We started our second day of the 2014 AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour with the morning driver's meeting just as the rain was letting up. It had been a stormy night and many of us found our car covers in a wet pile beside the vehicles. The skies were starting to clear as we pulled away from our Snyder hotel and headed toward Lubbock, Texas. It was a 90 mile drive and by the time we reached Lubbock the sun was shining.
Our first visit was at the Silent Wings Museum. The museum honors the glider pilots of World War II and tells the story of their importance in the winning of the war. As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the role that the glider pilots played in that amazing war effort, our visit to the Silent Wings Museum was very timely.
From the Silent Wings Museum it was a short drive to the Hill's Hot Rods. Owner Jason Hill, his family and employees were ready as over 50 AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour cars pulled into the parking lot. The music was playing and the steak was ready as the Vintage Air crowd enjoyed a fantastic lunch and a tour of the facilities at Hill's Hot Rods. They are definitely doing something right judging by the number of projects in their large shop. Many thanks go out to Jason and his team at Hill's Hot Rods for a great lunch stop in Lubbock.
Traveling north and west on Texas two lanes, we made it to Clovis, New Mexico by 3PM. We had been invited to visit Clovis by the Desert Cruiser's Car Club. One of main streets downtown was blocked off and we pulled up right in front of the Norman Petty Museum. Rick Love and Jack Chistenhall received a plaque that contained a copy of a Proclamation from the Clovis City Council stating that Monday June 9. 2014 be known as Vintage Air Road Tour Day in Clovis. We all then entered the museum that told the story of Norman Petty and the Clovis Sound that originated in his studio with such talented artists as Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Waylan Jennings and other from the 50's to the 80's. It is an amazing story of how an innovative record producer from a small town in New Mexico could have such an impact of the world of rock and roll music.
From the museum we drove to the original Norman Petty Recording Studio where we were again greeted by members of the Desert Cruisers who had prepared a great dinner for all of us. We were then given a guided tour of the studio by folks who were actual a part of the music scene at Norman Petty Recording Studio during it's heyday. It was fantastic to see the original studio and the original equipment on display and the story being told by the people that were actually part of it. The Desert Cruisers certainly made our visit to Clovis a very memorable one.
Check back here for more Vintage Air AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour adventures this week. We are just getting started.