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Katrina and I both have very similar interests and share a love of not only our miniature donkeys but also our muscle cars.  Although we do like to show the donkeys and the cars we have our most fun we are just playing with them. With the cars, nothing beats Hitting the Road. Katrina and I belong to a local AACA club that has no meetings and no dues and no officers. It is made up of members of other, more formal AACA clubs for the purpose of driving our cars.

Precious and her baby, Smoke were a favorite.

Precious and her baby, Smoke were a favorite.

Tour starts outside our garage.

Tour started outside our garage.

On a recent weekend we played host to approximately 40 individuals driving 32 cars most of which would be considered collector cars. The weather was a little humid but the temperature was terrific and the sun was out. We began with a tour of our small car collection while attempting to explain why a guy who drove Corvettes all his life has so many Ford products. It was also interesting to see the surprise and shock on peoples faces when they learned about the Ford Aero Cars (Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II) for the first time. They had some interesting questions. After my tour of our garage Katrina took them to the barn and pasture to learn about miniature donkeys.

Interest was high on the story behind the Talladega and Spoiler II.

Interest was high on the story behind the Talladega and Spoiler II but everyone loved the Shania Twain/Taylor Swift T-Bird.

Our miniature donkeys were also a big hit with everyone.

Our miniature donkeys were  a BIG hit with everyone.

 

We had time to enjoy some snacks in our backyard prior to hitting the road.

We had time to enjoy some snacks in our backyard prior to hitting the road.

A few of the men stayed in the garage to talk cars a little longer but all the women and the rest of the men headed out to the animals. I hate to say it but I think almost of these car folks were more excited and interested in the miniature donkeys than the cars. One couple driving a fully restored Nash Metropolitan said they would have liked to take one home but didn’t think it would fit in their little car which is much smaller than a VW Bug!

Nash Metropolitan, early "smart car".

Nash Metropolitan, early “smart car”.

After a couple of hours at our farm the we all caravaned on a 75 mile excursion to the small historical town of Granville in the hills along a river in northern TN. It was a very picturesque drive. Our Cale Yarborough Spoiler with its 428 CJ Ram Air engine cruised up and down the hills and around the corners like it was happy to be released from the garage. It was the car’s first time on the road in over 18 months. We recently liberated it from its position in the Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum in Pigeon Forge TN. We were a little worried that having sat for that long it might develop some issues but all went well and we enjoyed the slow caravan up to Granville and the more speedy return trip immensely.

The General Store was a great gift shop and a wonderful restaurant.

The General Store was a great gift shop and a wonderful restaurant.

While in the town we all gathered for a family style home cooked lunch at a local old time General Store and Restaurant. The food was out of this world and had us all asking for the recipe for the creamed corn. After eating we all waddled out of the General Store and individually made our way around town to visit the museum, pioneer village and car museum as well as some gift shops.

Visitors enjoyed some of our memorabilia.

Visitors enjoyed some of our memorabilia.

Our Club does this every other month year round and I can hardly wait for the August trip. We stayed to back roads and low speeds. The number of thumbs up and friendly waves we got along the way was spirit lifting. Now if we can just figure out how to put a couple of miniature donkeys in the back seat we will have it made.

Cruise On!

Katrina and I enjoyed the great conversations over a terrific lunch.

Katrina and I enjoyed the great conversations over a terrific lunch.

 

The small town provided a great relaxing day.

The small town of Granville provided a great relaxing day.

 

 

 

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