It’s no surprise that the two classic cars attract stares, waves, photos and general delight wherever we go. However Tbilisi provided something really special. We found a card dropped at our hotel with a request to call someone interested in the cars. Bill, being the diplomat, gave him a ring and in no time Mamuka Khoshtaria was there in his yellow submarine (a Moskovitch)) and told us of his desire to build a Model T Ford. He wanted to look at our wheels, and could he tell his friends, and could they come and have a look?
Shalua Zamtaradze, in a restored Russian Daz, and George Didebashvili, in a restored Russian military vehicle, all turned up. With typical Georgian hospitality they took us out to the biggest feast and beers we have ever seen.
We had a trip up and down the main street of Tbilisi for Georgian TV, filming, flashing lights, stopping the traffic, get out of the way this is important. We did interviews overlooking the city, providing a majestic backdrop.
On the way out of Tbilisi they took us to the old capital Mtskheta where we drove through every barrier to the entrance to the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Monastery. They made sure we were on the right road to the Great Caucasus and Russia and bid us farewell.
If you’re interested in cars we can recommend a visit to the Auto Museum, and contact the Military Vehicle Preservation Association to meet fellow car fanatics in Georgia.