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One of the few cars in the collection, Kaiser Darin.

Back in my younger days I liked to autocross our Corvette on as many weekends as I could. Then, as the kids started to show up it seemed that was no longer realistic and my personal car hobby had to slow considerably. Still, I always managed to have a fun car in the garage but it also had to serve as a daily driver. As the kids got older and free time became more available once again I began to get more serious about my car passion. Soon I was getting back into car shows and cruise-ins. I was even able to have a car that was special and not a daily driver. Today, I am very fortunate to have multiple collector cars and a wife who is equally passionate about the cars I still enjoy almost anything auto related but our real focus has turned to driving the cars and visiting others’ collections.

These old pumps and coke machines were just a few of the many in the collection. All were beautiful originals or fully restored.

Several of our local AACA (Antique Auto Club of America) clubs have a car cruise every month, year round. The number of participants can vary but often will include 75 individuals and 35 or more cars. The tours typically will include a one to two hour (sometimes even longer including overnight trips) one way drive through beautiful Tennessee back roads. During these excursions our group will usually visit multiple points of interest and have a terrific old home cooking “meat and three”. (In Tennessee a “meat and three” is a restaurant that specializes in home cooked meat main course with a choice of three sides of Southern vegetables.) The grand  main event of the tours is a visit to a museum or private collection of cars or memorabilia. After the main attraction everyone is free to head back home on their own by a route of their choice. It is a fantastic way to spend a Saturday with your spouse and other car enthusiasts.

We all love to have authentic vintage signs in our collections but how about this wall size one! How cool is that?

On these trips you can find members driving their daily driver (their project car is still not drivable), 1920’s original antiques, authentic 1950’s hot rods, new and vintage Corvettes, muscle cars, and even a vintage Rolls Royce. We enjoy looking over each others cars as much as the main attraction collection. Best of all, we are driving these cars and having a lot of fun with other car people.

The collection included a number of authentic vintage commercial interiors.

Below are some photos from one recent visit to an enthusiast’s collection. In this case there were not a lot of cars but the memorabilia was breath taking! For obvious reasons we can not tell you the owner’s name or location.

The favorites in the exhibit were the soda fountains, of which there were multiple.


Soda fountains, small toy cars, and much more thrilled our group.



This is just a few of our Club’s cars parked while we toured the collection. Tennessee is a beautiful state.


This appeared to be a well used but original unrestored Continental. It was very intriguing looking over all of its patina and wonders about the stories behind every blemish.


This 1940 took my breath away and was one of the tour cars hitting the road with us.


Check out the flathead under the hood of the 40 Ford.


Another soda fountain.


There was a old bank interior but this barber shop was also really cool.
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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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