The Woody's Hot Rodz Tour kicked off with a weekend of fun at the NSRA Mid-America Nationals plus in Springfield, Missouri. This was the first season for the extended year format and by the looks of the turnout by both participants and spectators, it was a success. Mixed in with the traditional pre '48 cars were plenty of street machines, muscle car and special interest vehicles. Big block Tri Five Chevys were right at home rumbling around the grounds next to the 32 and 34 Fords.
The AMSOIL Street Rodder Road Tour tent was a gathering spot for all of the Woody's Hot Rodz Tour participants and the Road Tour roadster pickup was on display all weekend and created quite a buzz on the grounds. With 2,500 fresh miles on the odometer, the Cotati Speed Shop built Shadow Rods XL27 generated questions and positive comments from everyone who stopped by to take a look.
The weather was great all weekend in Springfield. By Sunday afternoon Road Tour participants from Texas, South Carolina, Missouri., Michigan and Ohio gathered at the Road Tour tent. They picked up their goodie bags and all important itineraries that mapped out the weeks activities as our travels would take us across Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio. It is then on to York, Pennsylvania and the NSRA East Coast Nationals plus by Thursday afternoon. Along the way we had stops scheduled at private car collections, street rod shops, parts manufacturers and suppliers.
Our Sunday evening lay over was in Fenton, Missouri just south of St Louis. Everyone arrived about 7 pm and many went out for some authentic St Louis BBQ. Monday morning was Memorial Day and we had been invited by car enthusiast George Lange to get a look at his amazing collection of special interest vehicles that includes some of the coolest hot rods and muscle cars on the planet. George's interests run the gambit from traditional 32 - 33 - 34 street rods to turbo charged Mustangs and George's wife Kathy's Good Guy award winning 57 T-Bird. It was a very special treat to have George give us some details about the history and construction of each of the vehicles on display. Many of the cars in George and Kathy's collection were built by premier builder Bobby Alloway over the years.
We were also invited to make the short drive and visit the shop of the Stirnemann Brothers. Jack and Harry are well known for their traditional style hot rods and innovative power trains. It was an educational morning at the Stirnemann Brothers shop as Jack and Harry walked us through some of their current projects.
By 11 AM it was time to head east towards our Monday evening layover in Lawrenceburg Indiana near Cincinnati. It was a somewhat rainy drive but we all arrived safe and sound by 7 PM. Next on our busy week long schedule are visits at Woody's Hot Rodz, Clay Cook Enterprises, Danny's Rod Shop and Jegs Motorsport and mail order facility. Check back here for all the latest updates as the Woody's Hot Rodz Tour travels to the NSRA East Coast Nationals plus in York, Pennsylvania.