In recent years Ken Schmidt and Keith Cornell from Rolling Bones have become famous for their very cool traditional hot rod projects and their exploits as they travel across the country to Bonneville each year. When the Road Tour arrived about 3:30 p.m. the party was in full swing. Burgers were on the grill, beverages were flowing, and there were about 100 cars and occupants waiting for us. It was quite a gathering and greeting at Rolling Bones. The shop is as basic and functional as the hot rods they build. There were current projects on display, including the mock-up of the planned Bonneville car for next year. It was a great afternoon at the Rolling Bones facility. Thanks to Ken, Keith, and everyone who took the time to come out and greet the Factory Five Tour Tuesday afternoon.
After spending the night in Saratoga Springs we headed out on Wednesday morning with our sights set on Syracuse but we had one more stop to make along the way. Dave Tucci Jr. and Sr. and family and crew had invited us for lunch at Tucci Engineering in Marcy, New York, near Utica. The folks at Tucci have been building some very slick street rods and street machines over recent years and their awards and coverage in all the magazines are a testament to their high-quality work and results. While enjoying some great pizza and calzones, we got a tour of their shop and some background into their current projects. We'd like to thank the folks at Tucci for being another one of the high-quality build shops who welcomed us on the Factory Five Racing Tour.
By Wednesday afternoon we reached our destination of Syracuse, New York. Activities in the area were already in full swing for the huge event later in the week. Thursday there was a big participant cookout at Oneida Lake and a poker run in the afternoon. The event kicked off on Friday at the New York State Fairgrounds and things were hopping all weekend. The Right Coast folks do a great job of filling each day with plenty of things to keep both spectators and participants busy. There were also plenty of activities in the evening, including a demolition derby, figure eight racing, and fireworks each evening. This year marked the beginning of the Gene Winfield Award program. Hot rod icon Gene Winfield personally picked three street rods and three customs from a sea of entries and then these six vehicles were on display all weekend. On Saturday evening at the dinner dance, the winner was announced and awarded the trophy and a check for $5,000.
All of the participants had a fun-filled week on the Factory Five Tour and everyone said that they would definitely like to do another tour. Many thanks to all of the folks who made it such a special week on the road-four down, four tours to go.
For our '11 Road Tour plans check our website www.streetrodderweb.com or call the Road Tour hotline at (800) 664-1362.