2018 Ride to J.R.’s Sportsbar in Alex City

Lunch Run to Alex City March 24, 2018
A visit to J.R.s Sports Bar & Grill

Our club has always enjoyed a drive followed by a meal. Throw in great tops down weather and it will always be a very good turnout. I was pleasantly surprised to see several cars waiting on Lecia and I when we arrived at our departure point. A short time socializing as we waited on the other folks and we departed on schedule. Today’s drive featured a great mix of cars – MGA, MGB, MGBGT, Two TR-6s, Porsche, MINI, and a Mazda 3 Speed.

This was my MGA’s second “distant” drive since the MGB engine swap. The reports of those behind me – she’s running a little rich as they donned face masks! We motored up Hwy 9 to 259 and then 22. If you follow this street and stay straight through the round about, you arrive at JRs. Parking was great as there were exactly enough spaces for our group when Hank arrived in his lovely Jaguar.

Directing us in were Ron & Joyce Pardo. Ron was playing Santa Claus as his pickup contained spare parts for TR6s and MGBs. I saw a nice grill for a B pass for Pam – I think. Andy found the early gauges he needs for his 69 TR6 along with a radiator. Blitz picked up something for a TR6 seat and I spied a spare fuel pump. Ron was a popular guy!

Lunch was served in the “party room” at JRs. Plenty of room for us to spread out. Chris & Audra, the owners, welcomed us and made us right at home. Donna was our waitress and soon started taking orders. Lecia is my Lady and is Audra and Donna’s sister. A real family affair. Ron & Joyce sat across from us and guess what folks! Ron & Joyce met for the first time right here at JRs. How about that?

The food was excellent and once filled, we strolled outside for photos with our cars. I am told they will be featured along with information about our club on Mainstreet AlexanderCity’s web and facebook pages. About now Cam Caldwell showed up in an absolutely gorgeous 1958 Austin Healey 100-6. The car has been completely restored and it is a likely possibility we will see more of this car when we have events in this area. Super car & a super nice guy.

We bid farewell to JRs, Chris, Audra & Donna and headed to our second stop – Adams Hudson’s garage. Over the 25 years I have known Adams, he always shares with us his passion for sports and exotic cars. Today’s fare included a 1985 factory wide body non-turbo Porsche and two late model Porsches along with an Audi A5 V8 wagon. Talk about a sleeper! Adams shared several stories with us and we will probably see him at the Children’s Harbor Art Show in May.

It was a fun day with fun cars, good food, sunshine, and great friends. You can’t spend a better Saturday.