Honor Drive welcomes riders to take in the scenery for a fundraiser

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 | 2:07 p.m. CDT; updated 8:43 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Participants in the Central Missouri Honor Flight Project’s Honor Drive will travel through historic towns on Sunday.

COLUMBIA — All it takes is $20 to enjoy the fall scenery while passing through several small towns on this year's Honor Drive.

The Honor Drive, one of the fundraisers for the Central Missouri Honor Flight Project, will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday. The cruise will start at Boonville High School and end at Parkade Center.

It costs $20 per vehicle to enter and $5 per rider to participate in the event. If you have a vehicle full of people, the driver would pay the $25, and the passengers would each pay $5.

The route will take participants through Boonsboro, Glasgow, Fayette, New Franklin and then either Rocheport or Midway before heading back to Columbia. Jim Reese, a member of the Honor Drive's board and president of the Central Missouri Mustang & Ford Club, said there are many interesting sights along the way.

"First, of course, there is the rolling hills and farm land, the trees turning into fall colors, the river overview in Glasgow as well as the historic town of Glasgow," Reese said in an email. "There is the town square in Fayette as well as many historic buildings in both Fayette and New Franklin.

Reese said Rocheport also has historic buildings and shops near the Katy Trail. Drivers take Interstate 70 to Midway, the site of the TV show "Truck Stop Missouri" on the Travel Channel. Reese said the drive is not organizing stops along the way, but people can choose to stop at any point.

The first Honor Drive was held last October and attracted 220 participants. Last year's drive took place mainly along large highways. Reese said this year he wanted to give people the chance to see some of the smaller towns' fall scenery.

The drive raised about $4,400 and the funds went to the Central Missouri Honor Flight Project. Shelley Becker, community relations chair for the Central Missouri Honor Flight, said the project's current mission is to fly World War II veterans and terminally ill veterans from mid-Missouri to Washington D.C. to see the National WWII Memorial on the National Mall.

Reese said the event is open to anyone with family cars or "weekend toys," cars that have been restored or cars displayed at car shows. As long as it has insurance, Reese said, it can be a part of the drive.

"It doesn't have to be fancy," Reese said. "It could be any car. You can take a family car, a mini van or SUV."

Lisa Malott, co-founder of the Honor Drive, said it is about recognition. "It is a nice thing to show respect to that generation."

Malott said they plan to help the Honor Flight Project raise money so that veterans from the Korean War and the Vietnam War can participate in the Honor Flight Project in the future.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday, a release from the drive said. There is also going to be a DJ playing throughout the day. The event is expected to draw 500 drivers and riders this year, Reese said.

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