On the Road

Street Rodder - - Contents - BY JERRY DIXEY

The first tour of the 2018 United Pa­cific/ STREET RODDER Road Tour pre­sented by Ford Per­for­mance turns out to be one of the most pop­u­lar of the en­tire Road Tour sum­mer. The Min­nesota Street Rod As­so­ci­a­tion’s Back to the 50’s Week­end in St. Paul has been the place to be in June for many years. More than 12,000 pre-'64 street rods and spe­cial-in­ter­est ve­hi­cles cover the beau­ti­ful Min­nesota State Fair­grounds for three full days of cruis­ing fun with plenty to see and do for both par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors. The ac­tion starts when the gates open on Fri­day and con­tin­ues un­til things wind down on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

About five years ago we started to spend the en­tire week lead­ing up to the Back to the 50’s event right in the St. Paul area. There is plenty to see and do all week and we spend our days vis­it­ing rod shops, car col­lec­tions, and tourist attractions in the Min­nesota/Wis­con­sin area. Each evening we head back to our ho­tel for an evening of re­lax­ation with fel­low rod­ders.

This year, the fun starts on

Satur­day, June 16. We will stop by a vin­tage mo­tor­cy­cle show in the morn­ing and then have a get-to­gether cook­out on Satur­day evening. Sun­day we will be mak­ing the beau­ti­ful drive down the Mis­sis­sippi River to Foun­tain City and the amaz­ing pedal car, toy, and auto col­lec­tion of Elmer and Ber­nadette Duel­man. Dur­ing the week we will make a re­turn trip to French Lake Auto Sal­vage to see their 100 acres of clas­sic vin­tage tin. We will stop by Vaughn Veit’s col­lec­tion to see the new ad­di­tion that was just com­pleted. The folks at AMSOIL INC. have in­vited us back up to Su­pe­rior for a tour of their fa­cil­ity. We have some new sur­prises in store for the week that will be an­nounced soon. Thurs­day af­ter­noon we will be spe­cial guests at the an­nual Scav­engers kick-off pic­nic. We again have spe­cial park­ing and a hos­pi­tal­ity tent just for the Road Touri­ans at the fair­grounds all week­end.

Join­ing us this year at Back to the 50’s will be folks on the Vin­tage Air Road Tour who are mak­ing the trip from San An­to­nio, Texas, to St. Paul. Rick Love and Jack Chisen­hall will be lead­ing the charge from the Lone Star State. Rick has a great week planned with stops at shops in­clud­ing Hot

Rods and Cus­toms of Andice, Texas, Pete and Jakes, Karl Chevro­let, and Harley-David­son’s fi­nal assem­bly plant in Kansas City. Other stops in­clude Bruce Rick’s car col­lec­tion in Tulsa and the his­toric Surf Ball­room in Clear Lake, Iowa. We will all come to­gether in St. Paul on Thurs­day af­ter­noon at the Scav­enger’s pic­nic and spend the en­tire week­end to­gether at Back to the 50’s. Please re­mem­ber that while spe­cial-in­ter­est ve­hi­cles of any year can par­tic­i­pate in our tours dur­ing the week, only pre-'64 ve­hi­cles can get onto the fair­grounds dur­ing the week­end event.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the en­tire sum­mer sched­ule see page 113 in this is­sue, go to streetrod­der.com where you will find a reg­is­tra­tion form, or call the Road Tour Hot­line at (800) 664-1362 for the lat­est up­dates. I hope to see all of you on a Road Tour this sum­mer.

♦ One of the most pop­u­lar stops of 2017 was French Lake Auto. More than 100 acres of vin­tage tin is truly a sight to be­hold.

♦ When­ever we are in the Twin Cities we are al­ways in­vited up to AMSOIL INC.’s head­quar­ters in Su­pe­rior, WI. It is a beau­ti­ful three-hour drive north of St. Paul.

♦ The Min­nesota State Fair­grounds is wallto-wall pre-'64 spe­cial-in­ter­est ve­hi­cles all week­end at Back to the 50’s. The Min­nesota Street Rod As­so­ci­a­tion sure knows how to put on a rod run.

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