It was an early start in Chicopee, Ma. as our day kicked off with a 7:30 am driver's meeting. One hour later we were pulling in the driveway of Janet and Mark Lewis's beautiful home in Charlton, Ma. We had visited Mark and Janet a number of times on past Road Tours. Mark is one of the largest collector and dealer of hot rod and custom automobilia and nostalgia in the nation. His collection ranges from vintage plastic model kits to classic hot rod posters, trophies, and extremely rare Ed Roth, Von Dutch and Stanley Mouse items all from the 40's through the 80's. A walk through Marks collection was a real flashback for most of us on the Eastwood Summer Classic Tour. Fresh fruit, donuts and coffee added to the great morning. Some of the Road Tourians even made some purchases from Mark's extensive inventory. There was even a turnout of local rodders who dropped by during our visit to say hello and check out our vehicles. It was soon time to head down the highway. We had an invitation for lunch at Competition Specialties in Walpole, Ma.
There were local cars already waiting when we pulled in at Competition Specialties. Owner Pete Newell greeted us along with Chuck Vranas from the Street Rodder Magazine staff. Chuck helped to get our Road Tour cars lined up in front of Competition Specialties and neighbor shop Extreme Machines Unlimited owned by Andy Lookner. We get a close up look at all of the projects in the works at both shops and also visited George Kouthouridis's Far East Customs located in the same complex. The number of high quality builds under construction at these three shops was amazing. We all enjoyed pizza and soda and shared some time with other rodders from the surrounding area. Many thanks go out to Pete, Andy and George for their fantastic hospitality during our visit. Once again it was time to move on down the road.
Our next stop was the new shop of motorcycle legend Dave Perewitz and his daughter Jody. Dave has been an icon in the custom motorcycle business for decades. His projects have been featured in hundreds of magazine articles. Dave was also a participant in the early years of the Biker Build-off TV series. Jody has been involved in land speed motorcycle racing at Booneville for two years and currently holds the record of 208 MPH on an American V-twin powered motorcycle. That is a fast trip no matter how many wheels are under you. It was great to see the projects in the works at Perewitz Cycle. Jody showed us her record setting motorcycle and the beginnings of a new bike she will ride in pursuit of 215 MPH on the salt. We also made a quick visit to DCM Racing where we saw an amazing number of six second machines under construction.
Our last stop of the day was at Factory Five Racing in Wareham, Ma. We have visited Factory Five Racing a number of times in the past. Office Manager and Promotions Coordinator Sally Bean and owner Dave Smith greeted us as we arrived. There were also a number of area rodder who stopped by to say hello. Dave Smith is passionate about his business and his justifiable pride in Factory Five Racing shows through during the tour he conducted. We saw the complete manufacturing and assemble area for the Factory Five Racing kits that help folks build their own Cobra replica and 1933 hot rods at a realistic price. Between the manufacturing facilities and the showroom filled with examples of completed vehicles it was sensory overload for all of us during our visit at Factory Five Racing.
It was a short drive to our evening destination of New Bedford, Ma. It had been a long day on the AMSOIL/Street Rodder Eastwood Summer Classic Road Tour but a day that we will all remember. Tuesday we head to Newport, Rhode Island as we visit the Breakers Mansion in the morning. Then we head to Wallingford, Cn. For some shop visits and a special party being put on in our honor by the Connecticut Street Rod Association. There is plenty more to do before we reach our destination of the Eastwood Summer Classic on Saturday. Stay tuned!