The 2014 AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour season has gotten off to a great start.The Vintage Air Tour participants gathered in San Antonio with their sights set on the 50th L.A.Roadsters Father's Day Show in Pomona, California. Vintage Air vice–president Rick Love has coordinated the Vintage Air Road Tour every year since its inception in 2006. The routes and visits that Rick plans are always exciting and entertaining and the Tour is always one of the largest of the season.
Many of the 60 registered participants got together at the Vintage Air headquarters on Saturday evening for a cook out , tour of the facilities and a driver's get acquainted meeting. There were many familiar faces in the crowd and George Packard gave us all a behind the scenes look at the manufacturing facility where 130 employees assemble the special vehicle air conditioning units that make Vintage Air the leader in our hobby. Rick introduced Vintage Air President Jack Chistenhall who joins us each year on the tour as one of the most enthusiastic participants on the trip. The three groups of folks who have signed up to take the www.Roadtrippers.com Triple Crown Challenge were also introduced to the group. It was a great evening and a good start to the Tour.
Sunday morning we all gathered back at Vintage Air and made the short drive to the Alamo in downtown San Antonio. We were given a brief talk by one of the park rangers who covered the history of the Alamo and the importance it played in the history of both Texas and the United States. We spent the next two hours visiting the buildings and seeing the displays and exhibits that tell the story of this iconic landmark. By noon it was time to roll as we drove west and north toward our evening destination of Snyder, Texas. It was a five hour drive that took us through the rolling Texas hill country.
We had been invited to be special guests at a barbecue hosted by the Snyder Wheels Car Club. When we arrived the club members and members of the local car community were waiting with some great cars and some great barbecue. They gave all the Road Tourians tickets for door prizes and we all enjoyed meeting the area auto enthusiasts. At the end of the evening the Snyder Wheels members posed with Rick Love and Jack and Tami Chistenhall for a group photo. Many thanks to the club members who made our visit to Snyder very memorable. It was a perfect first day on the Vintage Air Road Tour. Stay tuned and check back each day as we make our way west to the Father's Day Roadster Show in California.