Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day #2 of the Tour: Off to Richfield, Utah

All participants of the Street Rodder Road Tour met in the parking structure at the Palms Casino for our driver's meeting. After the meeting we all cruised up the I-15 to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a tour of the racing facilities and the adjacent headquarters of Shelby America.
Our guides took us up in a luxury box for a view of the entire Nascar track. We also enjoyed a quick lap around the Bullring racetrack in our tour van.

The next stop was the headquarters for Shelby America. We were not allowed to take photos inside the production rooms, but there were quite a few Shelby vehicles on display in the showroom.
One cool part of the town was the autograph wall. Since customers always asked for him to sign their Shelby vehicles he asks everyone that goes on the tour to sign the walls. You will see my name on the wall above.
Golden Shine Tour participants were given the option to stay on I-15 all the way to Richfield or take the slower, more scenic route through Zion National Park. We took the drive through Zion and it was well worth it. There were plenty of long tunnels and windy roads, but it was a sight to see.

On the way to Richfield, Pops spotted a junkyard full of classic Chevys. So of course we had to get out and take a tour. Terry, the owner of Another Man's Treasure was friendly enough to show us around.

There are a bunch of the cars on the drive, so everyone splits up along the way. We cruised with a few other cars most of the day. By the time we hit Panguitch we were ready for some pizza.
After our break, we kept driving through small town after small town along Route 89. It was great to see all the small towns, old farms, rivers and streams along the highway.

We finally made it to Richfield, Utah for the night. Just in time to get some dinner at the only restaurant still open down the street. A few of our fellow drivers had some mechanical issues along the way, but at least we all made it to Richfield.
Wednesday, we are off to Moab and the Arches National Park on the way to Grand Junction, Colorado. Once there, we will be checking out some classic cars and monuments.

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