Courtney Barber
September 15, 2015
Photos By: Austin Coop

Day 2 on the Goodguy's Tour started out with a drivers meeting then we hit the road heading south for New Mexico, then east to Amarillo, Texas, and the Mustang was running great after the tune from Josh of Goolsby Customs the night before.

The first stop of the day was at the Route 66 Car Museum in Santa Rosa, NM. The museum features over 30 classic cars along with plenty of Route 66 and vintage car memorabilia. From Santa Rosa, we hopped back on I-40 and headed east until we took a Route 66 detour to the town of Tucumcari, NM. With iconic Route 66 businesses like Motel Safari, the Blue Swallow, and TeePee Curios, we got some awesome shots of Mustang Monthly Magazine’s Project Road Warrior right on the Mother Road!

But then the gremlins reappeared; just before we crossed the Texas border, the car began stumbling again. We stopped at Russell’s Travel Center to let the fuel pump cool off a bit while we grabbed a burger at their little diner and checked out their free car museum. Not bad for a truck stop! With the pump cooled off, we were back on the road with one more stop before dinner: Cadillac Ranch! We don't care how many times we stop there, each one is worth it!

After Cadillac Ranch, the car trouble just got worse with the Mustang bucking like a real bronco from stop light to stop light, as I limped it into Mark Warrick’s Collection for dinner with the rest of the Goodguys Road Tour. After dinner, we were all hanging out in the parking lot and I sat down on the tailgate of a beautiful hot rod station wagon chatting with its owner, a very nice older guy. I didn’t even realize that it was the one and only George Poteet until after our conversation!

At Warrick’s, Josh from Goolsby Customs helped me check the car and give it another tuneup—the Goodguy's really do live up to their name, and no one wanted to see the car struggling. Everyone seems to agree… The fuel pump and line from the tank are getting too hot. We have quite the solution for this tomorrow morning: big bags of ice on the gas tank!

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Photos: Two Lane America