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Georgia RG#24 Hosted it’s first Cruise-In in downtown Tucker, Georgia!
There was a great turn out for a first time event, with over 100 cars in attendance, and no telling how many spectators, and that was with a chance of rain...and rain it did.  Club Members Wayne Hicks, Dave Jumper, Doug Smith, Calvin Cannon and Rick Wilson, along with Chip Cofer and Tucker Main Street Alliance, did a wonderful job getting the news out there and getting people to participate. They are planning on hosting the Cruise-In on the second Tuesday of August, September and October of 2005.  There were several vendors lined up, a live DJ, and The Tucker Main Street Alliance had a booth with hotdogs, hamburgers and cold drinks! It was a great time for everyone!  The event was suppose to start at 5:00 pm, but Wayne said someone called him at 3:30, and asked where the car show was….I guess the anticipation got the better of the guy and he decided to show up early!
Make Sure You Don’t Miss The Next One...We Had A Great Time!
Next Tucker Cruise-In August 13th Downtown Tucker, Georgia on Main Street… Don’t Miss it! Bring The Family!
From our August 2005 issue of The Running Board
June 2007 Tour to  the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia
We had an interesting and enlightening outing with our old Fords on the tour to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. This facility features an American West Gallery with 110 works by some of America’s finest artist. Another gallery offered a selection of Western movie posters. A third room contained a group of 35 or more paintings and sculptures showing cowboys at work and play. In this area were two original unrestored 1865 stagecoaches. And the gear heads were really drawn to these triple Rouge vehicles with their original paint, original interior, and original running gear. Yet another area offered American Civil War paintings. This was especially interesting since we had toured the Manassas Battlefield in Virginia just last month. A large sixth area presented a portrait and a letter signed by each of our forty-two American presidents.
For those of you who missed this tour, it’s unfortunate. I would recommend that you take this forty-mile trip on your own. It’s worth the ride up to Cartersville.
Attending were: Charlie and Jeanene Adams, Gary and Nila Benton, Burns and Janice Cox, Lamar Hart, Don and Betty Morris, Bob and Mary Ann Padovano, Jerry and Cheryl Reichel, Bob and Lynn Schwartz, Putt and Jean Smith with grandson John, Larry Tanner.
We thank Bill Bellinger, Fred Lindquist and Bob Padovano for their contributions to the success of this tour.
Report on May 16th, 2009 Tour      From June 2009 Running Board
The May tour was to the Bruce Weiner Micro Car Museum just outside Madison, GA.
The AACA club joined the V8’ers making up a total of 48 participants. This is a collection of 324 cars that have engines under 50 cc. All of the cars are restored and displayed nicely. A large collection of antique vending machines and several motor scooters are also included in display. The museum has been doubled in size since our previous visit three years ago. We tried to get a photo of Jerry Reichel seated in one of the micro cars but the management refused. This museum is something that all the wives enjoy because all the cars are cute and painted in all the colors of the rainbow. A group of about 40 had lunch in Madison where there are a number of restaurants in the restored downtown square area. Following lunch, the tour group went to Rutledge for ice cream served from a WWII Georgia Railroad Caboose. The town has some interesting shops to visit also. It was then time to drive home.
Oakland GA Cemetery Tour - Feb 2010 Report   (from the Running Board)
Members arrived at Oakland Cemetery before 10:00 A.M. on an overcast misty morning, not quite as dreary as the December in Poe’s “the Raven.” While waiting for the guide, Richard Woodhouse, the group visited Margaret Mitchell’s grave. Richard started the tour which was about the symbolism that Victorians incorporated into their headstones. He explained the significance of the many different symbols that are carved into the markers. We also saw the graves of Bobby Jones, civil war generals, governors, and mayors. Lorraine has ancestors buried there also. Some members returned to the cemetery office about halfway through the tour due to wind and cold, about 40 degrees. At the conclusion of the tour, we drove to May Mac’s Tea Room for lunch. Everyone enjoyed their meal including the cinnamon rolls, which required continuous replenishment. It was Roy & Janelle’s anniversary so this added to the enjoyment of the activity. In spite of the weather, it was a fun day for all.
Participants:
Roy & Janelle Hatcher- ’39 Coupe, Bert & Lorraine Steele -’39 Coupe, Gary & Nila Benton - ’50 Convertible, Bob & Mary Ann Padovano - “51 Tudor, Jerry & Cheryl Reichel - ’51 Fodor, Fred & Katie Lindquist - ’39 Coupe, Randall & Kay Malone - modern, Wayne Deitrich - modern.
Report On Blue Willow Inn Tour  On April 16, 2011      From May 2011 Running Board
Twenty four members and guest drove old cars to Social Circle, GA to have dinner at The Blue Willow Inn.  As usual the food was delicious and bountiful.  All 10 old flatheads ran flawlessly as we expected. It was a good little one hundred mile round trip for both cars and travelers.
On the way to Social Circle, we stopped to visit Doug and Elizabeth Hollandsworth. Elizabeth has had health issues lately so we wish her well and let her know that she is in our prayers.
Report On Truett Cathy’s Car Collection - Saturday May 14th, 2011
We were invited by the Cadillac Club to join them and several other car clubs to visit the Truett Cathy automobile collection. Mr. Truett Cathy is the Founder & Owner of Chick-fil-A Restaurants. His collection of about seventy cars represents a wide variety of antique, classic and special interest autos. Mr. Cathy, age ninety, welcomed us and invited us to stroll around while his staff prepared lunch.
We had all gathered in a Publix Shopping Center in Fayetteville. There were over one hundred cars in a motorcade that traveled with police escort to Truett Cathy’s place. About half of the motorcade cars were antiques. There would have been more old cars if rain had not been predicted. Thirty members and guest of RG 24 were included in the crowd of over three hundred who attended this event. Mr. Cathy and his Chick-fil-A staff made sure we felt comfortable and unrushed even in such a large group. Everyone enjoyed the antique autos and the chicken sandwiches and ice cream. We hope to be invited back. 
Report On Sept 22, 2011  Tour To Cartersville        From Oct 2011 Running Board
By Fred Lindquist
Thursday morning September 22, members of Regional Group #24 assembled under threatening skies at the parking lot across from the Big Chicken. The group left promptly at 9:15 A.M. driving north on US 41. There was less traffic on this weekday morning then there has been on Saturdays in the past so the group moved smartly up US 41 arriving at the Tellus Museum north of Cartersville at 10:15 A.M. Bob and Lynn Schwartz met us at the museum. The Tellus Museum has five separate areas consisting of a planetarium, gem section, transportation section, fossil section, and a children’s section. Our group elected to go to the planetarium first for the 10:35 A.M. show and then visit the other sections afterward. This is a fascinating museum and we departed after two hours, but you can easily spend four hours viewing the exhibits. The group left the museum and headed to downtown Cartersville for lunch. There were thirteen of us and the Appalachian Grill personnel accommodated us very well. Everyone enjoyed their lunch, including the Wisconsinites who thoroughly enjoyed their Brats. It was a leisurely lunch finishing up at 2:15 P.M.

