On the Road

Street Rodder - - Contents - Jerry Dixey

Our long­time read­ers will re­mem­ber the early days of the STREETRODDER Road Tours. It was just me rack­ing up miles and killing bugs in what­ever that year’s Tour car hap­pened to be. I was run­ning down the road and go­ing from one NSRA event to an­other. There was no real schedule or plan, but I would run from when the sun came up to when the sun went down. Dur­ing those long days of sum­mer that could mean trav­el­ing 800-900 miles in a day. Af­ter 10 years of that mad­ness things calmed down a lit­tle as we in­vited other rod­ders to join me in the fun. We were still go­ing from one event to an­other but the miles per day dropped down to 200-300 with stops along the way. In re­cent years things re­ally got tame as we de­cided that it was fun to stay in one city for a whole week and take daytrips. We saw lots of places and came back to the “house” each evening. We were get­ting kind of soft. Well, that is over with the AMSOIL Road Tour.

Af­ter a fun week on the Cruisin’ the Coast Tour we will sad­dle up in Biloxi, Mis­sis­sippi, and punch

Surf City, Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, into the GPS. I will save you do­ing the math. It is 2,000 miles and we want to be there Fri­day af­ter­noon for some free burg­ers at the STREET ROD­DER Tech Cen­ter in Santa Ana. Gid­dyap!

Sun­day night, we camp in Katy, Texas, just west of Hous­ton. On Mon­day we’ll stop and say “Howdy” to Jack Chisen­hall, Rick Love, and the Vin­tage Air team be­fore we press onto Ozona, Texas. On Tues­day it is a whole bunch of west Texas and we land in Las Cruces, New Mex­ico, for the evening. On Wed­nes­day, it will be a beau­ti­ful drive through New Mex­ico and Ari­zona be­fore we land in Phoenix. Thurs­day is a short but hot run across the desert to Palm Springs, Cal­i­for­nia. That should put us in Santa Ana at our STREET ROD­DER Tech Cen­ter just in time for sup­per on Fri­day. On Satur­day we will visit United Pa­cific head­quar­ters in Long Beach and take a look at a lit­tle dinghy called the Queen Mary.

We will be adding some stops along the way dur­ing the week, but I think you get the idea. This one is not for the faint of heart. The other cool thing: this will be Road Tour #2 of the Lokar Triple Play Chal­lenge. Com­plete the Cruisin’ the Coast Tour, the AMSOIL INC. Tour, and the Sherm’s Plat­ing Tour as we head to the NHRA Cal­i­for­nia Hot Rod Re­union in Bak­ers­field and you will get a com­mem­o­ra­tive jacket and the right to say that you are of­fi­cially bonkers. Come on, it will be fun!

Go to streetrodder.com to reg­is­ter for any or all of the re­main­ing 2018 United Pa­cific/ STREET ROD­DER Road Tours pre­sented by Ford Per­for­mance Parts. Call the Road Tour Hot­line at (800) 664-1362 with any ques­tions.

Af­ter Cruisin’ the Coast of Mis­sis­sippi for a fun-filled week, the AMSOIL INC. Road Tour heads west. One of our stops will be in the heart of Texas to see our Vin­tage Air friends in San An­to­nio. Our ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tion is Hunt­ing­ton Beach in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

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