2014 AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Road Tour Schedule
Eight for the Road
All eight 2014 AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Road Tours are ready for liftoff! All that's left to do is finalize the day-to-day itineraries of stops, shops, sites, and other roadside attractions that have made the Road Tour one of America's most amazing cross-country cruising events for 19 years in a row! All you have to do to be part of the fun is look at the schedule of eight summer-through-fall tours listed below and pick the one (or two or three) you'll be joining. Then let us know you'll be coming by registering on the Road Tour section of the STREET RODDER website or by calling Jerry Dixey at the Road Tour toll-free hotline, (800) 664-1362.
More sights and stops will be added soon. Look for updates here each month and on the website as they occur.
1. 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 this Father's Day classic. The tour will kick-off on Sunday, June 8, with a visit to the Alamo. We'll then head northwest with a stop at Hill's Hot Rods in Lubbock and visit the Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque on our way to Pomona.
2. The MSRA Back to the 50's Tour: June 13-22
The 50th L.A. Roadsters Show, Pomona, California, to Back to the 50's, St. Paul, Minnesota
Las Vegas will be our first night stop after leaving Pomona on Sunday, June 15. Our route will also include overnight stops in Colorado, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Highlights include Speedway Motors in Lincoln, Nebraska, home of the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed, Bowman Real Hot Rods, and the collection of Larry Olson in Brandon, South Dakota.
3. The Aeromotive Tour: June 20-29
Back to the 50's, St. Paul, Minnesota, to the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals, Pueblo, Colorado
The folks at Aeromotive will once again provide a big welcome for us at their Kansas City area facility. We head south after the Back to the 50's car show on Sunday. The big party at Aeromotive is on Monday evening. Tuesday we will roll west with plenty of stops on our way to Pueblo.
4. 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 day in Massachusetts visiting shops on our way to the Eastwood Summer Classic car show. Highlights along the way include shops in New York, plus Competition Specialties, Extreme Machine Unlimited, and Factory Five Racing, all in the Boston area.
5. The Autopalooza.org Tour: August 9-16
A Week on Woodward Avenue near Detroit, Michigan
The Detroit area has numerous automotive shops and places of interest for us to visit, leading up to the world-famous Woodward Dream Cruise. During the week we will see the Henry Ford Museum, the Gilmore Museum, and the Pratt and Miller facility, to name a few. We will also take part in the huge Back to the Bricks festivities in Flint.
6. 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
Indianapolis' famous Labor Day drag race will be the starting point for our tour from Indy to the popular Shades of the Past Rod Run. On Friday of Labor Day weekend we will be special guests in Auburn, Indiana, where we will be touring museums, auctions, and flea markets.
7. The Dynamat Tour: September 5-14
Shades of the Past, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to the NSRA Nationals North Plus, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Some great private car collections and street rod shops in the Ohio area will highlight our ride to Kalamazoo. We will be making stops in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Youngstown along the way. We'll also drop in on Flaming River's facility near Cleveland on our trip to Michigan.
8. The Sherm's Custom Plating Tour: October 31–November 8
Sherm's Custom Plating, Sacramento, California, to the SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
We're going back to SEMA! We'll start in Sacramento and head to Las Vegas for the huge SEMA Show. The fun begins with a stop at Sherm's Custom Plating and Flowmaster's huge manufacturing facilities. We'll see Gene Winfield's shop as well as some private collections and more along the way to Las Vegas and the largest auto industry show on the planet.
Rutter's on the Move
Rutter's Rod Shop has shown its success by all the extraordinary street rods, classics, customs, and muscle cars they've built, and by the necessity and ability to move to bigger and better locations. A few years after starting in 1998, Rutter's moved from a 2,000-square-foot building to a site twice as big. In 2008, the shop relocated to an even bigger shop. Late last year, Bob and Patt Rutlidge and their team moved to their newest facility at 4947 S. NC 127 Hwy., in Hickory, North Carolina, just around the corner from their previous location. The new 7,000-square-foot building offers more shop area, a complete body and paint shop, and a larger, more complete parts showroom for popular hot rod parts. Rutter's Rod Shop has also updated and improved its website. Check it out at www.ruttersrodshop.com.
Bolt-In IFS for Buicks and Olds
Early '60s cars are getting lots of attention from hot rodders. In response to an increasing number of requests, the new Fatman Fabrications IFS bolt-in kit—we told you about it in Window Shopper in the Mar. '14 issue—is available for '61-63 Buick Special and '61-63 Oldsmobile F-85 applications. Fatman Fabrications is working on additional applications all the time. Check the Fatman website (www.fatmanfab.com) to stay up to date on the latest products.
Life Imitates Art
If STREET RODDER has one goal, it is to inspire you to build, drive, and enjoy cool cars. That's why we were excited to find out that Jeff Norwell's Quick On The Draw illustration from the Nov. '13 issue has inspired one of Jeff's friends to build a '64 Mercury Marauder following that drawing and description. We're eager to see this cool fullsize cruiser move from our pages to the pavement.