Jerry Dixey Honored By NSRA

Each year the National Street Rod Association presents the NSRA Street Rodding Achievement Award to an individual whose accomplishments have had a significant impact within the hobby.

This years recipient has spent the last 17 years promoting the thrill of driving street rods by driving to every corner of the United States (and a couple corners of Canada), attending rodding events, visiting sites, and logging more than 375,000 miles of open road. And hes been accompanied by thousands of enthusiastic STREET RODDER readers eager to share the thrill.

Jerry Dixey and his wife, Mary Ann, operate Classic Automobilia in Youngstown, Ohio. Dixey came up with the idea for the STREET RODDER Road Tour in late 1994 and has been the sole leader of the STREET RODDER Road Tour since 1995. In that time, he has driven 17 different street rods, each of them purpose built for the trip by prominent builders using aftermarket parts. In 17 years, there has not been a single major mishap or malfunction due to construction, craftsmanship, or major parts failure.

The STREET RODDER Road Tours continue to be a hit with enthusiasts. In October of last year, Dixey led 100 Road Tourians to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas as part of the final leg of the 2012 AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Road Tour. Dixey received the NSRA Street Rodding Achievement Award at the SEMA Show.

Goodguys Hot Rod of the Year

Tom Gloy made a career out of sitting low and driving fast. In his 25-year racing career, Gloy collected a Trans Am World Championship and a Formula Atlantic title. He drove in six Indy Car races. In 2012 he returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and found himself in the winners circle once again. Gloys 32 Ford roadster won the Goodguys 2012 Tanks Hot Rod of the Year award at the Goodguys Speedway Nationals. The low-flying roadster was built by Brizio Street Rods. Gloy wanted a channeled 32 Ford roadster. The challenge for Brizio and his team was to create a channeled, traditionally styled roadster in which Gloy could sit low and drive fast. The cowl, grille, and windshield were narrowed, and the floorboards were radically loweredmore so than any other Brizio-built hot rodto get Gloy low in the seat. The 302-inch, Hilborn EFI Ford crate motor and TREMEC five-speed get the roadster up to speed in a hurry. Darryl Hollenbeck of Vintage Color Studio perfected the cars mid-50s Porsche blue finish, which perfectly contrasts the red leather interior stitched by Sid Chavers.

When the roadster was finished, Gloy strapped himself in and drove more than 2,000 miles from his home in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, to Indy, with a victorious result.

How Safe is Your Street Rod?

Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the National Street Rod Associations Safety Program remains the only 23-point safety inspection available to all its members at no charge. A dedicated team of more than 700 volunteer inspectors nationwide makes this a truly unique program. In 2012 these dedicated rodders inspected more than 14,000 vehicles, bringing the total number of vehicles inspected over the life of the program to more than 250,000.

Inspection stations are set up at numerous NSRA national events. In order to qualify for an NSRA Vehicle Safety Inspection Certification Sticker, vehicles must pass a 16-point inspection. In addition to the 16 safety items required to pass, the Safety Program has seven recommended items. These items are not required to pass inspection, but will earn you a Safety 23 pin. The NSRA Safety Division also inspects for four optional items highly recommended for a safe street rod.

The inspections are entirely voluntary and entirely free. The inspectors are there to help not penalize and there is no penalty for not passing. There is a huge benefit to undergoing an inspection and identifying areas for improving your vehicles safety.

The Safety Program is so highly regarded that several states have used it as a model for their own DMV street rod registration programs.

More info on the NSRA Safety Program, including a list of the required and recommended safety components, is available at www.nsra-usa.com/members/vehicle-safety-inspection.

SEMA Hall of Famer Bob Larivee Sr.

Bob Larivee was recently inducted into the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Associations (SEMA) Hall of Fame. Larivee, a major figure in turning a backyard hobby into a multi-million dollar industry, has been promoting car shows and hot rods since he first came on the Detroit scene in the early 50s. He helped create the Detroit Autorama 60 years ago and has been instrumental in the shows enduring success. In 1963, he formed the International Show Car Association (ISCA). His company, Promotions Inc., was producing 100 shows a year at its height. In addition, Larivee has owned some of the most famous custom cars in the world, from the Red Baron to the Aluma Coupe. He takes his seat in the SEMA Hall of Fame alongside such other hot rod greats as Vic Edelbrock Sr., Ed Iskenderian, and Wally Parks.

Hurst Story History

For more than half a century, Hurst shifters have been a popular performance component in hot rods and factory muscle cars. The story of how George Hurst turned his love of hot rods into one of the most recognized products in the automotive aftermarket has been researched and written in a new limited-edition book. Hurst Equipped: More than 50 Years of High Performance by Mark Fletcher and Richard Truesdell, presents the full story of George Hurst, the shifters and performance parts that bear his name, and the race cars and production vehicles that helped make the Hurst shifter a high-performance icon.

Each of the 500 limited-edition commemorative copies features a leatherette-bound cover with gold foil logos and is numbered, but its the history inside that makes the book a valuable collectors piece.

Hurst Equipped sells for $49.95 and is available while supplies last from Flowmaster (part of the B&M Group of companies, which include Hurst shifters). Order your copy online at www.hurst-shifters.com or call (707) 544-4761.

Legacy License Plates Available in California

We frequently complain about too many laws, but heres one we like. Under a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown, the California DMV is creating and issuing a series of specialized license plates that replicate plates from the states past.

Restored year-of-manufacture plates are legal on many vehicles in the state, but under the California Legacy License Plate Program, classic car owners can now acquire brand-new tags that look like YOM plates. Three classic designs are currently offered: black lettering on a yellow background (50s and 60s), yellow lettering on a black background (50s and 60s), and yellow lettering on a blue background (70s and 80s).

The law requires that at least 7,500 applications for any one particular plate be received by the DMV on or before January 1, 2015. Wed like to see additional states introduce this program for enthusiasts.