Wooden Boatman’s’ place.  He designs, builds, and restores fine wooden boats and counts singer Alan Jackson as one of his customers. Refurbishing one of these classics includes rebuilding the hull, making any needed structural repairs, engine rebuilding or replacements, upholstery repair/replacement plus any other needed work.  It’s all done right there by one man in his shop.

We viewed boats that were in process of restoration and an as yet untouched boat ready to be started on.  Travis had pictures of boats he has designed and built and explained the processes he uses to bring these boats back into prime condition.

Leaving his shop we headed to lunch at DJ’s Pizza and Steakhouse in Woodbury.  They were very accommodating in keeping us ‘together, but separate’ in their outside enclosed and heated patio space.  Although they specialize in pizza and Italian meals, they have a varied menu, including excellent burgers and sandwiches, and great service.

Once all were finished with lunch, we hit the trail again heading toward McMinnville and ‘Third Gen Automotive’.  This family-owned and operated shop stocks, sells, refurbishes, rebuilds, and repairs all manner of ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s Ford autos and parts.  They have quite a collection of spare parts of all kinds, from fenders, wheels, engine parts, etc.: bumper to bumper (including the bumpers)!  Many parts are refurbished originals but he also has NOS and new parts.  Anything you need down to the correct nuts and bolts that hold things together!

They also had several cars in the shop that he was in the process of working on.  One of his next jobs involves going to Michigan to pick up a few cars from a collection that need to be refurbished for sale.

Selling parts mostly by the website they are kept busy packaging and shipping parts all across the US and the globe and doing restoration work on customer (and his own) antique Fords.  In his “spare time”,  Michael is searching out old cars, parts, collections, and anything else he can find and procure for the old cars.

They hope to be holding an “open house” and antique car meet later this year and he has promised to invite us back for that.  This would be a great opportunity for one of our “off-schedule” extra added attraction tours!  

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Tour at Edgar Evins State Park

WOW our first off schedule Driving Tour of 2020 was well attended we had 27 members & friends attending. Thanks to William & Kathy planning skills we all had a great time on selected roads and we picnic together. We hit a few short rain falls but when arriving at Silver Point in Edgar Evins State park the rain stopped , sun came out making the view and picnic great !!!! When viewing tour pictures taken by Arleen Timbs you will see we had 27 in attendance with 14 vehicles on tour which included 10 Old Iron & Classics and 1 Motor Cycle. Please take the time to thank William Warlick, Kathy Warlick and Arleen Timbs for trip well planned.

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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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HRR Members Attend Barrett Jackson Auction

Club members Tom & Barbara Collins along with Guy & Cindy Wilson traveled to Arizona to meet members Stan & Mary Zdeb for the Barrett Jackson auction.  Aside from the auction the group also took a tour of a local Amazon distribution center.  While no one brought home a new prized possession from the auction, a good time was had by all.

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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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