Between The Tours

The general consensus is that I have the best job in the world. When this point is brought up to me, I usually try to explain how much work is involved in planning the tours and then all the responsibilities that go with it. I am typically met with very little sympathy, and I must admit that it is a pretty incredible way to spend the summer. One of the many bonuses I enjoy is that I have a very cool street rod to drive all summer, even when I am off the road.

Though I am usually away from my home in Youngstown, Ohio, when I am in town, I try to stop in at some of the local cruises and see my local street rod friends. It gives them a chance to see this year's car, and it gives me a chance to again hear what a great job I have. For many years, the local Friday night cruise spot has been the A&W in Boardman. I dropped by after my long trip to the Roadster Show, and everyone was impressed with this year's Coddington-built Outlaw bodied '34 Chevy. It was a nice summer evening, and I was able to see some old friends.

Over the Fourth of July holiday I went to nearby New Castle, Pennsylvania, and attended the Back to the '50s Weekend event, which celebrated its 20th anniversary. My good friend Chuck Lombardo of California Street Rods puts on this run. Chuck grew up in New Castle and comes home every summer to organize this 1,300-car event.

I was invited to show the coupe at the Grand Opening of the newest Quaker Steak and Lube in Austintown, just around the corner from where I live. This growing chain is becoming well-known for its hot wings and cold beverages. The automotive theme is carried throughout the entire restaurant, and the neon is spectacular at night.

I am heading to Detroit tomorrow to have the coupe on display at the GM Performance Parts employee car show in Flint, Michigan. GM Performance is one of the Road Tour's biggest supporters and the Ramjet 350 motor has been getting me down the road for 9,000 trouble-free miles so far this summer. From Flint, I will make the short drive south to Detroit to attend one of the wildest spectacles in our hobby--the Woodward Dream Cruise. Combine one million people and thousands and thousands of collector and special interest cars on 15 miles of one of the most famous cruising areas in America, and it is an automotive three-ring circus. Check back here and I will give you a full report.

At the Nationals a few weeks ago, we had a reunion of sorts with some of the folks who have traveled with me over the first four tours. On Saturday morning, we got together for a group photo and Street Rodder's Eric Geisert was there to capture the Kodak moment.

Stay tuned to this site for an update on the fun in Detroit and all the preparations for Road Tours #5 & #6, as we travel from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and the Shades of the Past event, to the NSRA Nationals North. Then it is going to be a beautiful drive as Tour #6 wraps up the season and we travel from Los Angeles to Sacramento on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Jerry