There are some Road Tours that have a regular participant following year after year. While we do not always go to the same place every year, the Sherm's Custom Plating Tour is always in the fall and it always begins or ends in the Northern California area due to Sherm's location in Sacramento. The tour has become one of the largest of the season and it definitely has a regular following. The Sherm's Custom Plating Road Tourians are a loyal group.
The 2013 edition of the Sherm's Custom Plating Tour began in Sacramento with a lunch stop on Friday at the headquarters of Flowmaster. The food was great and the tour of the facility was very interesting. It was then on to the Sherm's Custom Plating facility where we all got a real education about the chrome plating process. There is a lot that goes into making things shiny. All the participants received a Sherm's Custom Plating T-shirt.
On Saturday we visited with car customizing legend Dick Bertolucci at his Sacramento shop.
Saturday we began our day at the shop of custom car legend Dick Bertolucci. Dick has been involved in custom paint- and bodywork since the late '40s and he still enjoys talking about the early days of the custom scene in Northern California. We all enjoyed seeing some of the vehicles he still has in his collection.
After a quick stop at Tognotti's Auto World store we all headed to the private shop and collection of Sherm's President Gary Matranga. Gary has a fantastic stable of cars and motorcycles. We all enjoyed seeing the vehicles and appreciated the great meal that Gary provided for everyone.
Sunday we headed to the Napa Valley area and on to the home and studio of artist Michael Cooper. Michael is a definite car guy who produces some amazing pieces of art using exotic wood and a vivid imagination.
Sunday afternoon we were guests at the home of Glenda and Steve Castelli just north of Santa Rosa. Steve's collections of gas station memorabilia, riding toys, and vehicles are legendary. After our tour through his collections we were treated to a delicious meal prepared by the Windsor High School culinary class. It was an amazing Sunday on the Sherm's Tour.
Heading south on Monday morning we made a brief stop in Sausalito for lunch then on to Richmond and the private collection of Al Engel. Al's huge collection of vehicles has outgrown his current building and he has plans to expand the facility in the near future. From Al's we traveled on to Oakland and Moal's Coachbuilder facility. Owner Steve Moal took time to show us the projects that the Moal team currently has under construction.
Canepa Motorsport Museum is located just inland from Santa Cruz, CA. The collection of veh
Tuesday we crossed over San Francisco Bay and visited Roy Brizio Street Rods. Roy and his crew are always great hosts for a visit and Sherm's Custom Plating picked up the tab for some very good pizza. Continuing south we visited Bruce Canepa Design and Museum. Bruce has an amazing array of vehicles on display and specializes in exotic sports cars. The shop area is equipped to do full restorations on all types of collector vehicles. We spent Tuesday evening in beautiful Pacific Grove near Monterey.
Wednesday morning we drove south on the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway through Big Sur and on to the ocean-side town of Cambria. Our destination for the afternoon was Hearst Castle. The Hearst Castle and surrounding grounds are almost indescribable in their beauty and vastness. There are a number of different tours available of the home and the grounds. Many of the Road Tourians took more than one of the tours and came away in awe of the splendor of the Hearst Castle. We all enjoyed the sunset over the ocean from our beach-front accommodations.
Thursday morning we headed east toward Bakersfield. The NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion has been a destination for the Sherm's Tour on a number of previous occasions. The event is held at the historic Auto Club Famoso Raceway about 15 miles north of Bakersfield. Rose Dickerson and the crew from the NHRA Wally Parks Museum do a fantastic job of coordinating the event every year. Again this year we had a great spot for the AMSOIL/STREET RODDER hospitality tent and we were all able to park together.
It was a great weekend at the California Hot Rod Reunion. This marked the 21st year for the event and it has become one of the premier hot rod happenings on the West Coast. The quality and number of vintage race cars participating is staggering. Starting on Friday morning the racing continued all weekend with the popular Saturday evening cacklefest as one of the highlights. The car show in the spectator parking lots rivals the show on the track with folks coming from California and beyond to attend.
The Sherm's Custom Plating Road Tour again proved to be another amazing week with folks having fun with their cars. We saw some amazing car collections and shops along the way. It is no wonder that so many folks have the Sherm's Custom Plating Road Tour on their schedule every year. Mark your calendar and join in the fun in 2014 as the Sherm's Tour makes a repeat trip to Las Vegas and the SEMA Show in November.
Sherm’s Custom Plating is again the Official Plating and Polishing Company of the Road Tou
Art Holman took us on a tour of the Sherm’s Custom Plating facilities. Art, along with par
Tognotti’s Auto World is a fixture in Sacramento and they greeted the Road Tourians at the
Saturday evening we were guests at a party organized by Sherm’s President Gary Matranga at
Artist Michael Cooper and his wife, Gayle, welcomed us to their home in Sebastopol, CA, on
Sunday afternoon we visited Steve Castelli and his wife, Glenda, at their beautiful home n
A visitor to Moal Coachbuilders never knows what project will be under construction. This
Roy Brizio and the crew at Brizio’s Street Rods in South San Francisco build cars that are
The NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion brings together vintage drag racing fans and equipment
It was a great week on the Sherm’s Custom Plating Road Tour. We all gathered on Friday at
On the drive from Cambria to Bakersfield on Route 46 we passed the James Dean memorial loc
Walter Wagner was one of the many Canadian rodders who joined us on the Sherm’s Tour. Walt