After a drive across the back roads of west Texas we arrived at the Permian Basin Petroleu
Monday morning in Midland it was rise and shine with the daily morning drivers' meeting, conducted by Rick. It was a short drive to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Museum located next to the Midland airport. On display at the museum are vintage combat airplanes, artifacts, and memorabilia that tell the story of America's aviation history during wartime. The displays are amazing and give visitors an in-depth look at the period in our history and situations that led up to World War II and other wars that our country was involved in over the years. One of the most popular exhibits at the CAF Museum is the section of original nose art from World War II combat airplanes. This artwork was saved from the scrapheap after the war and the folks at the museum are carefully restoring the work to its original glory. While photos are not permitted in this section, there is a great book about nose art available in the museum gift shop and online at their website. After our tour we sat as a group in one of the hangers and enjoyed a great fajita lunch. It was then time to head to Amarillo.
Our first stop on Sunday morning was at the new facility of Adrenaline Rides Garage. The f
We arrived in Amarillo by 5 p.m. and headed to the Soncy Road Body Shop. Our hosts for the evening were Bill and Mark Warrick. The food, some of which was provided by the local Albertson's supermarkets and Gladwin Pant and Supply, was ready when we arrived and the local hot rod contingent was out in full force to greet us. The skies threatened rain but after just a few sprinkles all was fine. Over the past 45 years, Bill and more recently his son, Mark, have turned out some fantastic projects and their paint and bodywork is incredible. Their tastes run from restorations to full-blown customs with street machines, street rods, and motorcycles included in the mix. The collection of automobilia and nostalgia items on display at the shop was staggering. The Road Tourians drooled at the neon signs, gas pumps and globes, pedal cars, derby racers, and everything in between. The lot outside contained some classic vintage tin and there were enough projects to last a lifetime. Bill and Mark were also kind enough to give a helping hand to some of our group who had encountered some mechanical problems along the way. It was a wonderful evening at Soncy Road Body Shop and our hats off to Bill and Mark Warrick for the fantastic get-together.
When we were told that Chaparral founder and racing icon Jim Hall was joining us that afte
Tuesday morning we stopped at a field that has become a legend in our hobby. Just west of Amarillo, 10 Cadillacs are buried nose first in the ground and have become a mecca for car buffs around the world. There are no signs and no explanation at the Cadillac Ranch. It is left up to the visitor to decide who, what, and why. It was a fun stop and veteran Road Tourians Ann and Chuck Shepler thought ahead and made up a stencil of the Road Tour logo. They painted it on; it was the perfect place for the Vintage Air group to sign in. After our brief visit at the Cadillac Ranch we headed toward our evening destination of Durango, Colorado. The 475-mile drive took us from the flat plains of west Texas to the mountains of Colorado. It was a spectacular afternoon trip.
On Monday morning we visited the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Midland. This volunteer
On Wednesday we enjoyed one of the most anticipated days of the entire week. We boarded the narrow gauge railroad and made the three-hour trip up the mountain to the old mining town of Silverton. Words cannot describe the scenery as we were pulled along behind a coal-fired steam locomotive. After lunch and some shopping in Silverton it was another three-hour ride back down to Durango. Definitely put the Durango to Silverton Train Ride on your "must do" list.
Wednesday evening we were guests of honor at a local park car show. Tom Nadzak and members of both the Olde Tymes Car Club and the Durango Old Car Club really rolled out the red carpet for the evening, complete with burgers on the grill for everyone. Thanks for all your hospitality folks.