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02-27-2007, 12:58 PM
This year I'm taking four months or so to travel to all the classic racetracks in North America hauling the race car of which I am the current caretaker of (Peyote) in an Airstream trailer I converted into a car hauler/camper (Nero). Peyote is a significant, though very homely car that raced at Road America and many other tracks across the midwest in the 60's. I have an overwhelming amount of information on the car on my blog (www.allaluminumtour.com) and more being added every day. It's a backyard special based on a 1959 Triumph TR3 built by Bill Ames in 1959 and raced throughout the midwest for many years.

Nero is an interesting device on its own. I got a little carried away building it. It's based on a 1989 34' Airstream Excella that I gutted and rebuilt as half garage, half living space. It's pretty cool--it was the center of a lot of attention during it's maiden voyage at the CSRG race at Infineon last year. There's a photo gallery here (https://www.allaluminumtour.com/album/).

What I'd like help with is ways to fill the schedule out (the current schedule is here (https://www.hawaiiv.com/allalum/?page_id=6)). I'm traveling 15000 miles in four months, and there's lots of time between races--even some weekend holes in the schedule. I'd like to see as much as I can. Car collector shows (especially favoring race cars), great garages, museums, collections, and great restaurants. My definition of a great restaurant is an unpretentious place with a great cook in back and a personable waiter(ess) out front.

I also have two developing holes in August--looks like I won't be racing at the VSCCA Summer Sprints at Lime Rock, and I can't find a race at Brainerd. Your suggestions are very welcome.

I'd also like any and all of your suggestions about things I should see or experience enroute. I'm probably passing near or through your home town at some point. What shouldn't I miss?

I've set up a special page in my blog called Schedule Additions (https://www.hawaiiv.com/allalum/?page_id=151) where you can leave your suggestions as comments. You don't have to register to leave a comment but it would be nice if you did so I can give credit where it's due and contact you if I have further questions. I'll also be checking back here for advice. thanks so much for the help


02-27-2007, 01:00 PM
Hmmm, the UBB code I embedded doesn't seem to be working. Perhaps someone can tell me why.

02-27-2007, 01:02 PM
Welcome, Bill! If you are in the Los Angeles area, don't miss the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Nethercutt Collection.

02-27-2007, 01:33 PM


If you are free, VRG (Vintage Racer Group) will be running some nice vintage events on the east coast.
I'll be running a number of their events with #11 (below).
Their website schedule can be found at:


Your Special reminds me of a similar-looking Special I've seen at the Lime Rock Vintage:


Great stuff on your web blog. Love that camper too. Stay in touch!

ps-just type in any web URLs and they will appear as links automatically...no need to add the embedded cobe.

02-28-2007, 02:35 PM
Welcome Bill; This is the place where people will tell you where to go at the drop of a wrench. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif That is some rig you have built, and the trip sounds like a fantastic way to spend the summer. I hope your wife & dog are making the trip, too.
Left you a comment/suggestion on your site. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/driving.gif

03-21-2007, 10:56 AM
Also, you might want to consider the 50th anniversary gathering at Virginia INternational Raceway near Danville, Virginia June 8-10. This is their annual Gold Cup gathering and will be a very worthwhile event to put on the schedule. Check it out on their website at https://www.virclub.com
for more information.