Just in case you haven't already heard or read about it in the magazine, Rod & Custom will be heading back to the Nebraska State Fair Park in Lincoln, Nebraska, the weekend of June 29 to July 1 for the 2007 Americruise, and CLASSIC TRUCKS will be joining the show as well!.
During the event, we'll once again have driving activities that'll keep you entertained. The first driving event will be an autocross course set up with cones in the parking lot. Each driver will be timed on every lap through the course, and not surprisingly, the fastest time wins bragging rights and a trophy. If it's anything like last year, it'll be as much fun for the spectators as the drivers, as we're sure there will be plenty of tire smoke and wild action.
The opportunity to test your car or truck's acceleration and braking will be available during the Go & Whoa contest. Your reaction time will be important as you accelerate in a straight line (we hope) and brake just in time to stop within a preset area marked with two lines. The vehicle and driver who can do this in the quickest time wins. Smoking the tires right up until you have to slam on the brakes is optional, but it will bring the most response from the crowd.
If participating in these two events sounds like something you need to do, your truck must have seatbelts and go through a quick inspection to make sure it has stuff like working brakes and throttle return springs. If you have a roadster or convertible and you want to participate, you'll need to bring a helmet (you know how insurance companies get).
As for the tours driving to the event, we're trying to get four legs heading toward Lincoln, which will start sometime around June 23, depending on the distance needed to travel. Details are still coming together, so check back here to get the latest. As of right now, we have Painless Performance Products signed on to lead a tour out of Fort Worth, Texas. We're still planning the route, but the start date looks to be Wednesday, June 27.
The West Coast tour has been getting some discussion around the office, but nothing is nailed down just yet, although some of the staff will most likely be leaving from Southern California and possibly heading north to take a different route than last year.
An East Coast tour is being kicked around also, so don't feel left out just yet. Stay tuned right here, or keep an eye on Rod & Custom's Web site, www.rodandcustommagazine.com, for more details as they become available.
We're looking forward to another great cruise across the country and winding up back in Lincoln. Hope you can come along!
Truck of the Year Awards
When we decided to hand out a Truck of the Year Award at last year's event, we knew we wanted the winners to have to earn it. This year we've expanded it to two categories: Truck of the Year Early (sponsored by CLASSIC TRUCKS) and Truck of the Year Late (sponsored by Custom Classic Trucks). Truck of the Year Early is open to pre-'48 Ford and pre-'47 Chevy (the same era for Dodge and other makes) trucks; the Late category is post-'47.
Entrants who want to participate will need to be at the Americruise on Friday by noon and will be parked in a specified area. The R&C staff will select the Top Five in each class based on the following judged categories:- Exterior Design
- Fit and Finish
- Engine Compartment
Once the Top Fives have been selected, it'll start getting interesting. They willeach be run through a safety inspection, and then they will make some timed runs through the autocross course, do a 0-40-mph acceleration test and a 40-0-mph brake test on Saturday. The best vehicle in each event will be awarded 100 points, and the rest will be awarded a percentage of points based on how close they were to the best time. On Saturday night, these 10 cars will be required to participate in a cruise (Reliability Test) to somewhere in Lincoln. The cruise will be pass or fail-if you make it, you get 100 points, if not, you get none. Sound fair? Hope so!