It’s difficult to grasp the scale of what the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour is like if you haven’t been on one yourself, so let’s put it like this: Kentucky Speedway is a NASCAR track. The entire infield was buzzing with activity. There were cars worthy of being inside of the oval parked outside. There were spectators walking around all over the place. There were car show fields that I’m not sure I walked through. There was the autocross portion that I didn’t even make it over to. There were people I wasn’t expecting to see, people who saw me in my sun-baked, dehydrated, end of the day state. There were people I saw that I wasn’t completely sure were even on the trip, like Patrick Zabst and his Charger in more street-friendly trim than I’m used to seeing. And then, there were the YouTubers. It seems like I met just about every one that I’ve been featuring over the last few years. I had met Dylan McCool at last year’s Hot Rod Power Tour kickoff in Bowling Green, but this year I met Kevin and Mook from Junkyard Digs, Luke from Thunderhead 289, Derek from ViceGripGarage, ClassicMustangs429, the guys from DeBoss Garage (who spent yesterday swapping a new engine into the GTO that they are driving this week) and so many more. And all of them were beyond thrilled to see BangShift at the show, because they all pretty much said the same thing: thank you for viewing their content.
Part of the fun that was had involved getting a mess of 5.0L Ford-swapped junk onto the dyno that was on-hand. I tried to live stream it on Facebook, and one day I’ll learn that cell signal in Kentucky is garbage. You’ll probably see a video of that sooner or later, but they had their fun and soon enough, I had to leave them and go back to doing actual work. “Work”, in quotation marks, because walking around fields of awesome cars all day long isn’t a bad way to earn your pay. We still have more to come from our trip to Kentucky Speedway, so stay tuned!