It’s no secret that we love being on the road, and for the past month we’ve done just that. From East Coast car shows to Midwestern drag races and more, it’s been an especially jam-packed summer for the entire TRJ team. In addition to wrapping up issue #82, we’ve traveled to Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois and plenty of places in between. With summer coming to a close, we figured now is the perfect time to share some highlights from our month on the move.
Stop 1: Kentucky
Every August, we make our annual trek to Louisville, Kentucky, for the NSRA Street Rod Nationals. Now in its 50th year, the show brought nearly 13,000 rods, customs and street machines to the Kentucky Expo Center for an unforgettable week of fun. The NSRA wasn’t the only one celebrating a milestone, either. August 2019 marks 25 years of The Rodder’s Journal, and there was no better place to celebrate than at the Nats.
Stop 2: Missouri & Illinois
The Midwest is a hotbed of hot rodding, and we jetted off to the Show Me State for a week of wrenching, exploring and racing. The trip started with some late nights in the Giacalone family garage in Illinois, and by early Friday we hit the road riding shotgun in Michael Starr’s ’39 Ford Tudor. With our sights set on the H.A.M.B. Drags in Asbury, Missouri, we motored across the state, stopping at Route 66 landmarks, unsuccessfully dodging rain, swinging by the Springfield swap meet and visiting George “The Bushmaster” Schreiber’s racing museum just outside of Joplin.
The following day, stormy weather cut into the action at Mo-Kan Dragway but certainly didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. We spent the afternoon pressed against the guardrail photographing everything from Gassers and Altereds to supercharged slingshots in motion.
After the drags, we paid a visit to Bob Rothenberg. Bob is a longtime St. Louis hot rodder responsible for a string of award-winning machines ranging from a ’32 Ford three-window Gasser (TRJ #16) to an all-steel, big block Chevy-powered ’33 Willys (that we featured in our Facebook Live interview here). We’ll have more on our Missouri trip in an upcoming issue of TRJ.
Stop 3: Pennsylvania
streaked down the track in Missouri, 2,000 rods and customs rolled into York,
Pennsylvania, for the first ever Goodguys Great American Nationals. Despite
cloudy skies, we were impressed with the quality and quantity of cars in
attendance. We can’t wait for next year!
Stop 4: California
Back in California, hot rods took to the fairway at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Although the daylong show is best known for its breathtaking display of exotic and antique automobiles along the Pacific coast, this year’s Hot Rod Cover Car class drew plenty of attention. Out of the eight historic Fords, Ross Myers’ freshly restored “Kookie Kar” won best in class, while the Eddie Dye roadster netted second and Bruce Meyer’s “Nickel Roadster” placed third. Congratulations to everyone involved. —Joey Ukrop
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