Goodguys 2021 Hall of Fame Road Tour – Trekking the Rocky Mountains in Vintage Classics
We’re still riding the high from the Goodguys 2021 Rocky Mountains Hall of Fame Road Tour! The sights, the people, and the memories made are exactly what a Goodguys road tour is all about. The 2021 Hall of Fame Road Tour was a 9-day, 2,200-plus mile journey that departed from Salt Lake City, Utah, and ventured to Fort Worth, Texas, taking a very scenic and meandering route through the Rocky Mountain region before arriving at the Goodguys 28th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals.
This was anything but a straight-shot, get-there-as-quickly-as-possible blast down major Interstates. The journey itself was a key part of the attraction. After spending a day in Salt Lake City checking out the Utah Motorsports Campus and Streamline Custom Designs, our group of roughly 50 hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, and classic trucks ventured north to Jackson, Wyoming after visiting HS Customs in Logan, Utah. From Jackson, the tour entered the Grand Teton National Forest on its way to Yellowstone National Park before visiting the impressive Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum in Cody, Wyoming on day three. Day four led us through Hot Springs State Park and the scenic Wind River Canyon as we traveled down to Rawlins, Wyoming.
On day five we hit the Rocky Mountains and covered some miles through Steamboat Springs to get to Pinkee’s Rod Shop & Mash Lab Brewing for dinner and drinks in Loveland, Colorado. The next morning, we backtracked into the Rocky Mountains to visit Estes Park, Colorado to see the popular Stanley Hotel (as seen in movies like The Shining and Dumb and Dumber), eventually making our way to Breckenridge, Colorado, which sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains Tenmile Ridge at 9,600-foot elevation.
Now at a week on the road, for day seven the group made its way to Pueblo, Colorado and had a choice of visiting the Garden of the Gods or making the trip up to the summit of Pikes Peak. After making that first stop everyone reconvened at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, which is a quarter mile deep and quarter mile wide canyon with the Arkansas River flowing below.
The final two days were some of the longest daily miles logged as we left Pueblo, Colorado and drove through a corner of New Mexico before entering Texas. We took a scenic drive along the Highway of Legends outside of Pueblo and rolled into Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo to make our mark on the buried Caddys. With Texas on our mind, we headed toward our tour destination of Fort Worth on the final day while stopping at Bob Owens’ Salvage Yard and Half Pint Taproom in Wichita Falls for one last group meal before rolling into Painless Performance for an open house and the Lone Star Nationals event official kickoff party.
As you can see from the attached videos and photos this was a road trip that will not be easily forgotten. If you’ve never done it before, you need to spend a week driving your old hot rod down the open road. Not only will you get a new appreciation for your classic ride, but you will be reminded why you’ve invested time, money, and energy into keeping it on the road. Remember…Ya Gotta Drive ’Em!
2021 Hall of Fame Road Tour Photo Extra!
Photos by Steven Bunker & Damon Lee