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The 5 Hot Rod Pilgrimages We Want to Make

The buzz of another holiday season is upon us.

Busy, busy, busy.

But before long, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s will be behind us.

And that bug will start biting. Not all of you get it. But some of you will.

Road trip!

Or, if you’ll indulge us, a pilgrimage. You know, because it’s Thanksgiving. Pilgrims? Pilgrimage? No?

There are a lot of wonderful places in this world.

But where can we go that revolves around our love of the automobile?

We thought of a few.

Bandimere Speedway


Just outside of Morrison, CO lives a dragstrip. Thunder Mountain.

Formally, Bandimere Speedway.

A place where the cars run slower due to the loss of downforce in the thinner air at high altitudes.

You want to go watch slower cars!?!?” you might be thinking.

Psssssst. To the naked eye, a 320-miles-per-hour pass still looks really fast.

And you know what else looks awesome to the naked eye?


We want to visit Thunder Mountain.

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing

don garlits museum

Everyone who has ever spent any time around drag racing has heard of “Big Daddy” Don Garlits.

Many consider him the father of Top Fuel drag racing.

In Ocala, FL, the Don Garlits museum honors the history of drag racing with the largest collection of drag-racing awesomeness anywhere

And just in case you’re not a diehard drag-racing fan, Garlits put together one of the finest classic car museums as well.

Even people who don’t like cars like classic cars.

And while Florida is capable of some chilly days during the winter months, we’re comfortable reporting from northern Ohio that even the lousiest winter day in the Sunshine State tends to deliver more smiles and opportunity then the icy gray tundra on which our igloos reside.

We’re exaggerating.

But not about the awesomeness of Garlits’ museum. We’re going.

The National Corvette Museum

corvette musuem

Not everyone loves the Chevrolet Corvette.

Though we’re not sure why, we accept this as fact. And since Chevy has graced our lives with the new C7 Stingray for 2014, this seems like as good of opportunity as any to visit Bowling Green, KY, tour the Corvette Museum and manufacturing facility, and pick up our brand new Corvettes!

Don’t you want to see every Corvette ever made? Especially the 1983? Don’t you want to see the eight Corvettes (five too damaged to restore) that fell into the crazy museum sinkhole in 2014?

Of course you do.

Who’s coming with us?

The Bonneville Salt Flats

bonneville salt flats

While our Ohio roads can look a little bit like salt flats during winter, the Buckeye State’s law enforcement officers prefer we drive within the posted legal limits.

The Bonneville Salt Flats is 40 square miles of densely packed salt in northwest Utah, west of the Great Salt Lake.

Famous for the many land speed records set there, Bonneville Speedway is literally the world’s fastest racetrack.

The Bonneville Salt Flats are so special, they actually bring environmental conservationists and motorsports enthusiasts together with one unified voice: Save the Salt Flats.

We echo those sentiments.

We want to see it. Smell it. Feel it.

Drive it?

Only one way to find out.

The Henry Ford (The Edison Institute)

henry ford

What started as Henry Ford’s personal collection, which he started building more than a century ago, has turned into a vast museum, as well as a learning and entertainment complex in Dearborn, MI. There’s even an opportunity to take the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, to see where Ford Motor Company has been building cars since the 1920s’ Model A.

Other than Ohio-like winter driving in greater Detroit, what’s not to like?


Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

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