It's that time again already. The Street Rodder / PPG Road Tour routes have been laid out and the plans have been made. With eight week long Tours planned it is time to begin our summer long travels. The Lokar Tour is the first trip of the 2008 season and our destination is an event that has been a spring kick-off tradition for many years: the NSRA Street Rod Nationals South in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Lokar Tour begins on Saturday, April 26th at the new Roadster Shop facilities in Mundelein, Illinois. It will be the debut of the 2008 Street Rodder / PPG Road Tour Roadster. Assembled by the team at the Roadster Shop, the American Speed Company's Speed '33 all steel body will rest on a Roadster Shop chassis and be powered by the new Ford Racing Boss 302 450 HP motor.

On Sunday, April 27th the festivities move down the road to Heidt's Hot Rod Shop in Wauconda, Illinois. Gary Heidt has planned his annual NSRA Appreciation Day and safety inspection for that day and it will be great to get together with all the area rodders. Monday morning the Lokar Tour will visit the Auto Meter facilities in Sycamore, Illinois, west of Chicago. We will make a wide loop around the Chicago area and end up Monday evening in Manteno, Illinois where Troy Trepanier has invited us to visit his famous Rad Rides by Troy build shop.

Tuesday we head south and stop at the Indianapolis Speedway Museum at noon and then on to Cincinnati for the evening. Tuesday evening we will be guests at a big party and shop tour at Woody's Hot Rodz in Bright, Indiana near Cincinnati. Wednesday we will stop at SoffSeal and then continue our southbound journey as we travel the back roads of Kentucky and then on to our evening stop in the beautiful Cumberland Falls State Park area of southern Kentucky. Thursday morning we will pay a visit at Lecarra Steering Wheels in Oneida, Tennessee.

By early Thursday afternoon we will arrive in Knoxville and be special guests at the huge open house at Lokar Inc. We will help them celebrate their 20th Anniversary. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be filled with street rod fun as we attend the NSRA Street Rod Nationals South. It is sure to be a full week of fun on the Lokar Tour and a great way to kick-off the 2008 season. See all the latest details and updates at www.streetrodderweb.com or call the Road Tour Hotline at 1-800-664-1362. Also check the pages of Street Rodder Magazine for the full 2008 schedule. I hope to see all of you this summer on a Road Tour!