Amazing day three on the Sherm’s Tour
by Jerry Dixey
It would be hard to put together a better day than we had on Saturday. Under sunny Southern California skies and 80 degree temperatures we visited an automotive museum, an amazing build shop and one of the finest collections of automobiles and automobilia that we have seen in a very long time.
Our day started with a quick drive from our hotel in Burbank to the Petersen Automobile Museum. Our drive took us through Hollywood and down Wilshire Boulevard to the Petersen. Originally funded by Robert Petersen of Petersen Publishing the museum tells the story of automobiles in American life with an emphasis on hot rods, custom and performance vehicles. The three floors contain displays that cover many aspects of our car culture society. After our museum visit many of us grabbed a burger and fries at the Johnny Rockets restaurant attached to The Petersen.
From The Petersen it was a 40 minute to Signal Hill shop of Hot Rods and Hobbies. Owner Scott Bonowski and his talented crew did the paint work on our 1940 Ford coupe. The copper color and the quality of the job was one of the most commented areas of the year’s tour car. The facility at Hot Rods and Hobbies is truly state of the art and when we visited it was filled with projects.
It was then a short drive to Huntington Beach and the headquarters of Surf City Garage, the official car care company of the 2012 AMSOIL/ Street Rodder Road Tour. We were greeted
by CEO Tim Miller and Amy Miller who heads up the public relations department at Surf City Garage. We then spent time seeing on of the finest car and automobila collections in the country. From muscle cars of the 60′s and 70′s to classic Harley -Davidson motorcycles and vintage neon signs the Surf City Garage Collection was amazing. Tim took the time to discuss his treasures and everyone on hand was very impressed with the rarity and quality of the items on display. Many thanks to Tim for sharing his collection with us.