And They’re Off!
2013 AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Road Tour
The AMSOIL/STREET RODDER 2013 Road Tour is officially underway. Jerry Dixey and his band of cross-country cruisers hit the highway this month on the first of eight fantastic trips through America. You might still have time to make the Aeromotive Road Tour, which starts June 13. If not, there’s still time to register for the Eastwood Summer Classic Road Tour. See the schedule below, then go to streetrodder.com or call the Road Tour Hotline at (800) 664-1362 to join the fun.
June 13-23 Aeromotive Road Tour
NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to MSRA Back to the 50’s Weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota
July 12-21 Eastwood Summer Classic Road Tour
Eastwood Summer Classic in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, to Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse, New York
We kick off the Eastwood Summer Classic Tour with a weekend of fun and excitement in the Pottstown, Pennsylvania, area. We will participate in the cruise at the local Sonic on Thursday, July 11. On Friday, we’ll visit Pennsylvania Dutch country, followed by a tour of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. That evening, we’ll get a special tour of the Eastwood facilities. Saturday is the huge Eastwood Summer Classic Car Show from 10 to 3. Blast from the Past Street Rod Shop will welcome us in the evening. Two of our Sunday stops are the Simeone Automotive Museum and historic Valley Forge. We’re off to Port Jervis, New York, on Monday, where we’ll be special guests of Cruisin’ Port in the evening. On Tuesday, we’ll drive to the museum at the Woodstock Music Festival site, then the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. On Wednesday, it’s off to the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich, New York, and then to Watkins Glen International Raceway to see some racing. We’ll enjoy dinner along the Wine Trail near the Finger Lakes. We’ll arrive at the huge Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse, New York, on Thursday. It is always a great weekend at this event.
In addition to sponsoring the Eastwood Summer Classic Road Tour, Eastwood is giving away free tools. Eastwood Summer Classic Tool Giveaway, your opportunity to win $1,000 worth of Eastwood tools, is taking place all season long. The contest is open to the public. Enter before October 20 at any of the 2013 Road Tours, or online at eastwood.com/toolgiveaway.
August 1-11 Speedway Motors Road Tour
NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus in Louisville, Kentucky, to Bonneville Speed Week in Wendover, Utah
August 11-17 Autopalooza.org Road Tour
Bonneville Speed Week in Wendover, Utah, to Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan
The VINTAGE AIR Triple Crown Challenge:
Three back-to-back-to-back Tours that will test both vehicles and participants
- September 1-8 Vintage Air Road Tour
Vintage Air in San Antonio, Texas, to Shades of the Past in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
- September 8-15 Shades of the Past Road Tour
Shades of the Past in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to NSRA Nationals North in Kalamazoo, Michigan
- September 15-22 Easy Street Speed and Kustom Road Tour
NSRA Nationals North Plus in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Charlotte Auto Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina
October 12-20 Sherm’s Custom Plating Road Tour
Sherm’s Custom Plating headquarters in Sacramento, California, to NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, California
Thanks to Classic Instruments’ NSRA Appreciation Day, the Boyne City PD has increased its
Classic Instruments is making plans for its annual NSRA Appreciation Day event. The car show and open house will be held on Saturday, August 10, at the Classic Instruments manufacturing facility in Boyne City, Michigan. In addition to the street rods, entertainment, and prizes that make the event so much fun, NSRA Appreciation Day is a fund raiser to benefit the Boyne City Police Department.
Last year, direct donations (including a contribution from the Southern Michigan Street Rod Association) and a raffle of aftermarket automotive items, generated more than $1,300, enough to pay for a fully equipped officer patrol bicycle for the Boyne City Bike Patrol. This year, they hope to surpass that amount to raise money for an additional police bicycle for Boyne City. To find out more, contact the Classic Instruments team at (800) 575-0461.
Quick and Cool
Earlier this year, Run to the Coast drew performance cars from all over the United States to Irvine, California, for two days of autocross, speedstop challenge, and road course competition. The American Street Car Series event was dominated by race-prepped muscle cars, but Landis Chisenhall’s ’36 coupe was one of the “oldies” that raised a few eyebrows. The 520 rear-wheel horsepower LS3-powered coupe—with a C-5 rear transaxle and suspension and Solstice front suspension—was built as close to 3,300 pounds as possible with 45/55 front/rear weight distribution and an integrated chromoly cage.
Jack, Landis’ father and owner of Vintage Air, said the ’36 was built with two goals “We wanted it to be cool and safe on the road, and comfortable on a road course.” “We drove it 7,000 miles last summer, so finishing 12th quickest for the weekend on the road course [in a 70-plus field], with the Vintage Air Front Runner front drive system in place and the Generation IV A/C system running the whole time, verified the success of our second goal. Mark Stielow ran some quick times and helped us look good.”
The ’36 will be back on the road in September when the Vintage Air Road Tour travels from Texas to Tennessee.
Hot Rods By Dean Expands
Hot Rods By Dean has recently purchased CCM Rod Shop, manufacturer of custom machined and designed aluminum parts and accessories for hot rods, customs, and newer performance cars and trucks. The Phoenix-based rod shop (builders of several STREET RODDER vehicles) has used dash bezels, battery trays, panels, and other products from CCM on project vehicles and had been a dealer for years before having the opportunity to make CCM a part of Hot Rods By Dean. CCM products are now available through HRBD. To buy products for your own project vehicle, or to see what’s in the works at Hot Rods By Dean, visit the website at
Hot Rod History Lives
Don Kleine’s ’31 Model A roadster, powered by a Hilborn-injected Hemi, made its magazine d
Hot Rod Magazine marked its 65th anniversary (1948-2013) with a celebration at the Los Angeles Fairplex in Pomona, California. The Hot Rod Homecoming was the largest gathering of historic Hot Rod magazine feature cars and cover cars ever. In addition to magazine feature cars filling several Fairplex buildings, hundreds of enthusiasts participated in the Show Car Alley outdoor car show. For spectators, it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see many historic car together. For most people, many of these historic rods had not been seen in years, even decades. In many cases, the display cars had never been seen outside the pages of the magazine.
W is for Winners
Participants at the Right Coast Association’s 2013 Syracuse Nationals in July (including Road Tour members) will witness the winner of The Winfield Award, presented by Meguiar’s Car Care Products and selected by famous customizer Gene Winfield. The prizewinner will be a ’37 or newer modified car chosen from the Select Six finalists. The finalists were previously determined from hundreds of online entries submitted to the Right Coast Cars website (rightcoastcars.com). This year Meguiar’s has increased the total award money to $15,000. The winner will receive a custom trophy and $10,000. The remaining five finalists will each receive an award and $1,000.
Gene Winfield will be in Syracuse to personally pick the winner. Craftsmanship is the key element in deciding the winner, according to Winfield. “It’s not all about the money put into the vehicle. It’s the care, creativity, and craftsmanship that sets the winner apart from the others.”