If you’ve been following the Street Rodder Road Tour car, you may have seen a 1951 Ford rolling around various parts of the country. The driver is none other than Jerry Dixey and we have been following Dixey since the start of the Street Rodder Road Tour on June 23rd and we have had an opportunity to see some great places along the way. In an effort to show you what you may have missed, we caught up with Dixey who gave us his favorite 5 moments on the Vintage Air Tour. Follow along below:
The Kickoff Party at Vintage Air in San Antonio, Texas
The Vintage Air Tour has got to be the most popular weeks of the series. We decided to have a kick-off party over at Vintage Air.
“It is always fun to see friends that have traveled with us on previous tours and meet the folks that are joining us for the first time,” Dixey said.
We were able to get a good look at what was inside the Vintage Air Facility as well and a new coil manufacturing area has been set up.
More From The Kickoff Party HERE:
• A Hot Start To The Vintage Road Tour
The Shops We Visited Along the Way
Vintage Air isn’t the only place we went; we also visited Mike Goldman Customs, Birmingham and Barber Motorsport, Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop, Coker Tire, and Honest Charley’s.
“With visits at Hot Rods of Andice, Mike Goldman’s Customs, Alan Johnson Hot Rods and Honest Charley’s Garage we got to see some of the great builders and fabricators that are doing amazing work on hot rods,” said Dixey.
The 1951 Ford was unveiled at Honest Charley earlier this summer and you can catch a 30-minute time lapse of it above.
Here are some of the shops we visited:
• A Visit To Customs and Hot Rods Of Andice
• Mike Goldman Customs Meridian Mississippi
• Birmingham and Barber Motorsports
• An Evening At Johnson Hot Rod Shop
• Coker Tire and Honest Charleys
The History Lessons
The Road Tour is full of stops to various museums across the country. The amount of history you get to witness is incredible. On the Vintage Air Tour we visited the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco, Texas, The Global Power Museum, and the Vicksburg National Military Park.
“Rick Love, Vice President of Vintage Air, always includes some history lessons in our travels. The National Monument at Vicksburg made us realize how tragic the Civil War was and the story of the people who fought in those battles,” Dixey explained.
You can visit all of the Museums we went to by checking out the links below:
• The Dr. Pepper Museum In Waco
• The Global Power Museum
Ben Wheeler, Texas
This had to be one of the most interesting places we visited. The town and almost all the buildings in it were purchased by Brooks and Reese Gremmels. Their goal was to revive the spirit of the 1930’s within the town to bring some life back into it.
“The story of Ben Wheeler, Texas and how it went from an old Texas ghost town to a vibrant artists and craftsman community is an amazing lesson in the power of an individual that believes in something to make it happen,” said Dixey.
The Gremmels’ vision will live on for future generations to come and you can view this story HERE:
• The Amazing Town Of Ben Wheeler, Texas
The Shades of the Past Event
We ended the tour at the 31st Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup which featured a lot of quality cars. If you were new to this event, your eyes would not be disappointed. There was a raffle giveaway in which one gentleman walked away with $25,000 in cash and a 1932 Ford roadster was being given away as well.
“The Hot Rod Round-up presented by the Shades of the Past Car Club has become one of the premier events in the country and the quality of the vehicles that attend is amazing,” Dixey explained.
You can view the whole Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup HERE:
• 31st Shades Of The Past Roundup
Well folks, that wraps up Jerry’s Top 5 moments on the Vintage Air Tour Leg. For more information on the road tour check out the homepage for updates or the Street Rodder Road Tour site HERE. Also be sure to check the Street Rodder Facebook page for features, tech, news, and road tour updates.