Thursday morning was another beautiful, sunny day and the drive from Altoona east across the mountains was gorgeous. We traveled over 50 miles on Route 30, which is the old Lincoln Highway, the first road to completely cross the United States. Our destination for lunch was the Totally Stainless facilities in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Totally Stainless is the official stainless fastener supplier of the '10 Road Tour. Our hosts for lunch and a tour of the business were owners Sherry and Doc Hammett. Doc went into detail about the special fasteners and stainless hardware that Totally Stainless offers in their extensive line of products. Their Total Loc header bolts have kept our roadster pickup headers tight and leak-free all season. After a good lunch it was a very short drive to the new visitors' center at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Gettysburg was the location of one of the fiercest battles of the Civil War and the site of Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address. While some of the Road Tourians had visited Gettysburg before, for many it was their first time; the new visitors' center is fantastic.
By Thursday afternoon it was time to get to York and the NSRA East Coast Nationals Plus. We arrived at headquarters registration at about 3 p.m. and the traditional parking lot festivities were in full swing. This was the first year for the new NSRA extended-year format and everyone was wondering what the response would be. One look at the lot at registration told the tale. The turnout was huge with plenty of street rods joined by customs, muscle cars, and street machines. The total registration after all was said and done was 3,847. That was an increase of over 400 cars from last year and the later-model cars seemed to fit right into the mix.
It was a great weekend at the NSRA East Coast Nationals Plus. The threat of showers did not keep anyone away and the grounds were filled with participants and spectators all weekend. It was a great wrap-up to the Woody's Hot Rodz Tour. With two Road Tours of the '10 season in the books, we'll take a few weeks off, and then it's down to San Antonio, Texas, for the start of the Vintage Air Tour to the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals plus in Pueblo, Colorado.
Watch for the coverage of all the '10 Road Tours in upcoming issues of STREET RODDER.