On Thursday it was time for the Vintage Air Tour to get to Pueblo and the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals. There was just a small hill to climb first. From Durango it is an 8-mile climb on Colorado Route 160 to reach the summit of the Continental Divide. At about 10,000 feet it is a great view and the air is thin and crisp. It was time for one last group photo, then an 8-mile trip down the hill. Our destination for lunch was the town of Alamosa, Colorado. We had been invited to be guests of honor by the local rodders in Alomosa and the Early Iron Car Club. We gathered at the local Wal-Mart parking lot and received a police escort to the park for our great barbecue lunch. It was another case of great hospitality from local rodders. Thanks to everyone in Alamosa for rolling out the red carpet.
It was about a two-hour drive from Alamosa to Pueblo. Along the way we got a lesson in how Colorado paves some of their roads. About five miles of chip and tar that was very fresh gave everyone some anxious moments and some extensive clean up later. Alan Johnson and the '09 Ridler Award winner, Doug Cooper, joined us for the trip on Thursday. They were driving the NSRA '10 Giveaway Roadster and were having a great time enjoying the scenery.
We arrived at check-in for the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals at the convention center in downtown Pueblo about 4 p.m. It was quite a sight as the Vintage Air Road Tour pulled in with about 60 vehicles.
It was a great weekend in Pueblo and an exciting week on the Vintage Air Road Tour. Many thanks to Rick Love and the folks at Vintage Air for all the work that went into the planning of the Tour. Everyone had a fantastic time and once again friendships were made that will last a lifetime.
For more information on the Road Tours, watch the Road Tour section of www.streetrodderweb.com or call the Road Tour Hotline at (800) 664-1362. Come along for the drive and you will have the time of your life.