On July 18th, the GTA’s most ambitious drivers gathered at Panera Bread in Lithonia. We had an excellent turnout for a hot July morning with 7 cars meeting at the start and two more joining us at our destination!

Making the start were two Spitfires driven by Art and Faye Hays, and Vic Richardson who has just returned from a whirlwind road trip himself. There were two TR6’s at the start, Peter Cronin and his white late model TR6 and Shawn Tarleton in his French blue tastefully modified TR6. Mike and Sue Hurst were along in their Mallard Stag, Steave Freeman in his green TR250, and me in Sue’s ’64 TR4.

At about 10:15, we were on our way for a broad sweep around the east & south of Atlanta ending up in Williamson, Georgia. Along the way we went past Panola Mountain State Park & Arabia Mountain State Park, these are from the same outcropping as Stone Mountain. Next we went through McDonough in time to see the farmers’ market on the square. Next came Locust Grove, then Barnesville & Zebulon. We drove 78 miles total through the rolling hills & farmland of the Piedmont area of Georgia.

Arriving at the barnstormer Grill for lunch at 12:30, our group was joined by Tom Horvath in his TR6 and Hugh McAlear in his TR250. The nine of us enjoyed a great lunch, and I do mean great! I had just mentioned at Panera Bread upon getting my breakfast sandwich, that there should be a law requiring that any sandwich you buy at a restaurant, look like the picture of the product on the menu. The Barnstormer Grill really delivered! I had the Jalapeno Burger topped with fried peppers and Monterey Jack cheese with a side of Onion Rings. It was the best burger I’ve had in years by far…. I highly recommend the Barnstormer Grill if you are ever in the area. The restaurant is situated near the runway of the air field, so as we dined, we watched a few small planes take off just outside the windows.

The Museum had some interesting machinery in it including cars, a couple of planes and aircraft engines. We did not linger long because the museum was not climate controlled! We were anxious to get the air moving, so off we went for our drive home.

We scattered out for our trip to our respective homes. I tailed Mike and Sue Hurst all the way back two Gwinnett County enjoying the exhaust note of their Stag. Along the way we both commiserated about the air conditioning (non existent) in our cars but remarking on how great the seat warmers were working. It was a HOT,HOT drive home, but very enjoyable and a great chance to stretch the legs of our Triumphs… I am very thankful to Art Hays for leading us on the drive.