The CW Moss Tour left the CW Moss showroom in Orange, California on Monday morning after the LA Roadster's Show. The response to this Tour had been fantastic with 43 cars registered to participate. The trip to the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals in Pueblo takes us through some of the most beautiful areas in the Southwest.
On our route Monday morning we headed east on I-10. After the Palm Springs area a long climb begins just past Indio. It is a 20 mile uphill run to the top of Chiriaco Summit. The Motor City Flathead motor didn't miss a beat and we reached the top with the temperature gauge reading just at 200. From the top of the hill it is down to the desert floor and temperatures hovering at 110 degrees. We then crossed over the Colorado River at Blyth and into Arizona. After a gas stop and quick lunch we continued on toward our evening's destination of Prescott, Arizona a beautiful city in the mountains. As we approached the Prescott area we had a few more climbs to get to the 5,500 foot level. By 5pm we all made it into Prescott and headed to an evening party at Bitchin' Products.
Owner Ron Wheeler had relocated Bitchin' Products to Prescott from Southern California about 6 years again. Their facility was built from the ground up with quality and efficiency in mind. All of their products are manufactured at their facility in Prescott. Their firewalls and body panels are hand formed and welded on site and the talent of their craftsmen is obvious.
There is a large local street rod community in Prescott and many turned out to greet us at Bitchin' Products. We all enjoyed the great barbeque. It had been a good first day on the CW Moss Tour.
On Tuesday morning we continued on our journey towards Pueblo. Traveling north from Prescott, Route 89A winds through some incredible scenery. We stopped briefly for a group photo before making our way up the winding road to Jerome. Jerome is an old mining town that has become an artist community. From there we drove through the famous Sedona Canyon area of Arizona. The scenery was breathtaking to say the least.
After our stop in Sedona it was time to hit the highway again. Our destination for the evening was Albuquerque and a get together at Mild to Wild Classics. Owner Tony Koz and his sons Eric and Tony Jr. went out of their way to make the Road Tour group feel welcome. Sandwiches were waiting for us when we arrived. Not only did we get a tour of their facilities and latest cool projects but the crew did some repairs to some of the Road Tour vehicles that needed some attention. It was a fun evening with the good folks at Mild to Wild Classics in Albuquerque.
We are just two days into the Tour. Check back here as we continue on the CW Moss Tour with a visit to an incredible collection of vintage tin and then on to the peaks of the Rockies.
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