Our schedule for Tuesday was very busy so we wasted no time after our 8AM driver's meeting. Our first stop was just down the road about 15 minute to the Woody's Hot Rodz shop in Bright, Indiana. Chris Sondles and the crew at Woody's had built last year's Road Tour '52 Chevy which we drove over 20,000 miles during the summer of 2009. They are also scheduled to build next year's Road Tour '55 Chevy. We also got a sneak peek at a '57 Chevy project that they have begun for George Poteet. They are busy at Woody's to say the least.
From Bright it was a short drive to C Cook Enterprises in nearby Erlanger, Kentucky. Cook Enterprises is the Official Metal Shapers and Engine Detailers of this year's Road Tour. By the looks of their shop they are very well qualified in both areas. Clay and the crew at Cook Enterprises have plenty of projects to keep them busy and Melissa keeps things under control in the front office. Clay also conducts metal shaping classes in the shop in Erlanger and also at shops around the country. They are a talented group at C Cook and it was a very interesting stop on Tuesday morning's tour of the Cincinnati area.
It was then a 30 minute drive north to Danny's Rod Shop in Goshen, Ohio. Danny and their trailer have been fixtures at rod runs and swap meets in the Midwest and South for years. The trailer is always stocked with the latest parts and accessories. The shop itself is located in the small town of Goshen and it is also filled with tons of things that street rodders need. It was a nice lunch stop at Danny's and a good break before we again continued our drive north in the Buckeye State.
After a nice cruise through Amish country we arrived in Delaware, Ohio for a special visit at the shop of probably the most famous family in drag racing. The folks at Jeg's Motorsports had agreed to open their doors for a Road Tour visit. Scott Woodruff was our host and Tour guide at Jeg's and gave us some real insight into what is involved in campaigning a winning professional drag racing team year after year. It was obvious from everything that we saw that dedication, hard work and pride play a major roll in that winning formula. After the tour of the racing facilities Scott gave us a behind the scenes look at the business end of Jeg's. The size and scoop of their mail order business was mind boggling. Dedication, hard work and pride was again evident in the mail order end of things also. We all walked away with a real respect for the accomplishments that the Jeg's Family has achieved over the past 50 years.
By 5PM we were all tired and hungry. We had made reservations at a famous Amish restaurant in nearby Plain City and we were able to enjoy some great Amish cooking together and recount the amazing visits that we had made during the long but very interesting day on the Woody's Hot Rodz Road Tour.
There is still plenty to see and do as we continue our journey to the NSRA East Coast Nationals plus in York, Pennsylvania. Check back here and we will keep you updated on our journey.