June 18, 2006

I have been very fortunate over the last decade to attend hundreds of street rod events and car shows around the country. Since 1996 I have attended 110 consecutive NSRA events and enjoyed every one. I have been lucky enough to get to all the major indoor shows from Cobo Hall in Detroit to the 50th Grand National Roadster Show a few years ago. For one reason or another I have never been to the L.A. Roadsters' Father's Day Show. My schedule usually had me somewhere in the Midwest.

I just spent the weekend in Pomona at the Roadster Show and I will never miss another one. There is a certain type of energy at this event like no other that comes from combining over 800 roadsters with folks from all over the country who have made the trip to see what the buzz is all about. In short, it is the place to be on Father's Day.

After our road trip from San Antonio, the group on Tour #2 had a full weekend of activities. Friday morning we took a tour of the NHRA Museum and their fantastic collection of vehicles and memorabilia. From there we made the short trip to a great Mexican restaurant just down the street from the headquarters of SO-CAL Speed Shop. By mid-afternoon the streets in front of and around SO-CAL's facilities were packed with folks attending their famed open house before the Roadster Show.

Things were rolling at the Pomona Fairplex by early Saturday morning. The L.A. Roadsters set aside a special parking area for all of us on the Road Tour and we spent the day checking out all there was to see and do. On Saturday night some of our group went to Irwindale Speedway for a night of circle track racing. Sunday it was back out at the fairgrounds for another day of Father's Day fun.

It was a great week on the road capped by a great weekend in L.A. Friendships were made and everybody enjoyed more than a few laughs. My thanks go out to Rick Love, George Packard, Jack Chisenhall, and all the folks at Vintage Air. Their hard work and attention to detail made the week go very smoothly.

For some folks, Sunday was a day to head back home. For others it was the halfway point of two weeks of Road Tour fun. Tomorrow morning about 40 of us head out on Road Tour #3. Our destination is Pueblo, Colorado and the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals. Our trip will take us to Las Vegas, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Grand Junction, and across the Rocky Mountains to Colorado.

Stay tuned to the 2006 Street Rodder Road Tour blog for the latest updates. As they say, what happens in Vegas goes right on the Internet!!

Jerry Dixey