Friday, May 8, 2009

2009 AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour Gearing Up for Take-Off

After months of planning, routing, and anticipation the 2009 AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour kicks off in Chattanooga, TN. As title sponsor of this ultimate road trip, AMSOIL is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the tour to the AMSOIL Center here in Superior, WI in June. But first, there are plenty more stops beforehand. Below is the tour schedule. Mark your calendars and plan on coming to see some of the most beautifully restored vehicles in the world all in one place. Lead by Jerry Dixie in a restored ’52 Chevy, the Road Tourians will be close behind as they wend their way around the country, attending various car shows and events throughout the summer. A sight to behold, definitely not something you can afford to miss if you are in any of these areas.

Coker Tire Tour, May 9-17
Kicking off the season with a car show and charity auction at Coker Tire in Chattanooga, TN, the tour starts tomorrow, May 9. From there, it is off to the Victory Junction Gang Camp in North Carolina with a stop in Charlotte in between. The final destination for this tour is Cruisin’ Ocean City, MD for a weekend of street rods, customs, and fun in the sun in this beach town.

Vintage Air Tour, June 13-21
One of the biggest each season, this leg of the tour heads from Vintage Air in San Antonio, TX to the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY. With spectacular car collections to see and visits to local street rod shops, this part of the tour will continue on up north to…

The AMSOIL Tour, June 19-28
After leaving the Hot Rod Reunion, perhaps with still more street rodders on board, Jerry will lead the crew up through St. Paul, MN near the Back to the 50’s event happening that weekend. From there, it is up to the AMSOIL Center in Superior, WI, where local car clubs and enthusiasts will gather to welcome the street rodders before they make their way to the St. Ignace, MI Car Show. Made famous by the streets being filled with street rods at the Mackinac Bridge, this show features all types of vehicles as locals watch them cruising the historic streets of St. Ignace.

Merrill-Lynch Jones Group Tour, July 12-19
Without Woody’s Hot Rodz in Bright, IN, this years’ tour might not be possible…they built the Chevy being driven by Jerry on this years’ tour. Woody’s is the starting point for the next round, where they will head to Youngstown, OH for a party at Quaker Steak and Lube and a visit to the Classic Automobilia Showroom. From here, it’s onward to Syracuse, NY for the big car show.

August 6-15, 40th NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville
Bound to be a huge event, this leg of the tour kicks off in Louisville at the 40th NSRA Street Rod Nationals. From there on Sunday, it’s a cross country trek to Bonneville Speed Week in Wendover, UT.

September 11-20, NSRA Nationals North in Kalamazoo, MI
This leg brings more stops to the NSRA Nationals events happening around the country. The NSRA Nationals North in Kalamazoo promises to be a huge again, complete with hospitality tent for all tour participants. From there its westward to the NSRA Northeast Nationals in Burlington, VT with a stop at Gear Star Transmission for a party in Akron, OH.

Sherm’s Custom Plating Tour, September 26-Oct 4
Kicking off with a Friday night cruise in Escondido, CA near San Diego, this tour will make several stops at famous Los Angeles locations. From there, it is off to the NSRA Golden State Nationals in Sacramento, but not before stopping and visiting some of the biggest private car collections in the US on the way.

NHRA Museum Tour, October 10-18
Seattle, WA is the starting point for the final leg of this years’ tour. Art Morrison Enterprises in Fife, WA will host a party before the tour makes its way down to the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, CA. With scenic travels through Washington, Oregon, and the redwood forest in northern California, this is the final tour of 2009. Stops at several shops and manufacturers in the street rodder business will round out the week, with the final destination being the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion.

This is the broad brush overview. And if your anywhere near the Northland, we'll be doing a Street Rodder Shindig on June 22, so... y'all come! (Stay tuned for details.)

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