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Austin to Indy--1150 miles in a day with a hot rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rooman, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,052


    Joe Kerr and I decided to leave Austin on the Sunday morning following the Lone Star Roundup. We really would have preferred to stay for Sunday's activities but we both have our own businesses and needed to get back to work. If our trip down was somewhat leisurely this was going to be the exact opposite. All of the weather forecasts had rain and possibly a tornado in the mix with the worst predicted weather being to the south so we decided to run north to Oklahoma City and then up the turnpike through Missouri.
    We rolled out of the motel on the south side of Austin at 5.09 am and pulled up at Joe's shop at 12.59 am (Eastern) making it a 19 hour ride. We were both happy to finally be done with riding in a buggy sprung Model A with only a windshield but I have to say that the car is great. It never missed a beat and did not burn a drop of oil over the whole trip. Joe used less than a quart of oil to top up what tends to get pushed out of the valve cover breathers and apart from that all we did was feed it gas about every two hours--the tank only holds 12 gallons and a couple of times we put in 11.5 gallons of 93 octane when we stopped. We did not eat on the road, actually sitting down and relaxing a bit rather than making it a banzai run.
    Even with that proviso and the fact that we took a side trip to the Texas Motor Speedway we still averaged right at 60 mph for the trip.
    Anyway here are some pix of our trip.

    It was o' dark 30 when we left the motel and although we ran into one of the Rolling Bones cars in I-35 and ran with him for a while it was still too dark for effective photography

    We rolled around the west side of Dallas on I-35W and when we saw this sign and realized that the track location would coincide with a fuel stop we decided to have a look

    They do everything big in Texas and Bruton Smith's track is no exception

    Obligatory arty shot of the coupe

    They don't just do tracks big in Texas--this was one of two of these trailers that we passed just north of Fort Worth

    Even the go-kart tracks are a good size with nice amenities

    The only time that we spent time in traffic was at the toll plaza on the turnpike

    Once we got through that we were up to speed again

    We passed these guys in Joplin, MO

    I don't know if they don't have this sort of stuff in Oklahoma but as we rolled into Missouri just about every exit for quite a distance from the border had at least one if not more "adult" store

    Missouri is a little different too--never saw a vacuum cleaner museum before. They also have the world's largest rocking chair.
  2. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,052


    A normal stop for us, gas up and make sure that not too much oil has made it out of the breathers

    The previous pic was taken right on old Route 66

    Besides sex shops, vacuum cleaner museums, etc, Missouri also has less than imaginative road names

    My drag racing mate Les Turilli has more billboards for his Meramec Caverns than we could count

    We grabbed the cameras on the roll to get shots of this cool collection of "petrolinia"

    With megaphone collector open headers an i-pod is your best friend

    Note the cool cup holder

    Some more arty shots, this time as the sun dropped low in the sky. We had taken the top insert off once the sun was not overhead where it could bake us and that allowed me to shoot over the windshield header for the second photo


    These guys were going somewhere faster than us but I doubt that they were having as much fun.

    Late in the day we finally relented and hauled out the seat cushions for the final stages of the trip. They had been tucked behind the seat since we left Indy a week prior and until the prolonged trip home we had never felt the need to use them

    In closing I have to thank Joe for giving me the opportunity to make the trip with him in what is definitely one of the baddest hot rods on the planet. Despite its bare bones race car style, buggy springs and bias ply tires it really is a great open road car. Even running at over 80 mph it was getting 13-14 miles per gallon. More importantly, due to Joe's excellent construction and also his thorough preparation for the trip we had zero problems while putting over 2500 miles on the car.

  3. jonly
    Joined: Mar 15, 2010
    Posts: 215


    very cool pics, looks like quite an advneture.

    we stopped at the rocking chair and the vacuum museum. rocking chair was legit, but the vacuum 'museum' was a heavy sales push.
  4. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,695


    Sounds like a great time. I am not sure i could do 19 hours in any car let alone the hot rod but I would be willing to try

  5. mogara
    Joined: Mar 10, 2006
    Posts: 143


    Very cool, Rooman. Nice to see a real hot rod getting driven. It's truly a testament to Joe's build quality.
  6. deadendcruiser
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 691


    Wow. Sounds like an adventure. Thanks for sharing the story.
  7. cool trip man nice ride too.
    I made the trip last year in my henry J in 34 hours but I stopped in memphis for a few hours to rest .It is amazing the sites america has just off the road to funny
  8. lrs30
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,204

    from Kentucky

    Those pics don't do Joe's car justice.. It really is a top notch ride, from the BSM chop, to some of Joe's expert machine worked parts.. To the Perfect STANCE its is by far one of the baddest A's around........
  9. nolly
    Joined: May 14, 2007
    Posts: 225


    ...and the kool boots!!!:p

    Note the cool cup holder

  10. boutlaw
    Joined: Apr 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,226


    Great story, and fantastic car. I enjoyed the pictorial/write-up of this car in the March 2011 Street Rodder, and keep going back to the photos for ideas on my coupe. What a perfect hot rod! Maybe you could post some pics and info on the roll bar installed in this car as I will be adding one to my coupe and I would like to see the lower floor plates and gussets (if any) to the frame, as well as seat belt installation. I also wondered about the seat, looks comfortable, but 19 hours without a pad, whoo-wee......Anyway, thanks for the pics of the trip in the "perfect hot rod"!

  11. baby loves chrome
    Joined: Jul 23, 2009
    Posts: 347

    baby loves chrome

    Great, love the shots along with the story.
  12. Deuce Roadster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 9,519

    Deuce Roadster
    Member Emeritus

    Saw your GREEN truck in the photo coverage of the LSRU ...
    Did you and the boy get to go ??
    or did he leave you at home :(:eek:
  13. paintcan54
    Joined: Oct 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,100


    Roman good to see you and Joe made the trip home, told the wife that you had to get the cushions out, she said "well they aren't as bad ass as they think". Loved the ride home pics, see you guys around Indy soon, some place.
  14. That's a long trip in a bitchin' hot rod! That coupe looks even better in person.
  15. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,052


    I figured that if I was going to be in Texas I should wear cowboy boots. No stetson though, just my aussie stockman's hat.

  16. rat seeker
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 376

    rat seeker

    Great pictures, Thanks for posting
  17. Roo\Joe great story, great coverage again ... You build the best dragsters, and joe is building the badass hotrods,,,Brownsburg is so lucky..
  18. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,346


    I stopped in at that goofy vacuum cleaner museum once. It sucked.
  19. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,375

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    That little coupe rules... I'm in love with the front nerf bar...
  20. That car rules and the fact you did that trip in one day in that car makes you both Rulers!!!!
  21. hot-rod roadster
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,004

    hot-rod roadster
    from Omaha Ne.

    You guys rock. Sorry we missed ya Roo. That little coupe is badass. Gary
  22. Legendary Lars
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 534

    Legendary Lars

  23. Both of you, AND the "A" are totally bad ass!!. Loved the pics going and coming home. Thanks a bunch for posting.....Don.
  24. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,819

    from Indy

    great road trip story, glad everything went well
  25. trip...
    Joined: Aug 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,864


    Roo, was that you on my missed call from a Indiana number today?
  27. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,922


    Really great story, pictures, and car !!
    I love to see neat ol' "iron" that is driven, not just hauled around...
    Congrats on a trip I truely envy...:cool:
  28. Bad ass story !! Love the pics and sweet ass coupe!
  29. I love road trips, thanks for sharing.
  30. Roger O'Dell
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,145

    Roger O'Dell

    Beat ya we did 1435 miles in 24 hours, Austin to Canyon Lale, Ca.

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