We got an early start on day three of the AMSOIL/Street Rodder Vintage Air Road Tour. After our short driver's meeting we were on our way from Clovis, New Mexico to our morning destination of Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Fort Sumner is the site where Billy the Kid was killed by lawman Pat Garrett in 1881. It is now the home of the Billy the Kid Museum which opened in 1953. The museum tells the story of Billy the Kid from his youth to his death. the items on display include a rifle that was owned by Billy the Kid, the curtains that hung in the windows of the home where he was killed and photographs from his youth. The museum also includes a large collection of authentic relics that depict life in the rural areas of the old west. It was an interesting hour at the Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
From Fort Sumner we headed northwest across two and four lane roads and after a 90 minute drive we reached Interstate 40. Going west on Interstate 40 we reached Albuquerque in less than an hour. We had been invited by Tony Kos to visit his shop Mild to Wild Customs and enjoy a tour and some lunch. Tony has hosted AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour a number of times in the past. The food is always great and the hospitality is always appreciated. Tony and his crew were able to help a number of the Road Tour participants who were experiencing some minor vehicle issues. It was another great stop at Mild to Wild in Albuquerque and many thanks to Tony Kos, his family and his great crew.
It was a short drive from Mild to Wild to the Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque. The museum contains memorabilia and race cars that are associated with the Unser Family. Their racing heritage includes championships at Pikes Peak, Indianapolis and dirt track around the nation. Between Al Unser Sr, Al Unser Jr and Bobby Unser they have won a combined nine Indianapolis 500 races. That is an amazing feat for one family. As we entered the museum we were greeted by a museum guide who began to explain the history of the family and the story of the museum. At this point Al Unser Sr. himself walked up and began to speak to our group. It was totally unexpected and apparently an unusual occurrence. Al Unser Sr. talked with us for about 20 minutes, answering questions, posing for pictures and signing autographs. He was every bit the nice guy that we had all heard that he was. After a tour of both of the museum bulildings and the collection of cars and trophies won by the Unsers it was time to head out. Just as we were leaving Al Unser Jr. walked in and casually said hello. Needless to say it was quite a visit with the Unser family in their amazing museum.
It was a two hour drive on to Gallup for the evening. The Vintage Air leg of the AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour is shaping up to be one of the most interesting weeks we have had in a long time. We are getting closer to Pomona and the LA Roadster's Father Day Show but we still have a few more stops before we get to California.