It was a four-hour drive from the Greensboro area to our Tuesday evening stay in Nags Head
Tuesday we were up and rolling by 8 a.m. We had been invited to tour the HPC Jet-Hot Coating facility in Whitsett, North Carolina. We were greeted by Chairman/CEO Paul Clayton who personally gave us a tour of their facility. It was interesting to see the process that goes into the high heat coatings that HPC Jet-Hot Coating is so famous for applying. Everyone received a souvenir Jet-Hot hat; the local TV station even turned out to cover our visit.
From HPC it was onto Efland, North Carolina, where we had been invited to enjoy a picnic lunch, compliments of the Timeless Cruisers of Efland. What a great bunch of folks with a love of cars and a camaraderie that they enjoy sharing with other car enthusiasts. Thanks for the hospitality folks. What a nice way to spend some time on the road.
After our visit at Jet-Hot we were treated to a picnic lunch by the Timeless Cruisers of E
Nags Head, North Carolina, was our destination for Tuesday evening and after a four-hour drive we all made the trip in decent shape. The First Flight Car Club of Kitty Hawk has a local cruise on Tuesday evening in Kitty Hawk and they invited us to stop by and even put together goodie bags for all of us. They are another example of how great car folks can be and their hospitality was appreciated.
After our morning drivers' meeting at the hotel in Nags Head we made a short drive north to the site of the first manned self-propelled plane flight. Orville and Wilbur Wright made the trip from their home in Dayton, Ohio, to the sands of the outer banks of North Carolina to test their experimental aircraft over 100 years ago. The rest is history. The park is very well laid out and includes re-creations of their original camp. The runway in the sand is marked and there is a huge memorial on the hill overlooking the site. It was a very interesting stop on the tour.
We were invited by the First Flight Car Club from nearby Kitty Hawk to join them at their
From the Wright Brother's Memorial we continued north to another famous beach town. Virginia Beach is the home of the Naval Air Station Oceana and home to the jet fighters that are part of the Navy's strike force. We had stopped there last year and it was a thrill to see the planes and the people who help make our country safe and free. This year we were invited to enjoy some lunch at the Officer's Club on the base. It was quite an experience to dine with the airmen and airwomen of the base and enjoy the displays and surroundings of the club. After lunch we got a chance to see some of the planes that have played a part in the history of Naval aviation at NAS Oceana.
From the airbase, many of the Road Tourians made a trip to Dumar's Drive-In, located in nearby Norfolk, Virginia, a restaurant famous for their ice cream and barbecue. Dumar's is also the originator of the waffle ice cream cone and some folks just had to give it a try. It was reported to be excellent.
On our drive up the coastline of the outer banks we made a brief visit to the site of the
By this point in the tour, the weather had turned sunny and warm. We spent Wednesday afternoon hanging around the hotel parking lot cleaning the cars and tightening some loose nuts and bolts. After some dinner, many folks walked on the beach and enjoyed the free band concert put on by the city every Wednesday evening. We were getting close to our destination and life was good, warm, and dry.
Thursday morning on our way out of Virginia Beach we made a stop at Bobbie Lou and Hoyt Duff's Lynnhaven Pier in Virginia Beach. Hoyt and Bobbie Lou have been participants on many Road Tours in the past and have become a part of our Road Tourian family. Earlier this year a storm hit Virginia Beach and wiped out much of their pier. With no insurance the repairs are going to be quite costly. In order to help defray some of the cost they are selling planks to folks who can have a message engraved on the plank. At our morning driver's meeting we passed the hat and raised $150 for the Lynnhaven Pier Fund. There will be a plank that will reads "STREET RODDER Cruise to Ocean City, May 2010," which will be a permanent memorial to our great week on the road.
Our accommodations in Virginia Beach were right on the ocean. The weather had cleared and
We visited the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach. We had been invited to have lun
The trip from Virginia Beach north to Ocean City involves traveling across and through the