On Thursday the time had come to get to Burlington and the NSRA Northeast Nationals plus. At the morning driver's meeting I was presented with a framed picture of myself at the very first driver's meeting of the Canadian Classic Cars.ca Tour the previous Monday morning. Everyone on the Tour had signed the picture and it will go in a special spot on my office wall. Thanks folks!
It was a short 30 minute drive to Cornwall where we planned to cross back into the United States. Everyone had their passport ready and after a few questions from the border agents we were again back on American soil. We had been welcomed in Canada and been shown incredible hospitality but as Dorothy once said to Toto "There's no place like home."
We drove along the Canadian border in upstate New York and made our way to our planned lunch stop at Dick's Country Store on US Route 11 in Churubusco, New York. Dick's slogan is "Gas, Groceries, Guitars and Guns" so we were somewhat prepared but still stunned at what we found at Dick's Country Store. They have lots and lots of guitars and guns. We meet Dick himself and were told that they have 1000 guitars and 500 guns in inventory at all times. It looked like it too. We had some great sandwiches at Dick's and it was soon time to be on our way. While none of the Road Tourians bought a gun or guitar while we were there, we certainly know where to go in upstate New York if we ever need either.
Our drive to Burlington from Dick's took us on US 11 then south on US 2. US 2 is beautiful as the islands are joined by bridges along the various waterways. The sky was blue and the scenery was fantastic. We arrived at the event headquarters Sheraton Hotel by 3 PM. It had been a short but very interesting and scenic day. Our timing was perfect as the heavy rains rolled into Burlington about 4 PM Thursday afternoon.
Friday at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center was a bit cold but the rain had stopped. The skies cleared by about 4 PM on Friday. Saturday was a beautiful day and the grounds were filled with both participants and spectators. A new NSRA Northeast Nationals attendance record was set with over 1660 registered vehicles.
The Canadian Classic Cars.ca Tour was a huge success. We were welcome with open arms at every place we stopped in Canada. The memories of the car collections that we saw, the museums that we visited and that fantastic evening in Ottawa on Parliament Hill will be with all of us forever. We want to thank Steve Plunkett, the Motor City Car Club, all of the great guides and hosts during the week, Larry Way and especially Canadian Classic Cars.ca for making it all possible. When we posed for the group photo at the tent in Burlington on Friday everyone agreed that they would definitely travel on another Road Tour in the future.
We have one more Tour this summer as the Sherm's Custom Plating Tour travels next month from Sacramento to the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield. Also be sure to check back here as we are very close to announcing our Road Tour schedule for 2011. We have some new events and some surprises in store for next season.