After our busy day on Monday activities on the Factory Five Racing Tour continued as we made our way to the Syracuse Nationals in New York. From our daily morning driver's meeting on Tuesday we made a quick stop at the Tilton Diner for a group photo. From Tilton, New Hampshire it was a beautiful drive across the state and into Vermont. We made a stop at the Quechee Gorge Village on the New Hampshire Vermont border. The Village is a collection of shops and a Farmer's Diner where we enjoyed an early lunch and some shopping before heading out on more beautiful highways. Our destination for the afternoon was the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop just outside of Saratoga Springs, New York.
In resent 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 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 as functional as the hot rods that 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 that 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., family and crew had invited us for lunch at Tucci Engineering in Marcy, New York near Utica. The folks at Tucci's 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 calzone we got a tour of their shop and some background into their current projects. Thanks to the folks at Tucci's. Their shop is another of the high quality build shops that we were welcomed to 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 cook-out 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 plenty of activities in the evening also including a demolition derby, figure 8 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 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.
It was a great week on the Factory Five Tour. All of the participants had a fun filled week and everyone said that they would definitely like to do another Tour. Many thanks go out to all of the folks who made it such a special week on the road. Watch for the coverage of the Factory Five Racing Tour in Street Rodder Magazine in the coming months. There are now four 2010 AMSOIL Street Rodder Road Tours completed and there are four more on tap. Check back here as we travel from LA to Louisville and the NSRA Street Rod Nationals, then on to Bonneville for Speed Week at the salt flats. We wrap up the season with a Tour from Sacramento to the California Hot Rod Reunion. Look at the schedule and check your calendar and think about coming along for the drive. If not this season then maybe next year.