Wednesday May 17th – Hands down, the most scenic drive on the 2017 Music City Road Tour happened this morning as we tackled the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. We rolled out of the small town of Eureka Springs a little before 9am this morning and hit the two-lane blacktop as light showers dropped from the skies. For the first hour of the drive the sprinkling was hit and miss but no one seemed to really care. The two-lane road kept our group bunched up which made for some awesome photo ops for our Gazette guys, but it also invited the locals onto their front porches and store fronts to get a peek at the amazing rides on this tour.
We ventured on for about two hours up, down and around the two-lane road as we headed to Flippin, Arkansas for our first stop of Day 6 (yes, that’s the town’s real name). We made it to Spirit Industries and imminently everyone got out of their cars and chatted about how beautiful the drive was – we’re getting to see some gorgeous countryside on this trip! Sprit Industries was full steam ahead with producing fiberglass hot rod bodies as well as building complete cars. Bob and his guys BBQ’d us some dogs and brats for lunch before we headed out for our next stop which was just down the road.
A short 15-minute trip over to stop 2 today landed us at Chris Freeman’s Collection which was filled with beautiful cars, trucks, motorcycles and more! We were floored with the quality and upkeep of Freeman’s place – as the saying goes “we would eat off his floor”! Out of his entire collection, Freeman’s restored Chevy Luv pickup with .3-tenths of a mile on it was a favorite from our bunch.
Dinner and an unscheduled stop 3 were about two more hours east, so we saddled up and hammered down while encountering some serious winds on the Arkansas flatlands during the final 30 minutes of the drive. Our tour leader Ed Capen got a phone call from everyone’s friend George Poteet a few days ago who was kind enough to invite all of our guests out to dinner once we checked in to our hotel for the evening of Day 6. We were treated to some delicious southern catfish and BBQ! After dinner, we then headed over to Danny’s place for banana bread pudding dessert and some more shop talkin’ before cruising back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.
We hate to see it end but we love the memories we’ve made on this trip. Tomorrow is the final day of the Music City Road Tour which will end at Advanced Plating in Nashville, TN for the Nashville Nationals official Kick-Off party – if you’re in the area swing by, say hi and talk to these road warriors about their travels. All Music City Road Tour cars will be parked together tomorrow evening at Advanced Plating, see ya there!