On the Road

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♦ With the 2018 United Pa­cific/STREET ROD­DER Road Tour sea­son barely in our rearview mir­ror, it is al­ready time to start think­ing about our 2019 sched­ule. We will be cel­e­brat­ing 24 years of Road Tour ad­ven­tures, and I thought it might be in­ter­est­ing to get some in­put from our read­ers and the folks who have spent many miles on past Road Tours with me.

Our car for 2019 is go­ing to be a 1955 Ford sedan built cus­tom style by Troy Ladd and his fan­tas­tic crew at Hol­ly­wood Hot Rods in Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia.

Since the car is go­ing to be on the West Coast, I thought maybe we should start at the L.A. Road­sters Fa­ther’s Day Show in June. With the L.A. Road­sters back at the reins of the event, I think we could get a spe­cial place for our group to park. From there it could be a cross-coun­try boo­gie to the MSRA Back to the 50’s in St. Paul. What do you think? Too far?

In July, we will def­i­nitely be back in Syra­cuse for the week lead­ing up to the Syra­cuse Na­tion­als. They will be cel­e­brat­ing their 20th an­niver­sary, and they want us to be a part of the cel­e­bra­tion. At the end of July, we will be back in Lin­coln, Ne­braska, to kick off the Speed­way Mo­tors Tour to the 50th NSRA Street Rod Na­tion­als in Louisville. The Na­tion­als is go­ing to be huge as we all cel­e­brate a half-cen­tury of fun with cars, NSRA style.

We have to be in Detroit for the Wood­ward Dream Cruise. With 40,000 cars and about 1 mil­lion peo­ple, we want to be a part of that party. We had so much fun in Nash­ville this year over La­bor

Day Week­end that we have de­cided to go back to Mu­sic City to give a cow­boy boot kick­off to the Shades of the Past Tour to Pi­geon Forge. The Hot Rod Roundup in Pi­geon Forge has be­come the place to be the Fri­day and Satur­day after La­bor Day.

Cruisin’ the Coast is an event like no other in the coun­try. For one full week, about 90 miles of Mis­sis­sippi Gulf Coast turns into the World’s Largest Block Party. We will be back in Biloxi, Mis­sis­sippi, for the whole week and Rick Love, Jack Chisen­hall, and the Vin­tage Air Tour is com­ing in to join us in the fes­tiv­i­ties.

With so many of us in Mis­sis­sippi, we should go some­where after the Cruisin’ the Coast party. This year we headed west to Cal­i­for­nia. Maybe for 2019 we will take the Sherm’s Cus­tom Plat­ing Tour west, but make it a Run to the Sun for that big event in Lake Havasu City, Ari­zona. Is there any­one up for that chal­lenge?

We have some choices to make. Let me know your thoughts. Send your thoughts to road­[email protected] streetrod­der­web.com. I can­not guar­an­tee that I can an­swer all the emails, but I will cer­tainly read them and con­sider your sug­ges­tions. Should we make some long-dis­tance runs in 2019, or do you like the weeks we spend in one lo­ca­tion? I have to de­cide fairly soon, so get those sug­ges­tions in ASAP.

The sched­ule will be at streetrodder.com and reg­is­tra­tion will open in Jan­uary. I hope you will join us on the 24th edi­tion of STREETRODDER’s Road Tour.

2019ROAD TOUR

■ Dur­ing the 2019 sea­son there are a num­ber of mile­stones that will be cel­e­brated. The Syra­cuse Na­tion­als turns 20 and the NSRA Street Rod Na­tion­als cel­e­brates 50 years of be­ing the Grand­daddy of all rod runs. The STREET ROD­DER Road Tour will spend its 24th edi­tion trav­el­ing to these and many other events.

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