Plan B: Greenville to Greeneville and Back

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry…………….

2019 Horizons Unlimited Travelers Meeting, North Carolina USA

One of my favorite motorcycle events, one in which I look forward to all year, is the Horizon’s Unlimited Travelers Meeting held at Ironhorse Motorcycle resort in North Carolina. Ironhorse changed hands this year, and for some reason unbeknownst to us, the new owner decided not to accommodate the Horizons Unlimited organization’s event.

These Travelers Meetings are held in locations throughout the world, throughout the year. Workshops, seminars, travel presentations are put together by fellow travelers who volunteer their time to share their knowledge of moto travel worldwide.

I now found myself with a three day weekend to fill. I could have gone moto camping as planned at Ironhorse or any of the other moto-centric campgrounds I frequent. But, meh. Instead, I opted for plan B: A road trip to a museum that has been on my list to visit for quite a while. A trip from Greenville, South Carolina to Greeneville (yes, there is an added e) Tennessee to this place (this is where all the motorcyclists who follow this blog say arrrgggghhhh):

Anybody left reading? Well, the intent was a motorcycle post. The best laid plans………

A beautiful day greeted me as I dropped the top on our MX-5 and headed to the land of the Volunteers. The drive had me on Interstate highways (crap), secondary highways (better), and rural, twisty back roads (best). Even with maybe 40% of the trip on Interstate highways, this was still an all day round trip. If I routed all back roads, I would have to stay the night or dance with deer coming home on the dark rural by-ways. No thanks.

If you are traveling by moto or sports car, do check out the beautiful twisty tarmac of NC70, NC208 (north of Asheville), and TN 208, TN70. These roads are fantastic and freaky fun as they follow parts of the French Broad River in North Carolina and the Nolichucky River In Tennessee.

I parked the MX-5 and entered the museum. What a great collection this family has amassed over the years. I believe this building, as an auto repair shop, was built in 1937 in this small southern town of Greeneville. Enjoy the photos. The placards have some interesting tidbits about each car.

Just for us motorcyclists. There is a Harley in there somewhere.

Inside the museum

The Cars


A lot of automotive history is displayed in this historic building. The town of Greeneville, TN itself is steeped in history, from the aftermath of the American Revolution to our Civil War, and home to a US President. Walking along it’s downtown sidewalks, it is a old southern town stuck in time. Worth a visit.


On Cars & Motorcycles & Coffee…….A Pictorial of sorts.

The weather over Memorial Day weekend was perfect for my hometowns monthly Cars & Coffee gathering in Greenville, South Carolina. Just like The Meltdown Vintage Motorcycle show that we rave about each year, our monthly Cars & Coffee is a great grass roots petrol fest of two and four wheels. People of all ages; Millenials, Geezers, Hipsters, Gen X,Y&Z, small kids, big kids, dogs…..all coming out to see, smell, and hear the sound of internal combustion engines housed in all kinds of sheet metal skin. As the temps are starting to get quite a bit warm, the usually large canine contingent was noticeably under represented this day.

So, enough words. Here are some of the more interesting, aesthetic, weird, freaky and WTF cars and bikes we came across. Enjoy!

Motorbikes had a good turnout

Modern and Vintage. It was all here.

A Thing? C’mon. Everyone remembers VW’s Thing. Soooo ugly it’s beautiful! And you too, can have this one.

A Cornucopia of really beautiful, really fast cars. Check out the kid, already pointing out the attributes of a Ferrari to his dad.

The French Invasion: a weird little car is this Citroen

The weirdness continues……………..

In the market for a beautiful, upscale, Italian Roadster? Alfa Romeo 4C. Where do I sign?

Back to the Bikes

You want patina? This guy’s got patina. Used to be called rust.

We’ll end with the freak in the room……………. WTF?



Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance Part 2



Port Royal Golf Club, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Day 1 (continued)

The Motoring Midway is the centerpiece of the Concours. But sprinkled around the rest of the golf course are special exhibits that highlight certain vehicles or periods of time. One of those exhibits is titled “Life in the Suburbs” sponsored by GMC. Life in the Suburbs portrays the vehicles you would have seen had you been living in suburban America between the late 1940’s and mid to late 1960’s.

Special Exhibit: Life in the Suburbs


Recognize your first bike anywhere?

Did this ice cream scooter come through your neighborhood?

Very 1950’s

Moving on to the 1960’s love generation, a very cool custom VW Bus

Vespa’s were very popular in the 1950’s & 60’s. Put a couple of beagles in that sidecar and you got yourself a babe magnet!


Let’s pay tribute to the po-po. Anybody see where Barney went?

Don’t forget the moto-cops

Everybody loves a Woody. This is a 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe.

We had one more special exhibit we wanted to see before days end, which was on the other side of the Motoring Midway. To get there, we had to force ourselves to endure the astounding beauty, sexiness, and real power of one of Italy’s premier car makers: Ferrari.


Roo takes meticulous notes on the cars she wants to purchase. I’m getting worried……


But she’d sure look cute in it!


The Italians know how to do it right………..

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Unique to this Concours was a maritime exhibit showcasing beautiful wood boats from the 1930’s. These beautiful water craft exuded wealth, opulence, and excess. If you had one of these in the 1930’s during the Great Depression, running about on the lake while eating lunch and drinking champagne, you were one wealthy individual.

Special Exhibit: On The Water


Photos can’t do justice to the grace and beauty that these wooden craft exemplify. Plying the lakes and rivers during the summer months, these boats must have been a sight to behold.

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A few years ago, Harley Davidson had a fantastic print ad campaign that showed a suburban gentleman mowing his lawn while a biker on a Harley rode past him. The man mowing his lawn is thinking, “Someday I’m going to get a motorcycle.” Harley’s tag line was: “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. See? No Someday. What are you waiting for?”

Brilliant, and can be applied to many things. Well, apparently, this yachtsman may also be a biker because he found his Someday:


It was getting late in the day, and the Concours shuts down at 4 PM to prepare for the next days event. Walking back to the Port Royal Clubhouse, we stop to ogle this beautiful example of America’s sports car:

Just about ready to leave, Roo runs ahead to another auto that caught her eye, and, of course, starts taking notes and photos. I’m getting more worried as the day goes on:

I always thought the old Volvo’s were pretty cool. This one is a 1972 Volvo 1800 ES, and , I have to admit, it is very “Roo.” She thinks so too.

By now they are “shooing” people to the exits. Tonight, they roll these cars and motorbikes off the greens and fairways, to be replaced with a whole new set of vehicles! Can’t wait for the morning! For now, we head to the beach for a walk as we watch the sun set.

Next post: Day 2: Special exhibits; beautiful vintage bikes; Roo helps a vintage BMW motorcycle win Best in Category; Classic exotics.