The Speedway Motors Road Tour started off with a bang at the 44th annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus in Louisville, Kentucky. Next up our destination for the Speedway Tour was Speed Week at Bonneville.

Sunday afternoon the Speedway Motors Tour traveled from Louisville to St. Charles, Missouri. Monday morning we made a quick stop at the Man Cave store on historic Main Street in St. Charles. It was a 425-mile trip onto our destination of Lincoln, Nebraska, the home of our Road Tour sponsor Speedway Motors.

Tuesday morning it was a short drive to the huge Speedway Motors facility that is home to their retail store, the mammoth warehouse facility, and the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed. Our first stop was the retail store and warehouse. They have the mail-order business down to a science. The quality control and speed that gets every package out the door at such a rapid pace is incredible. Next we headed across the parking lot to the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed.

A lifelong labor of love for the Smith family of Speedway Motors fame, the collection is unequaled in the United States. The four floors contain race cars, hot rods, pedal cars, rare auto accessories, toys, and automobiles. After our tour we gathered in what is known as Bill’s Garage. (We shared a moment of silence to honor Joyce Smith and her contribution to the founding of The Smith Collection.)

By 1 p.m. we headed east on I-80 about 30 miles to the Strategic Air & Space Museum. The displays inside told the story of the Strategic Air Command and its role during the Cold War following World War II. Tuesday evening we were invited to a special car cruise put on in our honor by the Lincoln Rebels Auto Club. Thanks to everyone who helped organize the get-together and also to everyone who turned out to say "hi".

It was a 500-mile drive from Lincoln to Denver on Wednesday. Once we checked into our hotel it was a short drive to artist Darryl Mayabb’s studio, and to his and wife Sharon’s beautiful home at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Everyone enjoyed the tasty pizza and Darryl presented two of his signed PPG posters to everyone in the group. Darryl gave us a personal tour of the studio and we heard firsthand the stories behind many of his creations.

It was a great time at Darryl and Sharon’s home and studio. It was the type of evening that makes our AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Road Tours so special.

After our evening in Denver we were up early and heading over the Rocky Mountains on I-70. Once you come down out of the mountains, Grand Junction is the first city that you come to on I-70. Just past Grand Junction is the Utah state line and the wide-open vastness of that area.

From Grand Junction it was about one hour to our destination of East Carbon and famous customizer and car builder Bo Huff. Bo has greeted the Road Tour on a number of occasions and it is always a fun experience. Bo was a great host and was ready with soda, water, and snacks. It was a good time at Bo Huff’s collection and he invited us to stop back whenever we are in the area.

Friday about noon we arrived at the Salt Flats. We gathered for a group picture then headed east to our hotel in Salt Lake City.

Saturday morning we loaded into two passenger vans for the 100-mile drive to Wendover. It was the perfect way to spend the day as we were shuttled around the course. Many thanks to Road Tourians Scott McNair and Kathy and Cal Williams for the fantastic job with the tents and cold beverage that greeted us when we arrived at the Salt Flats.

It was a great week on the Speedway Motors Tour. While some folks headed home on Sunday many of us were ready to saddle up again on Monday morning to head back East on the Autopalooza.org Road Tour to Detroit and the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Go to the Road Tour section of streetrodder.com for expanded coverage of this and all of the tours. You will also find a 2014 Road Tour schedule available online.