It brings a smile to the Union City businessman's face when he recalls how some visiting big shots from the Honda's industry referred to his family business many years ago. "They couldn't speak English and they had (a Japanese) interpreter with them," he said. "They wanted to see this dealership - they called it, 'This cornfield dealership' - because we were out in the middle of a cornfield outselling other large dealerships in Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis and Atlanta two to one. 'This cornfield Honda dealer' is what they called us."
Even then, Abernathy's was tearing up the competition. It all started in 1955 when Abernathy's grandfather, the late Clarence Abernathy, became an authorized Harley-Davidson® motorcycle dealer in Palmersville, TN and began working with motorcycles in his garage. He and his son, the late Russell Abernathy, who is Tootie's father, were mechanics and heavy equipment operators by trade.Learn More