Goodguys 2016 Hall of Fame Road Tour Day 5 – Motate to Mississippi!
September 29, 2016
John Drummond and Steven Bunker
Wednesday, September 28th – This morning dawned bright and sunny in Tuscaloosa, Alabama – home of the world famous Alabama Crimson Tide. While it would be fun to stick around for Saturday’s big game against Kentucky, our group got off to an early morning start with a visit to the BFGoodrich tire plant and warehouse here in Tuscaloosa.
While the massive facility is by far the largest stop of the tour, BFG is in the process of expanding it even more. One of just two BFG plants in the United States, it was the perfect opportunity to bring our cars for a parking lot social and talk tire tread. As the factory workers began to stream outside for a look at our motorcade, it became clear it was the highlight of their day. They loved it!
BFGoodrich served up hundreds of cups of coffee and fresh pastries.
Once we finished burning rubber with BFG, we motated west across state lines to Meridian, Mississippi to visit our friends at Mike Goldman Customs. Mike, Talbert, Sheri and the MGC crew were ready for us with lunch and smiles. We got the chance to look around their impressive shop and relax in the warm southern sun. Their compound is in a park-like setting, which makes it feel like a picnic.
Home to many award winners, the Goldman’s broke through in 2013 when Talbert’s ’49 Studebaker pickup won Goodguys Truck of the Year-Early. In 2014, Gary Brown’s MGC-built ’57 Chevy pickup won Goodguys Truck of the Year-Late. The hits kept coming as they also scored Street Machine of the Year honors in 2015 with Sonny and Debbie Freeman’s white ’67 Corvette. On the heels of all that, they also built our Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway Roadster, which was won earlier this summer by Gaylord Schroeder.
Talbert Goldman greeted the Road Tour guests as they arrived at Mike Goldman Customs.
We were long overdue to visit the Goldman’s and it made for a great afternoon. We then legged it further west to Vicksburg for the night. It all made for a memorable and wide open Wednesday!
No real mechanical issues to report other than Bob Johnson needing to get the tires re-balanced on his Chevy wagon. One more note. The weather was spectacular today with crystal blue skies, low humidity, and temperatures in the mid-80s.
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Tom and Joanne Booth – 1966 Oldsmobile 442
Harold Chapman said “If we’re doing a car show at BFGoodrich headquarters I should probably have clean whitewalls!”
Chevy takeover! Headed west on I-20 outside Tuscaloosa, AL
Our tour made a stop at the Tuscaloosa BFGoodrich tire plant. A good portion of the factory workers came out to check out our cars during their morning break. It was the highlight of their day.
Old school and new school Ford giveaway cars! Who’s going to win the 1963 1/2 Galaxie and the 2016 Ford GT Mustang?? Both feature Ford Coyote V8 power!
We spotted this ’57 Plymouth out back of Mike Goldman Customs. Torsion bars for the win!
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!
This ’67 Ford ragtop had laser straight lines. Should be bitchin’!
Talbert won Goodguys 2013 Truck of the Year Early with his ’49 Studebaker pickup. Still looks fresh!
The Mike Goldman Customs crew served us a fantastic southern lunch with all the fixin’s.
We spotted this Coyote powered Ford Thunderbird in the early stages of its transformation.
Tour participants mingled in the Mike Goldman Customs fab shop.
Sonny Leonard’s fresh ’33 Ford Coupe is another masterpiece from Mike Goldman Customs! It runs 427 Chevy big block power and those bronze wheels by Curtis Speed grab lots of looks.
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.
Jasmin and Ness Feliciano from Chicago are having a blast on their first Goodguys Hall of Fame Road Tour in Ness’ DSE-equipped ’69 Camaro. At the end of each day they eat dinner then Jasmin does her 7th grade homework to stay current in her classes. She is such a trooper! After each day’s drive, she cleans the Camaro like a champ!
Bruce and Judy Ricks in their Olds wagon lead Steve and Beth Legens in the Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway Galaxie on the streets of Tuscaloosa, AL. Roll Tide!