The group left Cartersville and headed to the McDonalds at exit 290 on the Interstate where we were to meet members of Regional Group 161. Additionally, Don Morris and David Posey were waiting for us when we arrived. The Chattanooga group was delayed due to weather and some minor mechanical problems arriving about 3:00 P.M.
After many greetings with new and old friends, Group #161 led us to an individual in White who had an interesting car collection. Among the cars was a ’56 Olds with 24,000 miles, a ’73 Ford with 8,000 miles, a very clean ’38 Ford Fordor, and a ’32 Ford Cabriolet that the owner is aware of only two in existence. It was getting late and the storm clouds were moving in so it was decided to leave. Some members said the rain was the heaviest they had seen while others encountered showers only, but everyone got home safely.
Participants:
Bert & Lorraine Steele ’39 Coupe Bob Ralston ’63 Chevy PU
Bob & Mary Ann Padovano ’51 Tudor Lamar Hart & Nancy Bireley ’52 HT
Jerry & Cheryl Reichel ’54 PU Fred & Katie Lindquist ’39 Coupe
Bob & Lynn Schwartz ’51 Merc Don Morris & David Posey ’41 Conv
There were also 14 members from the Lookout Mountain Regional Group #161.
January 2012 tour     From Dec 2011 Running Board
Governor's Mansion Tour

Mark your calendar for Tuesday January 24 for a driving tour to the Georgia Governor’s mansion on West Paces Ferry Rd. Tours are conducted only on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. This is an opportunity to see the public areas of the 30 room, three floor, Greek Revival style home that was built in 1967. Additionally, permission was obtained for everyone driving an Early Ford V8 will have the opportunity to photograph their car in front of the mansion. The group will leave the mansion driving to the Landmark Diner on Roswell Rd. for lunch. The manager of the diner looks forward to our visit and wants some of the cars parked directly in front of the diner. After lunch, we will drive south on Roswell Rd. to Buckhead and then south on Peachtree Rd. to Rhodes Hall. This home was built in 1904 for Amos Rhodes, founder of Rhodes Furniture, in a style reminiscent of castles along the Rhine River in Germany that he and his bride saw on their honeymoon. This structure, the “castle on Peachtree,” is the home of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. There will be a $6.00/person fee for a guided tour of this three story former home. This tour will be a rain or shine activity, if it rains drive modern.

Report On Governor’s Mansion Tour
By Fred Lindquist
After several days of cool damp weather, Tuesday dawned clear and dry. Members of Regional Group #24 assembled at a Waffle House in Buckhead in preparation for the January day tour. There were Waffle House customers and employees who came out to admire the V8’s. The group left for the Governor’s Mansion, construction completed in 1968, after receiving the day’s driving instructions. The Georgia State Patrolman at the Governor’s Mansion gate instructed us to park in the circle in front of the Mansion instead of the side parking area where most visitors park. We were greeted by a hostess and then the Governor’s wife, Mrs. Deal, greeted us in the foyer. Following the tour of the first floor, the group assembled on the front steps along with Mrs. Deal for pictures. Then everyone was able to drive their car in front of the Mansion for an individual picture. This picture was a great souvenir of the visit. Mrs. Deal was very interested in the V8’s and Bob Padovano showed her each one, which she seemed to enjoy.

We left the Mansion with the assistance of the State Patrolmen who stopped traffic on West Paces Ferry Road so we could leave together. The group took a leisurely drive through the northwest neighborhood of fine homes before arriving at the Landmark Diner. The staff was waiting for us and had a table set in a separate dining room. The meal was enjoyed by everyone and true to form Bob Padovano was served his meal last, the tradition continues. Cheryl and Wayne each had one of the huge delicious desserts they serve. As we left, everyone was provided a cookie.

The group departed driving south on Roswell Road into Buckhead and then south on Peachtree Road to Rhodes Hall. This home constructed by A. G. Rhodes in 1904 that originally included 114 acres has been owned by the State of Georgia since 1926. The docent gave the group a tour of the three floors of the restored home (9,000 square feet) and provided almost more historical information than we could absorb about the home, Atlanta, the South, the Civil War, and his family history. It was a fascinating tour of one of the last of the large homes that used to line Peachtree Street.

