Twenty years ago, Street Rodder Magazine asked Jerry Dixey, an Ohio shop owner and magazine contributor, to launch his idea of building a custom hot rod using products from the magazine’s advertisers and driving it to each National Street Rod Association event around the country, reporting on the event while serving as a high-profile ambassador for the publication.
That concept quickly grew into a series of highly popular Street Rodder Road Tours in which Dixey leads colorful parades of dozens of custom cars on drives around the country to hot-rod shows, automobiles museums, manufacturing plants and NSRA gatherings. Each year, Dixey chooses a new hot rod to lead what has become the Amsoil/Street Rodder Road Tour.
Three of those spectacular street rods built for the road tours will be auctioned off during Mecum’s Anaheim, California, sale from November 12-14 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
They are a 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air Pro Touring (Lot S120), the road-tour car for 2009; a 1955 Chevrolet 210 Pro Touring (Lot S118), the 2011 lead car; and a 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe Street Rod (Lot S119), which led the 2012 road tour.
Some 750 collector cars are expected for Mecum’s annual Anaheim auction, including 17 vehicles from the Mike Doyle Collection of Dixon, California. Among the 15 cars, a fire truck and a restored World War II Harley-Davidson opposed-twin motorcycle (Lot S158), are a 1920 Franklin 9-B Sedan V-windshield (Lot S163), a 1965 Amphicar Convertible (Lot S151), a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (Lot S152), a 1925 Ford Model T Roadster (Lot S161), a street-legal 1929 Ford Dirt Track Racer (Lot S155) and a 1958 Fairlane 500 Skyliner (Lot S162) that Doyle has owned since 1961.
For more information about Mecum’s Anaheim sale, visit the auction website.