Las Vegas, SEMA and the Goldstrom Collection
by Jerry Dixey
By Wednesday afternoon it was time to get to our ultimate destination of Las Vegas and the SEMA Show. From Lake Havasu it was about a three hour drive and we all rolled into the Gold Coast Casino by mid afternoon. Mary Ann and I attended the Hot Rod Industry Alliance gathering Wednesday evening where I was very surprised and honored to receive the Street Rodding Achievement Award for 2012 presented by the National Street Rod Association. It was a great honor and truly appreciated.
On Thursday morning we headed to the show. The SEMA Show is huge and exhibits and displays cover the areas both outside and inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. Our badges gave us total access to all areas of the show. It was great to see this year’s 1940 Ford built by Troy Ladd and the Hollywood Hot Rod crew on display in the Ford display. There was plenty for everyone to see and do at the show.
At 4pm as planned we all gathered back at the Gold Coast to make the short drive to see the amazing collections of Art and Shirley Goldstrom. We have visited with the Goldstroms I’m the past and daughter Cherie invited us to stop again this year. Art has been a car guy and collector his entire life. His car collection covers a wide range including street rods, customs, muscle cars and drag racers. It also has a wheel chair powered by a V-8 engine if he ever decided to slow down a little. Shirley is a collector also and her tastes lean to autographed guitars and sports memorabilia. It is not often you get a chance to see an autographed Jimi Hendrix guitar. We all gathered for a group photo after our visit. Many thanks to all of the Goldstoms for their fantastic hospitality.
Friday we all drove our cars to the Convention Center. We had special parking and it was a great way for us to showcase our vehicles. At 4pm we gathered back at the cars and many of us participated the SEMA Cruise where the vehicles that have been on display at the show all get to drive by a huge crowd that had gathered to see the roll out take place. It was an honor to be invited to participate.
It was an amazing week on the Sherm’s Custom Plating Tour. Many thanks to Gary, Dave and Art from Sherm’s for supporting the Road Tour as Official Chrome Player and Tour Sponsor. Also a huge thank you to the entire SEMA organization for permitting us to attend the show. This was a Road Tour that will be talked about for a long time.