The group said their goodbyes after the tour and headed home. There were eighteen people on this tour.
Participants:
Cleve & Pat McAfee, 1957 Tudor, Bert & Lorraine Steele, 1939 Coupe, Bob & Mary Ann Padovano, 1951 Tudor, Wayne & Sue Dietrich, 1940 Conv, Jerry & Cheryl Reichel, 1951 Fordor, Fred & Katie Lindquist, 1939 Coupe, Jim & Grant Brown, Modern, Don Morris, 1941 Conv, Jerry & Vina McIntosh, Modern, Frank Sessions, Modern.
Oktoberfest - Helendorf Hotel, Helen GA                From the July 2012 Running Board
Tuesday October 16 (returning on 17th)
Fred Lindquist 404 237 0546
Have you been to Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest or just thought about? Well, the next best thing is Oktoberfest in Helen, GA. There is German food and beer and a fest hall where there is German music played by German bands for an evening of entertainment. Oktoberfest is where people enjoy the music, the dancing, and have a lot of fun, Gemutlich.
Arrangements have been made for our club to spend one night, Tuesday October 16, at the Helendorf Hotel on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in the center of Helen. The rate for a balcony room is $124.00 plus tax of $18.00 for a total of $142.00 and a standard room is $89.00 plus tax. The hotel serves a continental breakfast and has free parking on the premises. The hotel is a block from the fest hall and the nightly charge for a week night is $7.00/person.
The hotel telephone number is (706) 878-2271 and it is suggested that you make your hotel reservations as quickly as possible to assure yourselves of a room as the hotels fill quickly.
This is an opportunity for you to participate in Oktoberfest without going to Munich. Join with other V8’ers on this overnight trip. You will enjoy yourselves if you do.
Call Fred Lindquist at (404) 237-0546 if you have a question about this activity.
From Jan 2003 TFRB
From June 2005 TFRB
May 2004 TFRB  MARCH CLUB TOUR
TY COBB MUSEUM, ROYSTON GEORGIA
Saturday march 27th was a beautiful spring day, great for V8 touring, the destination was Royston Ga. home of the "Georgia Peach" Ty Cobb. TY Cobb was born and raised in Royston and lived his entire life there, his interest in baseball began at an early age playing in the fields around tom, his father thought baseball was a waste of time but young Ty would not listen, he played for small teams in Ga. and eventually made it to the "big league's". He played his entire career for the Detroit Tigers and set many records. He was also the first player to endorse a product, Coca Cola was new at that time and Ty Cobb saw it's potential, many pictures were taken of the Detroit Tigers drinking "Coke". Ty Cobb invested in Coke and G.M. and became a very wealthy man.
   The people of Royston have benefited from his wealth and generosity, the hospital and adjoining medical complex were made possible by his donations. The Ty Cobb museum is one wing of the hospital, the museum is a tribute to his life and baseball career.
   Next stop was the B-H barbecue for lunch, the food was great and the service fast, we were soon back on the road to Franklin Springs, this was a drive through and around the springs.
   With no time to waste we headed for our third stop an old Methodist church. This proved to be a challenge as tour leader Fred Lindquist's directions were not totally correct, after several turn arounds and a little back tracking were we at our destination. This Methodist Church was built in 1835 with separate entry doors for men and women.
Some changes have been made as the partitions that divided the church are not there any more, former Pastor W. Jack Lamb and his wife Marie gave us a guided tour and a complete history of the church, the church cemetery has head stones dating back to the early 1800s, the surrounding area still has descendants of the early members and services are held 4 times a year.
   It was by now late in the afternoon, time to head home, another great back roads V8 tour.
Attendees: Fred and Katie Lindquist, Bob and Maryann Padavano, Don and Betty Morris,Don Algood, Bob McCart, Lamar Dalton, Neal and Emily Freeman, Jeny and Cheryl Reichel
Respectfully submitted: Jeny Reichel secretary
Oct 2000

Blue Willow Inn
Booth Western Art Museum
Tucker Cruise-In
Micro-car Museum
Oakland Cemetery
Truett Kathy Car Collection

Cartersville Tour
Governor's Mansion Tour
Octoberfest - Helen GA

Lake Lure & Chimney Rock
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Ty Cobb Museum
Helen GA Tour
Chatanooga TN Tour
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Old Clayton Overnight Tour
Jekyll Island
Millard Young's Annual Car Show

Sharian Oriental Rug Co.
Recap of 1998 Tour Season

Norcross Car Show
Benny Bootle's 1984
Benny Bootle's 1985
Benny Bootle's 1996
Oct 1999
Oct 2001
Nov 2002
Nov 1997
From Burns Cox's scrapbook 1999
On the way, on I-285, a trucker fell asleep and ran into the rear of Dick Anderson's "customized in           
  1956", 303 Olds powered '51 Vicky                                                                                                                
The following are photos from Burns Cox's Scrapbook (#8: 00046-00059)
Dec 1999
Dec 1999
Lake Lure & Chimney Rock Tour
These photos are from Burns Cox's scrapbook (#10: 00064-69)
These photos are from Burns Cox's scrapbook (#10: 130-131-132-138) 
We don't know what year - probably around 2000.
June 2001
Jan 1999 TFRB
Michael C. Carlos Museum
These next 3 down are probably around 1997  (#3-00097-98-99)
Burns Cox's scrapbook #10: 00090-91
Jan 1984 from Restoration New Feb 1984
Jan 1985 from Restoration News
               Bootle's Buggies
From Mar 1996 TFRB
"The Plan" for the 1999 Tour of the Century - to Jekyll Island   (download)
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