After our amazing morning at Speedway Motors and the Smith Collection of American Speed the lid had barely closed on the last empty pizza box when it was time to head due north. It was a three hour drive to the small town of Brandon, S.D. We had visited Brandon a number of times on past AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tours. It is hard to believe that tucked away in Brandon is the fantastic car collection of Larry and Carol Olson and Kevin Bowman's Real Hot Rods facility. Larry and Carol's tastes range from a beautiful '63 Corvette built for them by Bobby Alloway to a black and flamed 1940 built by Bowman's Real Hot Rods. In between is a fleet that includes some great bubble top Chevys, a hot rod coupe, Tri-Five Chevys, Cadillacs and even some tractors just to name a few.
Dinner was ready for us when we arrived and our plates were soon filled with sloppy joes, cheesy potatoes, vegetables and desserts. Edane Bowman, Carol Olson and a team of volunteers served up the food to an appreciative crowd. After dinner it was a very short drive to Bowman's Real Hot Rods. We pulled the Road Tour 1959 Impala on the rack so everyone could check out the fully independent front and rear suspension on the Roadster Shop chassis. It was also a good opportunity to change the fuel filter. With over 5,000 quick miles in the last three weeks it was probably time to give it a once over. Everything looked fine.There were a number of projects in the works but none as important as Edane's '57 Chevrolet. We are all interested in seeing how Mrs. Bowman's hot rod turns out ! A few of us took a quick trip out to Kevin and Edane's home just outside of Brandon. Kevin's talents as a builder also show up at home with a pair of restored gas pumps and a huge gas station lollipop style sign out in front of his garage. As if our day had not been amazing enough, when we returned to our hotel we got word the American Pickers crew was staying at the same hotel that evening. It was confirmed by the Antique Archeology van sitting out front and a Frank Fritz sighting at breakfast. Another great AMSOIL/ Street Rodder Road Tour day in the heartland.
Thursday morning we made a stop at Dakota Digital in nearby Sioux Falls, S.D. President Ross Ortman greeted us as we pulled in the parking lot. Ross had founded the company in 1985 and they continue to be at the cutting edge of gauges for special interest vehicles and Harley –Davidson motorcycles. Dakota Digital has been the Official Gauge and Instrument Supplier for a number of years and their VHX gauges in our '59 Impala are color coordinated to match the bright red dash. We divided into three groups and got a behind the scenes looks at what goes into the Dakota Digital products that are proudly made in Sioux Falls, S.D. USA.
The time had come. Our next destination was our final destination as we made the four hour drive into St. Paul and the kick-off of the MSRA Back to the 50's Weekend. It had been a long journey from Pomona but we drove into the Twin Cities on Thursday afternoon and we cannot wait to get to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds tomorrow for the largest pre 1964 special interest vehicle event in the world. Check back here for all the highlights of the weekend in St. Paul.