The Sherm's Custom Plating Tour from L.A. turned out to be one of those special tours that everyone who was along for the drive will be talking about it for a long time. The largest AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Road Tour in history got a great start in sunny Southern California. With 100 registered vehicles it was destined to be a huge freight train of street rods headed for the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Activities got started at the Nethercutt Collection and Museum in Sylmar, California, as folks gathered to get their credentials, itineraries for the week, goody bags, and road tour hats. About 70 of the 100 registered vehicles arrived at noon and filled the parking lot with some great-looking cars. The two-hour tour at the Nethercutt Collection was breathtaking.
Next up was a visit to Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) in Van Nuys. GAS is part of the Galpin family of auto dealerships, including the largest Ford dealership on the planet. We were greeted by Dave Shuten who heads up the custom vehicle collection for GAS. The vehicles on display include the largest group of Ed Roth vehicles anywhere, tools from Von Dutch's shop, and some very rare Mustangs. Pasta and salads were enjoyed by everyone. We also took a short walk to see Dave's workshop and saw some projects that are in the works. It was a great wrapup to a great first day on the Sherm's Custom Plating Tour.
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is always a destination for any rodder visiting So
With more folks joining in on Friday our group had grown to about 80 vehicles. After our morning get-together it was off to the Wally Parks NHRA Museum in Pomona. The hour drive went smoothly with little traffic by L.A. standards. The museum holds so many treasures from our hot rodding past that we were busy for two hours seeing the cars and memorabilia on display. There was a fantastic special exhibit tracing the history and contributions of hot rodding pioneer Dean Moon. Rose Dickinson from the museum staff had arranged for a food vendor in the parking lot and we had a picnic lunch. By 2 p.m. it was time to get back to Burbank.
After some time to relax in the afternoon we made our way to Troy Ladd's Hollywood Hot Rods shop just three blocks away from our hotel. Troy and crew had built our beautiful 1940 Ford coupe and it was on display. It was headed to the SEMA Show to appear in the Ford booth all week. It is a huge honor to be asked by Ford to be part of their display at SEMA.
It would be difficult to put together a better day than we had on Saturday. Our day started with a quick drive from our hotel in Burbank to the Petersen Automobile Museum. Our route took us through Hollywood and down Wilshire Boulevard to the museum. Originally funded by Robert Petersen of Petersen Publishing, the museum tells the story of automobiles in American life with an emphasis on hot rods, custom, and performance vehicles. The three floors contain displays that cover many aspects of our car culture society. After our museum visit many of us grabbed a burger and fries at the Johnny Rockets restaurant attached to the museum.
From the Petersen Museum it was a 40-minute drive to the Signal Hill shop of Hot Rods & Hobbies. Owner Scott Bonowski and his talented crew did the paintwork on our 1940 Ford coupe. The copper color and the quality of the job were the most complemented features of the car. The facility at Hot Rods & Hobbies is truly state of the art and when we visited it was filled with projects.
The cars and collectibles on display at Surf City Garage kept us looking for hours. The co
It was then a short drive to Huntington Beach and the headquarters of Surf City Garage. We spent time seeing one of the finest car and automobilia collections in the country. From muscle cars of the '60s and '70s to classic Harley-Davidson motorcycles and vintage neon signs, the Surf City Garage collection was amazing.
On Sunday morning it was a short drive to the Million Dollar Breakfast Cruise in Tustin. This event takes place the first and last Sunday of each month. We arrived with our group of vehicles and found a special parking area waiting for us at the Enderle Center where the cruise is held. It was a fun morning in Tustin.
Our destination for the afternoon was the Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad near San Diego. The museum contains an amazing number of miniatures custom-made by some very talented craftsmen. It is a fantastic display of miniature engineering at the Craftsmanship Museum and well worth a visit.
The drive down out of the mountains from Jim Sheridan’s took about an hour to get to the d
Monday the Sherm's Custom Plating Road Tour started with an early drivers' meeting. It was going to be a long day as we traveled from Escondido to Phoenix. Our journey took us up into the mountains east of Escondido. Hot rodder Jim Sheridan had invited us to his home in Julian for a real ranch breakfast. Jim, his wife, Jan, and some friends were ready when we arrived. Breakfast for 125 people was enjoyed by all.
The next six hours took us down the mountain and east on I-8 and then on I-10 into Phoenix. After checking in at the hotel we all headed to Hot Rods by Dean. Dean Livermore had invited us to visit his shop and enjoy some sandwiches. Dean's shop is filled with projects in various states of assembly. They are a full-service hot rod shop and equipped for complete paintjobs and vehicle assembly. The team at Dean's built our 2005 Road Tour 1936 Ford and will be building our 2014 car. It was a good evening at Hot Rods by Dean.
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.
Dick Raczuk, owner of Koul Tool, and his wife Claudette invited us to stop by their award-
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.
We were special guests of Art and Shirley Goldstrom on Thursday in Las Vegas. Art has a hu
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.
The Galpin Auto Sports collection includes some wild show cars from the 1960s. The Ice Tru
Inside the museum visitors find vehicles and artifacts that tell the history of hot roddin
Friday evening we were special guests at an open house at Troy Ladd’s Hollywood Hot Rods.
We were greeted at Hot Rods by Dean by owner Dean Livermore and his crew. Dean gave us som
Doug Walker (passenger door) and son Bruce (front) had just completed a redo of Doug’s 194
On Wednesday morning we also stopped by Havasu Speed Equipment. Owned by Dan Van Auken, Ha
The exhibit halls at the SEMA Show were packed as is the case every year in Las Vegas. Whi
It was quite an honor to have Ford Motor Company invite us to display the Road Tour 1940 F
Our week ended on the racetrack at Spring Mountain in Pahrump near Las Vegas. We had been
Hot Rods & Hobbies in Signal Hill, CA, is a fantastic body, paint, and fabrication sho
The Petersen Automotive Museum has a wide range of vehicles on display. The Bruce Meyer Ga
The Million Dollar Breakfast Cruise takes place the first and last Sunday of each month in