The 2016 Street Rodder Road Tour has begun its 21st season and AMSOIL employees got a thrill when Jerry Dixey and his Road Tourians pulled in to the AMSOIL Center this week for a tour of the plant and fellowship over a meal.
This leg of the road tour, sponsored by AMSOIL and Ford Performance, began in St. Paul, Minn., and is using the Twin Cities as a hub to visit various sites in our region. Thirty-three vehicles were registered for the Minnesota Street Rod Association (MSRA) tour. Nearly 75 percent of the folks signed up have been on previous tours. It is a testament to the fun that folks have on the Road Tours.
On Saturday they attended a vintage bike show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and had a chance to scope out the special area where the Road Tour will be setting up its hospitality tent this weekend at Back to the ’50s near the grandstands. (AMSOIL will have a large display at Lot 11. If you are able to attend please visit with us while there.) A cookout that evening gave everyone on the tour a chance to get to know each other a bit.
Sunday, Jerry Dixey led them to Fountain City, Wis., to see the remarkable pedal car collection of Elmer and Bernadette Duellman, along with a host of other kinds of vehicles. It’s possibly the largest of its kind in the world.
Monday, the Road Tour headed south to Clear Lake, Iowa, and the Surf Ballroom where on Feb. 2, 1959 Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper played their last concert before their fatal plane crash – a.k.a. the “day the music died.” The Surf Ballroom has featured all kinds of major performers since opening in the 1930s. Today it remains a touchstone for rock ‘n roll history buffs. From here the tour drove to the crash site in a cornfield just outside of town.
Tuesday, the Road Tour came to the Northland to the cities of Superior, Wis., and Duluth, Minn. They were greeted here by our car show team and a number of AMSOIL employees who gave a warm welcome and proceeded to give them a tour of our massive facility. AMSOIL has been a major part of the Road Tour for more than seven years. In addition to touring the plant where AMSOIL products are blended and bottled for distribution all over the world, they had a chance to see our mechanical test lab and get treated to some great pizza. Everyone on the tour received an AMSOIL hat and a case of AMSOIL Z-Rod motor oil. It was a great visit to a company that takes an active part in all facets of our collector car hobby and keeps our machines well lubricated.
From AMSOIL it was a short drive to Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth. Cirrus is an innovative manufacturer of light aircraft, famous for making planes equipped with parachutes that can float the plane to the ground in case of engine failure or emergency. Many deadly crashes have been averted and lives saved.
The big event this weekend will be Back to the ’50s, an amazingly large car show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. What makes Back to the ’50s unique, besides being the largest show of its kind in the country each year, is that the entire event is assembled and managed by a dedicated team of volunteers.
Kudos to the MSRA for their dedication and hard work to make this all possible.