HRR’s wrap up tour for the 2022 season, America’s Senior Hero’s ’22 Appreciation Tour, was a triple treat. It began with a visit to Charlie’s Custom Creations and Machines in Murfreesboro, where the group was given an insider’s view of the in’s and out’s of the custom fabrication process used to create show stopping rods capable of supercar speeds. Especially impressive was their use of 3-D printing to fabricate grills and other car parts.
Next, the tour followed scenic backroads for lunch at the Barrell House II BBQ restaurant located on the premises of the Nearest Green Distillery just on the outskirts of Shelbyville. This tour member gives it a four Michelin star rating in the BBQ category. It would have received five stars if they had toothpicks at the register. The highlight of the lunch was Cindy Jones conducting the 50/50 raffle just as she and Rick had done for so many years.
Finally, the tour swung by assisted living facilities in the Shelbyville area. As has been the case in years past, the residents were enthusiastic and extremely grateful for the classic car parade in their honor. The tour was held up for about 10 minutes at the last stop to allow the residents to finish their bingo game. This leg of the tour was especially meaningful since it was scheduled as our May event but had to be cancelled due to the weather forecast. Thanks to Greg Faulk and Sally McKay for organizing the tour. An extra loud shout out goes to Russ and Pat Barnes for mapping out a pastoral tour route and dealing with the logistics of creating a time table involving a rod shop, a restaurant and three assisted living facilities. The club should consider giving them a bottle of Nearest Green’s finest.