Rodfather/Goodguys Road Tour Takes 100 Hot Rodders on Cross-Country Trek This Fall

Jun 23, 2012

Andy Brizio and Gary Meadors will lead a pack of seasoned hot rodders on a nearly 2,000-mile tour from Utah to Indianapolis, Goodguys has announced.

The tour, named the “Rodfather/Goodguys Road Tour,” will leave the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on Friday, Sept. 14 and will arrive in Indianapolis in time for the Goodguys 2nd WIX Filters Speedway Nationals, which runs Sept. 21-23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The first leg of the Rodfather Goodguys Road Tour starts Friday, Sept. 14 and runs through Thursday, Sept. 20 with a total distance of approximately 1,932 miles.

It includes stops at Kindig-it Design in Salt Lake City; Wyotech in Laramie, Wyoming; Pinkee’s Rod Shop in Loveland, Colorado; Speedway Motors and Kuck Motorsports in Lincoln, Nebraska; The Dennis Albaugh Collection in Ankeny, Iowa; Heidt’s Hot Rods & Muscle Car Parts in Wauconda, Illinois; The Roadster Shop in Mundelein, Illinois; Billet Specialties in La Grange, Illinois; Rad Rides by Troy in Manteno, Illinois; The Richard Munz Collection in Madison, Wisconsin; and the Indycar race shop of Dryer & Reinbold in Indianapolis.

Brizio and Meadors will also lead the return trip, which leaves Indianapolis on Sunday, Sept. 23 following the Speedway Nationals and cruises through Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Brizio and Meadors have been at forefront of the hot rodding scene for the last four decades.

Brizio, 80, is calling the trip his last hurrah. Since his first cross-country trip to Peoria, Illinois, in 1970 (which he made in his AMBR-winning candy-colored 1923 Ford T-bucket), he’s made more than two dozen such trek’s in a variety of rods including his mount for the last 20 years, a flaming-purple 1932 Ford Hi-Boy roadster built by his son Roy Brizio.

Known worldwide as “The Rodfather,” Brizio has never shied away from his passion for driving show winning rods long distances.

“I wanted to prove to people that you could drive these kinds of cars to car shows,” he told Goodguys.

Meadors is the founder and chairman of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, and has racked up well over 200,000 miles over the years riding to Goodguys events from coast to coast in hot rodded roadsters, coupes and Cadillacs.

Like Brizio, his cars have never seen a trailer.

“You’re not getting’ the most out of a hot rod if you’re not driving it down the back roads of America” he told Goodguys.

He and Brizio have been friends since they met in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s and have toured the world promoting hot rods.

“Andy is truly the man,” Meadors told Goodguys. “Guys have always flocked to his events and road trips because since day one he’s been an unquestioned leader in our hobby. His passion for these cars is genuine and everyone knows it.”

Route 2 Media, which specializes in capturing the beauty of classic American cars on the road, will document every mile of the trip with video footage to be made into a feature-film-style presentation.

The Goodguys Gazette team will also provide extensive coverage of the journey. A daily blog and a satellite “spot tracker” will let fans and enthusiasts throughout the world follow the tour live online.

Daily tour sponsors include WIX Filters, Auto Trader Classics, Grundy Worldwide Insurance, Speedway Motors and Billet Specialties.

For more information, visit www.rodfathertour.com.