We had 29 members and two visitors present at the May meeting. The visitors were Rickie Fields and Eddie Penland. Welcome!
The group was reminded of the historical drive planned for May 20. The drive will take us over part of the route of "Island Road" that was built in 1671 and stretched from Fort Chiswell, VA to The Long Island of the Holston River in Kingsport, and on to Fort Loudon, near Knoxville.
On June 16, we will tour to Greeneville, TN and have another chance to see the Dixon-Williams house. Those who missed the last trip to the house should make a special effort to attend this trip.
Al Bradley still has club hats and sweatshirts for sale.
We understand that Chris Bordwine is moving to Winchester, VA. We'll miss him. Good luck in your new job, Chris.
The program was a very interesting discussion on International Radio listening, presented by Sam Chandler. For years Sam has made a hobby of listening to BBC, Radio Nederland, Radio Free Europe and other international radio stations with his short wave radios.
Thanks, Sam, for a very interesting program.
May 20 ABCS Historical Drive Allen Calcote
The club drive on May 20 took the club members on a tour which followed part of the route of Island Road, the oldest road in Tennessee. Island Road was built in 1761 by the Army to allow supplies to pass through the winderness from Fort Chiswell, VA through Abingdon and Kingsport to the Long Island of the Holston River in Kingsport and then on to Fort Loudon, near Knoxville.
Fort Loudon was under siege by the Cherokee Indians and the folks at Fort Loudon had begged for help. The Army commander at Fort Chiswell decided that Fort Loudon needed a cannon but there was no wagon road to follow, only a foot trail. He decided to build a road through the winderness. The road was built but by the time the soldiers and cannon made it to Fort Loudon, everyone there had been slaughtered by the Indians.
The club drive followed the route of the Island Road from Bristol to Kingsport and terminated at Exchange Place in Kingsport. Exchange Place was built in late 1700 near Island Road and served as a rest stop for the Stage Coach that traveled Island Road At Exchange Place the horses pulling the Stage were replaced with fresh horses. The Stage Coach made regular trips through Eden's Ridge (Kingsport), TN until about 1865 when the railroads put the Stage Companies out of business. Exchange Place is being maintained as a restored farm of the 1850 era.
The club members led by Margaret and Allen Calcote were treated to a special guided tour of Exchange Place by Mrs. Eleanor DeNobriga and Mrs. Suzanne Burrow. Many thanks to them for donating their time to the ABCS.
There were eight club cars and twelve members on the tour.
Another Blast from the Past Al Bradley (circa March 1996)
This remarkable winter, gentle reader, has reminded me of one that I spent long ago and far away "at the North" as your Civil War era ancestors used to say.
This all began when I was standing in mud up to my knees in Biloxi, Mississippi on the day I received notice from the USAF of being posted to Kincheloe Air Force Base. That was all the description that I got from Uncle Sam.
Somebody said that Kincheloe was in Michigan, so I knew that it was so. Summonsing an Atlas, I discovered that in the very upper part of Michigan, the map showed a little airplane there, near a place called Saulte Ste. Marie.
So, that was where I went. Arriving in May, there was still snow under the trees! I just wasn't sure that this was the place for me and my (t)rusty TR-4. It wasn't.
The Upper Peninsula (or UP, as it is called) had 120" of snow that winter, and that was a record low. Temperatures dropped to -40°. If you were stupid enough to place your bare hand on your car or an airplane, it stuck as though to an ice cube. And IT HURT to peel your hand away afterwards. Simply starting any car other than a Volkswagen was a real ritual. A 100 watt light bulb in the engine compartment helped.
I went out one morning to discover that the TR would start but wouldn't go anywhere because it was literally frozen to the parking lot! I didn't know this right away until I stripped out a spline from one of my wire wheels by simply trying to get the car to move.
The snow blew in between the window and the convertible top and I didn't care that much. I worried more about the piles of snow on the sides of the roads everywhere that could fall in on top of my WHITE car and my chances of survival in that event. But I managed that also. From there, I went on to more fun and games in Southeast Asia.
How to Keep a Healthy Level of Insanity (Ben Bailey via Internet)
* At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hairdryer at passing cars. See if they slow down
* Page yourself over the intercom. Don't disguise your voice
* Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that
* Put your garbage can on your desk and label it "IN"
* Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso
* In the memo field of all your checks, write "FOR SEXUAL FAVORS"
* Finish all your sentences with "In accordance with the prophecy"
* Don't use punctuation
* As often as possible, skip rather than walk
* Ask people what sex they are. Laugh hysterically after they answer
* Specify that your drive-through order is "to go"
* Sing along at the opera
* Go to a poetry recital and ask whey the poems don't rhyme
* Put mosquito netting around your work area. Play a tape of jungle sounds all day
* Five days in advance, tell your friends you can't attend their party because you're not in the mood
* Have your coworkers address you by your wrestling name, Rock Hard
* When the money comes out of the ATM, scream "I Won!", "I Won!", "I Won!" "3rd time this week!!!"
* When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling, "Run for your lives, they're loose!"
* Tell your children over dinner. "Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go"
Good Buys (Mark Whitt via Internet)
Big Lots has 1/18 scale die cast British sports cars in 3 different styles. A BRG 1970 Triumph Spitfire, an Aston Martin DB6 in silver and BRG, and a Lotus Elise in yellow. Made by Chronos and selling for $9.99 each. Note: this was dated 5/18/01. Check your local store for availability.
FOR SALE: 1963 Austin-Healey Sprite with 40,000 miles. One owner. Rebuilt transmission. Fresh tires and top. Complete and straight. Some rust in driver's floor and left front rocker. Side curtains in good shape as is glass and chrome. Strong oil pressure on the 1100cc motor. Also has fresh master cylinder and brake shoes. Asking $3,200 OBO.
May 23 Celebration
A big thanks to the great crowd that turned out on Wednesday, May 23 to celebrate Drive Your Brirish Car Week. There was a 60% chance of rain, but the sun continued to shine until time to put the tops up, crank up the windows, and head for the house.
The cars gathered in the Mountcastle Shopping Center in Johnson Center. There were 4 Jaguars, 7 MGBs, 1 Austin-Healey Sprite, 1 Austin-Healey, 4 Land rovers, 1 Rolls Royce, and 1 Triumph Spitfire. A guest, Tom McCartney, brought his XJSC Jaguar, a rare car thet runs on propane. This car is being restored and will be a beauty when completed. C.C. Goodson managed to drive 3 cars to the show - now just how did he do that???
Ben Bailey and C.C. treated everyone to delicious cookies and coffee during the show. Gourmet & Company, a wonderful restaurant owned by Ben and Natalie's daughter, Von Walker, prepared the treats. The first 10 cars to register, received collectible bronze dash plaques - soon to become a much-sought-after souvenir among the British car enthusiasts.
Following the show, 11 hungry die-hards dined in style at Gourmet & Company. The food was outstanding, and the fellowship even better. Make plans to attend next year. We hope to fill the parking lot by getting some advance publicity in the newspaper and maybe on TV.
ABCS Officers & Committee Chairs
President: Carl Floyd, 423-477-7757, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-President: Mitchell Byerley, 423-247-4730, email@example.com
Secretary: Margaret Calcote, 423-288-2297, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Al Bradley, 540-628-4763, email@example.com
Newsletter: Jane Ogle, 423-282-5687, firstname.lastname@example.org
Driving Events: Dick Williams, 865-993-2710
Programs: Richard Williams, 423-990-6994, email@example.com
Webpage: Herren Floyd, 423-239-5455, firstname.lastname@example.org