2014 AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Road Tour Schedule
Street Rods Across America
From Aaronsburg to Zionsville, if there's a place in the United States that the STREET RODDER Road Tour has not traveled to, then it probably doesn't exist. And if you have never participated in one of our exciting on-the-road excursions, then you've been missing out on some real street rod fun.
This is the 19th year of the Road Tour, once again presented by AMSOIL INC. Jerry Dixey, the first and only tour leader, has been working to create eight amazing trips for 2014. The full list of sponsors, stops, and roadside sights is still being finalized, but we have dates, starting points, and destinations confirmed.
See the schedule below and start planning for the tour you'll be joining this year. Registration is as simple as visiting the Road Tour 2014 section of the STREET RODDER website at www.streetrodder.com or calling the Road Tour hotline at (800) 664-1362.
The Vintage Air Tour: June 7-15
Vintage Air, San Antonio, Texas, to the 50th L.A. Roadsters Show, Pomona, California
Jack Chisenhall and Rick Love from Vintage Air lead the tour to the golden anniversary edition of this Father's Day classic.
MSRA Back to the 50's Weekend Tour: June 13-22
The 50th L.A. Roadsters Show, Pomona, California, to Back to the 50's, St. Paul, Minnesota
This cross-country trek will include stops in Las Vegas and Speedway Motors in Lincoln, Nebraska, home of the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed.
The Aeromotive Tour: June 20-29
Back to the 50's, St. Paul, Minnesota, to the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals, Pueblo, Colorado
Along the way, the folks at Aeromotive will once again provide a big welcome for us at their Kansas City area facility.
The Eastwood Summer Classic Tour: July 18-26
The Syracuse Nationals, Syracuse, New York, to the Eastwood Summer Classic, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
We will spend a full day in the Massachusetts area visiting shops on our way to the Eastwood Summer Classic Car Show.
The www.Autopalooza.org Tour: August 9-16
A Week on Woodward Avenue, near Detroit, Michigan
Join us as we visit automotive shops and places of interest in the Detroit area, leading up to the world-famous Woodward Dream Cruise.
The Shades of the Past Tour: August 30-September 6
The 60th NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis, Indiana, to Shades of the Past, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
The big Labor Day race will kick off the tour from Indy to the popular Shades of the Past Rod Run.
Road Tour #7: September 5-14
Shades of the Past, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to the NSRA Nationals North Plus, Kalamazoo, Michigan
We will visit some great private car collections and street rod shops in the Ohio area on our way to K-Zoo.
The Sherm's Custom Plating Tour: October 31–November 8
Sherm's Custom Plating, Sacramento, California, to the SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
We'll make a return trip to the huge SEMA Show from a start in Sacramento, with a visit to Gene Winfield's shop along the way.
Starbird's Hall of Fame Honors New Inductees
Need another reason to travel to Oklahoma in February? Consider a trip to Tulsa where the 50th Anniversary Darryl Starbird's Rod & Custom Car Show, February 14-16, will be happening at the River Spirit Expo Fairgrounds. That weekend also marks the 19th Annual National Darryl Starbird's Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, February 14 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Midtown. Inductees for 2014 are pinstriper/designer Herb Martinez; collector Beau Boeckman; journalist Tom Vogele; builders Pat Keating, Harold Murphy, and Dave Shuten; and promoter Bob Larivee, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. These inductees, and several past inductees, will be meeting fans and signing autographs from 2 to 5 p.m., February 15 at the car show.
For more information about the Car Show or the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, call (918) 257-4234 or go to the Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum website at www.darrylstarbird.com.
Most Unique Speed Freaks
More than 50 different Speed Freaks sculptures have been created since the brand was introduced about 12 years ago by sculptor Terry Ross. Until recently, the Speed Freaks collection of wild and wacky cars and bikes has been mass produced in England.
Now Ross, Speed Freaks creator, has a new range of sculptures called Speed Freaks Originals. Like the others, they will be mass produced, but not until the spring of 2014. For the next few months, Speed Freaks collectors and enthusiasts can purchase one-offs direct from Ross' studio.
Four new limited-edition hot rod–related sculptures are currently available: Salt, Rat, Gofer, and Drag.
Each one is cast in a combination of bronze and marble resin, and uniquely hand-painted by Terry Ross. Once completed, each car is mounted on a hardwood base. All editions are signed by Ross and dated and numbered, and delivered with a signed certificate of authenticity. Best of all, each can be personalized to suit the customer. Imagine a salt-covered '32 roadster or a rusty rat rod painted any color you like, with your name or shop name hand lettered along the sides!
Prices for these unique and desirable special editions start at around £220 ($350 U.S.) plus the cost of shipping from the UK. This is a limited-time opportunity, so don't wait too long to order your handcrafted Speed Freaks creation. To find out more, visit speed-still.com then click on the Speed Freaks title on the menu bar.
Goodguys Awards a "Pretty Penny"
On a sun-soaked afternoon at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton California, this copper-colored '33 Ford roadster won the 2013 America's Most Beautiful Street Rod award. Nicknamed "Pretty Penny", the coach-built, full-fendered beauty is owned by Harold and Tracy Chapman from Andice, Texas.
The win capped off a big year for the roadster, which has been shown at all the nation's biggest events this season. It was a Painless Performance Products/STREET RODDER Top 100 winner at the Detroit Autorama in March and was a Top 5 finalist for numerous awards, including Goodguys Street Rod d'Elegance and Street Rod of the Year.
The roadster spent 10 years bouncing from shop to shop before Chapman scooped it up. At his in-house fab shop, Customs & Hot Rods of Andice, more than 100 parts and pieces were custom-machined in-house for the project. The underside features a boxed and dimpled frame, and one-off suspension parts. Evod Industries machined the dished, bronze-coated wheels designed by Jimmy Smith. A Roush 427 Ford with a custom-scooped TWN injection system and AFR heads is featured under the hood. The custom, wrap-around dash is filled with a flipped Studebaker gauge cluster. Jay Schuler made the bench seat and stitched the custom pleated leather.
Chapman finished the project in time to debut at the Grand National Roadster Show, where it was one of the favorites for America's Most Beautiful Roadster. Our favorite thing about the car? After a season of shows, Chapman was eager to test the car's limits by driving the '33 on the 2,000-mile Goodguys Texas Road Tour from Pleasanton to Fort Worth.
Roadster Shop Rides Earns Honors at SEMA
The SEMA Show isn't entirely about American iron, but classic American iron, including street rods and custom trucks make up a large percentage of the display vehicles at the event. The Roadster Shop has good reason to be proud that the most recent SEMA Show featured a large number of vehicles equipped with Roadster Shop components, and a few built at their facility in Mundelein, Illinois.
The Roadster Shop was involved with project vehicle buildups for General Motors, Craftsman, and Mr. Gasket, all of which debuted at the SEMA Show. The GM '14 Silverado "RSV" Race Support Vehicle, Craftsman Restoration Rollout '69 Chevy C10 pickup, and Mr. Gasket "Lime Crush" '66 Suburban each won at least one award at the Show. Congratulations Roadster Shop, and to all other builders who participated at SEMA.