After the four hour drive from Dodge City the Aeromotive Road Tour arrived in Pueblo at the headquarters hotel midafternoon on Thursday. Registration was in full swing and the parking lots around the hotel were packed. The lines inside moved quickly and we were soon all set with the credentials we needed to get into the 30th edition of the Rocky Mountain Nationals Plus. Thursday evening many folks headed out to the reservoir for the traditional kick-off party. It had been a long but fun filled week on the road from St. Paul and the Back to the 50s event. We had made it and we were all excited to get to the Colorado State Fairgrounds for the Friday morning start of the Rocky Mountain Nationals Plus.
The line at the entrance to the fairgrounds on Friday morning wound down the street and around the corner. It was obvious from the minute that the gates were opened that it was going to be a special event in Pueblo. Our AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour hospitality tent was located directly across from the main vendor building. Event Director Frank Slouf and his NSRA team welcomed us and we had special parking directly beside the tent for all of our vehicles.
The weather was perfect all weekend at the Rocky Mountain Nationals Plus. The temperatures were in the 90s but a constant breeze helped keep things comfortable. The exhibit building was filled with vendors and was a popular destination for both participants and spectators. The swap meet was very large with a wide variety of treasures for sale. By Saturday at 2PM the official count of 1948 registered participating vehicles was announced. It was a record turnout and the Colorado State Fairgrounds was covered with spectators and participating vehicles all weekend.
The Aeromotive Tour also marked the final leg of the Roadtrippers.com Triple Crown Challenge. Starting with the Vintage Air Tour in San Antonio three weeks ago, the Challengers braved the trip to the Father's Day Roadster Show, the MSRA Back to the 50's Weekend Tour to St. Paul and on to Pueblo. Skip and Jeanne Ringo in their 1936 Ford coupe, Phil and Wanda Endicott in their 1937 Ford and Ray Lark in his 1933 Ford roadster all completed the Challenge and we celebrated in Pueblo Thursday evening. Friday at noon we all gathered at the tent for a group photo and some final goodbyes. Some of the folks who had a long drive home ahead of them elected to head out on Saturday afternoon. Many Road Tourians stayed for the awards and Super Prize giveaways. It was a great week on the Aeromotive Tour. Plans are already being made for a return to the Rocky Mountain Nationals Plus in 2015. Watch our website for the details of our entire 2015 Road tour schedule. Make plans to join us next year as the AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour celebrates its 20th Anniversary.