A hot start to the Vintage Air Tour
by Jerry Dixey
The Vintage Air Road Tour is always one of the most popular weeks of the AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour Series. Rick Love from Vintage Air always has a great list of stops scheduled during the week. The Vintage Air Tour is usually held in June each year. This year Rick and Vintage Air President Jack Chisenhall decided it might be fun to go the the Shades of the Past event in Tennessee the weekend after Labor Day. It is a great event and besides the weather will be somewhat cooler in Texas in September than it is in June. Well they were right on one account. Shades of the Past in Pigeon Forge is always great. They were a little wrong about the temps in Texas.
On Saturday for the traditional wiener roast and kick-off participant party at Vintage Air headquarters in San Antonio the thermostat hit 103 degrees for the third day on a row. Fall was definitely not in the air. No problem. The Tour must go on and it did as about 35 of the registered 54 vehicles that were registered for the Tour arrived on time Saturday afternoon. The other folks will pick up the Tour along the route.
Vintage Air National Sales Manager George Packard gave us an in depth tour of the facilities. Since our visit last year a new coil manufacturing area has been set up and this gives Vintage Air complete vertical integration and in house production of the components used in their products. They are very proud of their continued Made in America commitment to their complete line of products.
After the shop tour Rick spoke to the participants in attendance and went over some important details of the up coming week. By sunset it was time to head back to the hotel. Everyone had their credentials, canvas Tour bag, hat and the important itinerary for our travels. We were scheduled to head out the next morning at 8:15am. Check back here often and see how the week progresses on the Vintage Air leg of the AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour.