Sunday afternoon the tour made its way two hours south to Vancouver, Washington, and the showroom and warehouse of Chevs of the 40's. Chevs of the 40's specializes in parts and products for Chevrolet cars and trucks from 1936-54. We used many of their products on this year's Road Tour Chevy. We were greeted at Chevs by owners Rob Logsdon and Ron Wade. Logsdon and Wade are both serious car guys and their showroom, build shop, and restoration facilities are very impressive. As Logsdon gave us a look at the retail end of things at Chevs of the 40's and their sister company Street Rod Headquarters, Wade took folks on a tour of the shop area and we got an up-close look at the projects that he has in the works. After our visit at Chevs Logsdon and Wade took us all out to dinner at a great local restaurant where we had a good time enjoying the food and the camaraderie of fellow car folks. Many thanks to Rob Logsdon, Ron Wade, and all the folks at Chevs of the 40's and the Street Rod Headquarters for a great Sunday evening in Vancouver.
After our Monday morning driver's meeting it was a short drive to Steve's Auto Restoration in Portland, Oregon. Owner Steve Frisbie and staff were waiting with coffee and doughnuts when we arrived. Steve's Auto Restoration has been known for their high-quality craftsmanship for many years. Their projects have won many awards and their field of expertise ranges from high-end concourse work to more recently their '34 Ford roadster and coupe reproduction steel bodies. It was interesting to see such a wide range of projects under way. The metalwork that is done at Steve's is of incredible high quality. We were also given a demonstration of the work that can be done on the huge two-headed vintage power hammer. These tools are very rare and finding craftsman who can put them to good use is even rarer. Steve's is lucky enough to have both.
From Steve's Auto Restorations we drove 30 minutes southeast to the home and private shop of Wendy and Bill Jabs in Eagle Creek. Wendy and Bill have been car enthusiasts for many years and have put together a very eclectic collection of special interest vehicles. The common denominator in the Jabs collection is the high quality of workmanship in each vehicle. Ranging from the large classic cars of the '20s and '30s to high-performance Corvairs, Australian Utes, award-winning street rods, and some very rare sports cars, each and every car is finished to concourse quality. Even though they had just arrived back from the huge Hershey Swap Meet in Pennsylvania the day before, Wendy and Bill went out of their way to answer all the questions that the curious Road Tour participants had about their fine collection. Thanks to Wendy and Bill for welcoming us to their beautiful residence and giving us a chance to see their impressive group of vehicles.
There is nothing quite as beautiful as the coastline of Oregon. From Eagle Creek we set out on a six-hour drive to our destination for the evening of Gold Beach on the southern Oregon coastline. It was a beautiful drive as we made our way west across the mountains, on to Florence, and then south on Highway 101 to Gold Beach. We were joined on this leg of the tour by Rob and Carrie Logsdon and Ron Wade from Chevs of the '40s. Wade was driving the beautiful Chevs' '47 Chevy pickup and Logsdon decided to take his '61 T-bird. It was a beautiful drive but storm clouds were gathering on the horizon. The weather report called for very heavy winds and rain for Tuesday as the remnants of the typhoon that had caused severe damage in the Philippines the previous week had its gun sights set on the southern Oregon and northern California coastline; exactly where we were traveling on Tuesday.