Friday Finale – Goodguys 2016 Hall of Fame Road Tour
October 01, 2016
John Drummond and Steven Bunker
Friday, September 30 – It’s a wrap! Our 1,700 mile, 7-day adventure is over. The Goodguys 2016 Hall of Fame Road Tour was by far the largest one to date with 75 cars and 150 friends blasting and bonding down America’s highways. Taking a 1,700-mile road trip with seven nights in hotels is a journey in itself. Do it in a hot rod and the fun factor is amplified times ten.
Today’s Texas tromp found us at the car collections of longtime hot rodder Don Smith and dear friend and fellow tourist Wayne Davis. While Smith’s collection is heavy on deuces, Davis’ place is filled with classics from decades of collecting and car auction horse tradin’. Both were over the top!
We then drove north and entered Texas Motor Speedway to widespread applause. The warm welcome made us feel like kings of the road. The journey, our journey, had reached its final furlong. Just like the silver screen, it was a happy ending.
Parting Shot…To all participants, sponsors, tour stop hosts and support trucks we thank you for making the Goodguys 2016 Hall of Fame Road Tour the best yet! Truly an unforgettable experience!
What we learned on tour:
This road trip taught us a lot. The first thing that comes to mind is just how many thriving companies and rod shops our industry has. Every facility we visited was stacked with cars in-progress, large-scale performance parts production, and evolving technology. Our hot rod industry has never seen days like this. Business is simply booming.
We also learned that our fraternity of fast friends is a tightly bonded brotherhood. Spending seven days together flogging our high-performance machines created a bond like no other. Getting to know each other over morning coffee, friendly highway jousts and throttle stomps, and nightly hotel parking lot parties have us all on a close-knit, first name basis. We are truly a family.
That bond was further solidified by the helpful hot rod shops, willing to do whatever it took to get a few of our ailing machines back up and on the road. They offered their expertise, shop equipment, and helping hands free of charge. Where else do you find that? And through it all, our rolling safety support trailers, driven by Danny Burrow and the Kaiser family, gave us an added feeling of security to pick us up when parts failed. The support trailers were supplied by two of hot rodding’s most prolific philanthropists – our hats are off to George Poteet and Harold and Tracy Chapman for their generosity.
Not only has George Poteet never missed a Goodguys Hall of Fame Road Tour, he supplies a support trailer to help fellow rodders in need. George is always helping fellow rodders!
Let’s hear it for the ladies! Tracy Chapman (left), Betty Howard and Janeen Drinkard are the owners and drivers of their respective tour cars. These gals know how to handle the wheel!
Harold Chapman said “If we’re doing a car show at BFGoodrich headquarters I should probably have clean whitewalls!”
Mike and Sara Kaiser along with their kids Hannah and little Hudson are driving a support rig supplies by Customs and Hot Rods of Andice in case anyone breaks down. Mike runs the shop at CHRA.
To all 16 of our tour stops and hosts – we thank you from the bottom of our stomachs. The meals and hospitality you provided made us feel like family. We are forever grateful to you all. To our official tour sponsors Sprayway and Griot’s Garage, we thank you for your alliances and support.
We now turn our sites toward the culmination of our journey – three perfect days in the great state of Texas at this weekend’s Goodguys Lone Star Nationals. If you can, come out to Texas Motor Speedway and meet the men and women who made this year’s Hall of Fame Road tour the best one yet.
Don Smith’s new facility, which houses his large collection, was our first stop of the day and marked the first time he opened his doors to a group such as ours. We cannot thank Don enough, we were blown away!
Dave Lane chats with Tom and Joanne Booth after arriving at Don Smith’s collection.
Our host – Dallas area hot rodding and drag racing legend, Don Smith. Nicest guy you’ll ever meet!
Who remembers these awards? Don and Boyd Coddington were close!
Don’s beautiful cars always do well at Goodguys events!
Heath Murray of Murray Custom Rods and his sweet ’51 Chevy. Heath builds and manages Don Smith’s Bonneville land speed cars.
Don’s car club, the Arlington Area Street Rods, brought out their cars for our visit. They have some nice stuff!
The Hemrod! Pinkees Rod Shop built this insanely cool ’32 Ford Tudor for Don a few years back. It was a top 5 finalist for Hot Rod of the Year.
Don Smith also has a huge interest in race cars! From the salt to asphalt, Smith has raced them all!
Smith picked up the Goodguys 2014 Street Rod of the Year title with his Hot Rods by JSK built ’32 Ford Sedan. It was also a Great 8 car in Detroit as well as the recipient of the Mothers Shine award at SEMA. A modern masterpiece!
Don’s ‘66 Chevy Nova was originally built by Roy Pigford and captured our Street Machine of the Year title back in 2004!
Wayne Davis’ place was our second stop of the day and the final stop of our Goodguys 2016 Hall of Fame Road Tour. Placed front and center was Davis’ ’55 Imperial Convertible that is in the running for the Custom Rod of the Year title this year – built by Rutterz Rodz.
Wayne Davis’ one-off custom Delahaye style coach built concourse car is powered by a BMW V12 engine
Wayne and Mary Ann Davis – our hosts. Thanks for the great Mexican lunch!
Just a few of our 2016 road warriors stacked up at Wayne Davis’ place
Wayne Davis’ “toy room” is what every little boy wishes their toy room will look like when they grow up! Because we never stop playing with toys
Lunch was served and everyone was in good company with some of Davis’ most prized possessions. 1946 Town & Country, one-off Concours car, and his latest 1955 convertible Chrysler Imperial.