By Wednesday morning the rains had passed through and it was a cool and sunny morning. Thanks to the efforts of the Motor City Car Club who worked all day on Tuesday to solve problems experienced by one of the Road Tourians, everyone had made it to Gananoque at the Canada/U.S. border. While we enjoyed our time in Canada it was a good feeling to be crossing the bridge and knowing that you were back home.

Our first stop was the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York, just 10 minutes from the border. Even the non-boaters in our group could appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of the watercraft on display. It was a great way to start the day on the Megaspeed Tour.

It was a short 45-minute drive to Fort Drum, the huge Army base near Watertown, New York. About two years ago at the Syracuse Nationals I had been approached by Dale Greening. Dale is a civilian helicopter mechanic at Fort Drum. Dale invited me to bring a Road Tour to the base to visit the troops and see the equipment that was being used in Afghanistan. Dale explained that the helicopters from Fort Drum would be returning soon and he felt that the troops and their families would enjoy seeing our cars. He also felt that we would appreciate a close-up look at equipment that was being used by our soldiers half way around the world. From that conversation two years ago and Dale Greening's hard work and persistence we were now on our way to Fort Drum for an amazing afternoon.

Our first stop was the Heritage Center on the base. From there we drove to the actual airfield where the Chinook, Apache, Black Hawk, and Kiowa helicopters are based. It was an amazing sight as we were greeted by the troops along the runways while we drove by these incredible pieces of sophisticated equipment. We were led into an open hanger and parked our cars. It was a scene and a moment that will be a lasting memory for all of us. The troops were anxious to see our cars and we could not believe we were actually so close to the helicopters and the men and women who fly and maintain them. Cameras were out all afternoon as we took pictures of the activities going on all around. Some of the Road Tourians got a chance to get into the flight simulators where the pilots train. It was a breathtaking afternoon. Many thanks to Dale Greening who had the vision and to the folks on the base who helped make this all happen. We attended a local cruise in our honor Wednesday evening to top off an incredible day.

Thursday morning it was time to get to our weekend destination of Burlington, Vermont, for the NSRA Northeast Nationals Plus. The route took us through Lake Placid, New York, the site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics. Upon reaching the Vermont border and the banks of the southern part of Lake Champlain we boarded a ferry for the short 20-minute boat ride. We reached Burlington by mid afternoon. It had been a gorgeous drive.

Our journey was complete but the fun of a weekend at the NSRA Northeast Nationals Plus was ahead as we spent the weekend at the Champlain Valley Expo Center.

It was a great weekend at the NSRA Northeast Street Rod Nationals Plus. There were over 1,400 registered vehicles and plenty of spectators all weekend to enjoy them. Saturday evening the participants on the Steele Rubber Products Triple Crown Challenge got together for a final meal as a group. Six vehicles with eleven participants completed the three back-to-back-to-back Road Tours. NSRA awards were announced at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Three of our Road Tourians were singled out for special recognition. This makes the seventh tour in the books for the 2012 season. Go to for extended coverage of the Megaspeed Road Tour and a schedule and registration form for the upcoming 2013 Road Tour season.