The Road Tour participants spent Monday afternoon and evening in the Monterey Bay area. Some visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium and others enjoyed the sights around Cannery Row. Tuesday we continued our trek north along California Highway 1 on our way to the NSRA Golden State Nationals in Sacramento.
The wharf in Santa Cruz was the perfect place for us all to gather for lunch with many choices for food. The old Santa Cruz Boardwalk and amusement park was just across the water and the sights and sounds of the sea lions arguing gave our brief visit some local flavor. After lunch we posed for a group photo before rolling out and heading for our destination of South San Francisco and Pacifica. Traveling with the group on the trip is Street Rodder Publisher Tim Foss and his wife Lynette and former Street Rodder Editor Tom Vogele and his wife Deb. Tim is driving the yellow 2004 Road Tour roadster and Tom is in his 1997 Road Tour McMullen Roadster clone. It was fun for me to roll along with two other cars that I had spent so much time in on other Tours
Our first stop in South San Francisco was the offices and studio of Rodder's Journal. We were greeted by the staff and given a tour of their facilities. Chasity Smith was our guide as we were shown the photo studio where most of the great photos of Steve Coonan and crew are taken. It was interesting to see where the fantastic photograph of Rodder's Journal originates.
From Rodder's Journal it is a quick five mile trip across town to the facilities of Sanderson Headers and Roy Brizio Street Rods. We were greeted at Sanderson Headers by owner Donna Smith. Sanderson Headers have been the official header of the Road Tour for a number of years. Donna gave us a tour of the Sanderson manufacturing facilities and all of the Road Tourians received a very cool metal Sanderson Headers sign. It was a short walk next door to the Roy Brizio Street Rods shop. Roy greeted us out front and gave us full access to his shop. Customer projects in various stages of assembly filled the facility. Included in the cars being worked on were a shoebox Ford and Chevy pick-up owned by musician Eric Clapton. It was great to see where all the fantastic Brizio creations originate. Sanderson Headers provided the pizza for the evening and Brizio Street Rods provided the facilities as the Road Tourians enjoyed dinner and strawberry shortcake with some of the most creative, energetic and successful folks in our street rod hobby.
The ocean waves could be heard from the windows of our rooms on the beach in Pacifica Tuesday evening. It had been another great day on the Sacramento Vintage Ford Tour. There was much more in store for the Road Tourians on the Sacramento Vintage Ford Tour as we make our way to the NSRA Golden State Nationals.
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