At 7:30 AM, Danny
Zoeller, Ray Lark, and Jake Jacobs were bright eyed & ready
to take on the 1400 mile trip with about 1200 of them through
the desert; complete with plenty of cactus, tumbleweeds, ghost
towns, and varments.
At 7:31 AM, the
group starts forming in front of the Vintage Air building. There
are people and cars from as far away as Northern California, Idaho,
New Jersey, San Diego, etc. Kay Burrough’s well traveled 32 Roadster
is ready for another cross-country trek.
Behind Rick Findley’s
killer Roadster, you can see over 50 hotrods ready to leave Vintage
Air’s parking lot. Over 60 arrived at the Roadster Show, supporting
the Street Rodder Road Tour/Vintage Air leg motto:
“We leave no tourer behind”
Randy Clark from
San Diego, CA drove this 3-Window Coupe all the way to San Antonio,
TX and then joined our tour to find his way back to his home state.
The 2006 Road
Tour Car (1935 Chevy) and Rick Love’s fresh 5-Window Coupe look
ready to roll!
Matt Seger &
Family from Beeville, TX are veteran tourers in their 1963 Chevy
McKool and Randy
gassing up in Uvalde, TX.
How bout this
bunch; Vintage Air Sales Manager George Packard drove his 1932
5-Window Coupe helping (sometimes) Jake and Randy find their way
back to So-Cal.
& Real Hot Rodder Jimmie Vaughan stoked along in his1935
thing has a 300 C.I. flathead which took this trip with easy stride.
checking out the Pecos River bridge and Jake’s Panel.
Landis was trying
to tie a bungee cord to his ankle.
Landis and Maryland
Rodder Ellis Simmons.
Rick and Linda
Love at Judge Roy Bean’s office.
Jack and Landis
taking a break in the 102 degree sun.
Veteran New York
Rodder George Slover leads this pack of Hot Rods getting ready
to get back on the road.
The first night
stop was in Fort Davis, located in the Davis Mountains of West
Texas. Landis crashes after the long day of activities and the
afterhours star party”, where our group had exclusive access to
the MT Davis Observatory Telescopes; some of the most powerful
in the United States. Some of our hotel rooms were houses in the
small mountain town of Ft. Davis.
belonging to Texas Rodder, Ray Simons on its first long haul.
It made the trip with no problems and lots of good times.
was blown away when Ron Clappper brought Jorge Zaragoza’s bitchin’
Brizio built 1936 Ford 3-Window. Landis is in the middle of his
own 1936 Ford 3-Window project and a ride in jorge’s coupe made
“This is definitely me”
Dirt devils and
twisters were out in force on the road in West Texas and New Mexico.
Vintage Air Sales
Manager George Packard in his 1932 Ford 5-Window headed West.
West in Arizona.
Vintage Air Vice
President Rick and Linda Love leading our parade 100 miles from
Brent Vandervort cruising with veteran Indy Car wrench Lew Parks
in Brent’s fresh track style 34 Sedan.
Danny Zoeller and legendary Hot Rodder Tex Smith enjoy the comfort
of Danny’s Woody.
The other side
of the Surf Woody
Brian Bell in his Auburn Boat-tail is a long way from water, but
having a great cruise. Brian made several of the tours this year.
Brent’s Hot Hot
Rod carrying the gear with the windows up and cool to boot. Check
out the bitchin 1930’s Vintage Champ Car Dayton wire wheels.
San Antonio TX
Rodder Ray Simons stylin in the Arizona heat. It is about 112
Rick and Linda
Love staying cool and making the long haul.
Don’t shake up
these Arizona balanced rocks on IH-10.
The Sierra Mountain
range in southern Arizona supports many local legends of “Range
Lore” and the Old West.
