Come For The Cars, Stay For The Camaraderie On This Tour

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Few things say Americana more than a cross-country road trip, but how about doing it in a classic car?

On Monday, the 2018 Good Guys Hall of Fame Road Tour is making a pit stop at Dakota Digital in northwest Sioux Falls on a trip that’s just as much about the camaraderie as it is about the beautiful countryside and cars.

Glenn Grozich is taking a 1955 Chevy Nomad the whole tour, starting in Utah.

“I’ve enjoyed it all so far,” Grozich said. “Crossing Wyoming, crossing South Dakota, now we got to get all the way down to Texas.”

There are around 70 cars and 150 people on the tour. Dakota Digital makes parts for cars and motorcycles.

“It’s nice to show off our products to the customers, and show how we make them, where we make them, and the technology and the processes behind them,” said Greg Karpe, who works in sales and marketing for Dakota Digital.

One reason for this tour is to put these cars on display.

“It’s basically what we consider just a way for these car guys to get out and show off their cars, show that they’re actually usable and functional on the road, plus it gives us a chance to come to great places like Dakota Digital and other places around the country,” said Ed Capen, vice president of sales and sponsorship with Good Guys Rod and Custom Association, which is organizing the tour.

But Monday night is not just about the cars, or their parts. 

“The other reason we do this is to just get these guys together,” Capen said. “It’s a camaraderie that we have, I mean we have probably eight different car builders from around the country that are on this tour.”

“I think you build these cars, and you want to drive them and use them, so you get together with a group of car people, and finally really get to enjoy your cars, and take ’em out,” Grozich said. “Plus see the country. This particular tour, beautiful country that we went through.”

If you’d like to follow their trip, you can search for “#goodguyshoft18” on Instagram and Twitter. 

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