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.
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 each 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'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 car and driver who can do this in the quickest time wins. Smoking the tires right up until the time you have to slam on the brakes is optional but will bring the most response from the crowd.
If participating in these two events sounds like something you need to do, your car 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 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 details. 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, so don't feel left out just yet. Stay tuned right here or keep an eye on our 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.