Entry to the
PIMA Air and Space Museum.
he needs a few old airplane parts for a future project. How would
this steering wheel look in a cool 1936 Ford 3-Window?
turret of a B-17 empty
turret of a B-17 with gunner crewman in position. “And we were
complaining that we needed to stretch our legs.”
briefs the troops on B-17 operations.
station on the B-17
Same B-17 with
Air Force “Wildcat”
fighter recovered from waters of Lake Michigan where it rested
for over 50 years.
Cool old stuff
for sale at this museum.
Close up of some
of the Vintage parts.
We stopped for
a visit and a great meal at Hi Speed Rod & Custom in Tucson.
The re-modeled 1950’s bread factory is Super Cool!! Hi-Speed is
a full service speed shop that can do almost anything.
featured several finished Hot Rods for sale, including this neat
1935 Ford 3-Window.
South Superstition Mountains. More 112 degree temperatures and 60 miles to So-Cal
Speed Shop- Phoenix.
Cool Hot Rod
stuff at So-Cal Speed Shop- Phoenix. Bitchin Roadster Crew Truck
and a great dinner. Still enjoying the 112 degree weather.
and Street Rodder Tech Editor, Ron Ceridono at breakfast stop
at Ray and Karen Doe’s new business location for RB’s Obsolete
in West Phoenix.
Landis and Tex
Smith about face waiting for the Sunset.
Photo opportunity: Jake heads north to the High Desert while Tex
Smith rides on to LA with McKool and Landis.
Well, we all
know where Jake is headed!!
on the last leg, to begin his ride home to Apple Valley, CA.
in Palm Springs pepper the landscape.
dotted with power generating Windmills
Landis some of his handiwork at Marcell’s Metal Craft
A Roadster in
Museum Tour started with a once in a lifetime tour of the museum
archives. The hidden treasures, all of which will at one time
or another be on exhibit upstairs. The special showing was an
unexpected treat for the Street Rodder Road Tour Group set up
by the Museum Curator. We thought you might like to see some of
this neat stuff!!
From Steve McQueen’s
famous leap in the movie “The Great Escape”. The motorcycle that
was used in that scene was in a special storage area.
blue 3-Window Coupe that I have not personally seen since a Houston
car show in 1961. This custom-nosed version of the car was also
featured on a Beach Boys’ album cover for “Little Deuce Coupe”.
Before 1961 this car had a different look, sporting a sectioned
Landis must have
liked this Deuce by the look on his face.
Famous Old Yellar
IV road race Hot Rod with Buick engine took on the Ferraris in
the late 50’s & 60’s and as often as not, won. These cars
were called “specials” in the day. That is what I was thinking
when I started my Studebaker “Cool 200” project and a few other
things as well.
were often used in Cunningham road race cars like this one.
race car, one of many produced by Briggs Cunningham for a rare
American effort in the European dominated post-WWII Road Race
Twin Engine Custom from the early car show days.
300SL Coupe that belonged to a famous actor.
A 1930’s Figoni
& Filachi styled Delahaye. These cars influenced early Rot
Rodders to channel & chop the windshields on their roadsters.
Still looks pretty good to us!!
Italian Ghia probably gave a few customizers ideas when it showed
up in Hollywood in the early 50’s.
What is it?
1956 T-Bird. Doane was one of the Hot Rodders (Doan Spencer Roadster
came before this car) that got involved in the road racing wave
in the postwar 50’s.
at sports car shops in Hollywood building and tuning sports cars
for team owners. He applied what he learned along the way to his
own hot rod race cars- which were more “specials” than traditional
Hot Rods that were influenced by Dry Lakes and Southern California
Doane was working
on this T-Bird when he died in August of 1995.
The Mach 5 from
the popular “Speed Racer” cartoon
Olds Aurora powered
Shelby Series One Car- Built by Carroll Shelby Cars in a series
of 500 of them.
Each Series I
vehicle had a Vintage Air performance air conditioning system
in it. It was a great project and some of our employees still
have their Shelby Series One Development Team jackets.