On Tuesday we headed to Lake Havasu City for an evening get-together with the local hot rodding community. It was a three-hour drive across Arizona. We intentionally avoided the interstate and took the two lanes for a very pretty drive. After checking in we gathered at 4 p.m. to make the short drive across the original London Bridge to the main street in downtown Lake Havasu City. The Over the Hill Gang, some other local clubs, and local rodder Dick Raczuk had really gathered the troops. From 4 until 8 p.m. we all enjoyed meeting and chatting with local hot rod enthusiasts. It was a great evening in Lake Havasu City.

Wednesday morning we divided into two groups. We each visited Dick Raczuk's beautiful home and saw his very large personal workshop. We also visited Havasu Speed and got to see their project vehicles.

We wrapped up our 24 hours in beautiful Lake Havasu City with a noon time visit to Premier Street Rod. Owner Rob Logsdon, his wife, and crew went out of their way to welcome us. The showroom was filled with goodies and the Road Tourians did some shopping. We also were treated to a great lunch provided by Premier Street Rod. It was a wonderful time in Lake Havasu City but it was time to get to Las Vegas. The SEMA Show was in full swing and we were special guests.

From Lake Havasu it was about a three-hour drive to Las Vegas and we all rolled into the Gold Coast Casino by midafternoon. Thursday morning we headed to the show. The SEMA Show is huge and exhibits and displays cover the areas both outside and inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. Our badges gave us total access to all areas of the show. There was plenty for everyone to see and do.

At 4 p.m. we gathered back at the Gold Coast to make the short drive to see the amazing collections of Art and Shirley Goldstrom. We have visited with the Goldstroms in the past and daughter, Cherie, invited us to stop again. After our tours of Art and Shirley's collections we all gathered for a group photo. Many thanks to the Goldstroms for their fantastic hospitality.

Friday we all drove our cars to the Convention Center. We had special parking near the show and it was a great way for us to showcase our vehicles. At 4 p.m. we gathered back at the cars and many of us participated in the SEMA Cruise where the vehicles that have been on display at the show all get to drive by a huge crowd that had gathered to see the rollout take place. It was an honor to be invited to participate.

We had been invited to participate in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge with the 1940 Ford Road Tour coupe so on Saturday we headed to the track in nearby Pahrump. It was an exciting way to end the Sherm's Plating Tour and also our 2012 Road Tour season.

It was an amazing week on the Sherm's Custom Plating Tour. Many thanks to Gary, Dave, and Art from Sherm's for supporting the Road Tour as Official Chrome Plater and Tour Sponsor. Also a huge thank you to the entire SEMA organization for permitting us to attend the show. This was a Road Tour that will be talked about for a long time.

For expanded coverage of the Sherm's Custom Plating Tour, and for all the details of the 2013 Road Tours, go to www.streetrodder.com. We hope you can join us this summer.