Tour #4 Continues on to the Nationals

It was rise and shine on Tuesday morning, the second day of Road Tour #4. After the open house at Brookville Roadsters the night before, we stayed the night in Brookville, Ohio before heading on to Indianapolis. A few of us got up a bit earlier than the rest and ran back over to the shop to see "Big Burtha" and the other machines in action. Seeing a piece of equipment exert 600 tons of pressure is a pretty amazing sight.

As we headed west on I-70 it turned into another hot day. The trip from Brookville to the Indy Speedway Museum took about 90 minutes. It is a very cool sight to drive into the tunnel and come out in the infield of the most famous racetrack in the world. In front of us was the Speedway Museum and all around us were activities in anticipation of the Brickyard 400, which was being run on Sunday. The museum is a great place to visit. We spent about an hour and a half inside. Another highlight of the visit was when several of us took a bus trip around the track. It was a fun two hours on hallowed ground.

From Indy we headed south and stopped for lunch at a Steak and Shake just outside town. We spent the next three hours traveling on some of the most beautiful country roads southern Indiana has to offer.

Our final stop of the day was Jasper, Indiana. Our hosts for the evening were the fine folks at Air Ride Technologies. Owner Bret Voelkel and crew really showed us some southern hospitality, Indiana style. After a great meal Bret gave us an up close and personal tour of their facility. It was a very informative and interesting evening with folks who know their product and their market.

On Wednesday morning it was time to get to the Nationals. We were only about 90 miles away so we had time to take in one of Louisville's most famous attractions beforehand, the Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory. The tour takes about an hour and is very interesting. The Tour #4 group surprised me with a personalized baseball bat. It will be a great remembrance of a fun trip with a great group of folks. After lunch we headed to the fairgrounds and registration. Our PPG/Street Rodder Road Tour #4 was wrapping up but the NSRA Street Rod Nationals were just getting started.

Check back here for news and notes about Tours #5 and #6. For those who couldn't make the tour this year think about coming along for the ride next year. I guarantee you will have a fun time with great folks and their cars.

Jerry Dixey