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  • Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

    There are always questions from fans about this incredible event, so I thought I'd put together all my notes from my research over the years. ~ Monster

    The Vision

    At the end of 1994 and into the beginning of 1995, HOT ROD magazine had gone through a lot of changes; David Freiburger left the staff to become editor of 4-Wheel & Off-Road and Drew Hardin assumed the Editor responsibilities from Steve Campbell. John Dianna (Executive Publisher) had created a series of new events called “Power Festivals” and directed Drew to develop ways to significantly support and expand them.

    The staff brainstormed ideas from the obvious ways they could excite readers about the new series using magazine articles and editorials, all the way to the extreme, by racing to the events “Bubblegum Rally” style. Another idea was to show the readers that the staff were hands-on enthusiasts, just like them and to drive their own cars from Los Angeles to the first Power Festival at Norwalk Raceway in Norwalk, Ohio. They quickly decided to also invite the readers to join in; for the whole drive, a leg of the journey, to meet up at dinner stops, or just to wave to them from an overpass or the side of the road as they went by, with the intent to meet as many readers along the way as possible.

    Origins
    Drew loved the idea, so the staff got together to determine how many had cars in good enough condition to make the trip in four months. After the dust settled, eight staffers had committed to make the epic journey along with their projects.

    Jeff Smith would bring his ’65 Malibu, setting a goal to get at least 20 mpg with a car that could run 12’s. Unfortunately, he lost a cylinder just before the trip and had to replace the motor with a 355ci he’d built, along with a Richmond six-speed and achieved an impressive 23 mpg.

    Will Handzel drove his rat rod “Budget Beater” ’31 Model A with a great rusty patina, including saddle blankets for seat covers. Karl Brauer (Editorial Assistant) brought his ’70 GTX and Rob Kinnan his freshly painted ’67 Ford Fairlane. Rob was also in charge of bringing the Crusher Camaro too, which they knew everyone would want to see.

    Cole Quinnell had a ’68 Nova, used for a series of drag strip articles, swapping various rear gears and torque converters. Gray Baskerville was exhaustively hassled until he relented to bring his beautiful real steel, original-bodied ’32 Ford coupe.

    John Dianna drove his ‘35 Chevy sedan delivery and even though Freiburger was no longer on staff, he brought the “Cheap Thrills” ’68 Dodge Dart along anyhow. Everyone had mechanical work to get done before they would be ready for the cross-country trip.

    The Plan
    The biggest challenge was planning something on this scale. Establishing a route using paper maps, determining daily travel distances for the eclectic group of vehicles and then arranging for something cool when they arrived at each nights stop.

    They also had to get the word out. Since it was early January, the March issue was already being finalized. In his March 1995 editorial, Drew wrote; “Join us on our Power Tour. We’re driving several of our project vehicles and personal cars from Los Angeles to Norwalk, Ohio, to attend the first Power Fest. The trip should be a blast, and we want a bunch of you to join us.” They also repeated this message along with the intended route and stops in the next couple of issues. On page 39 of the Saturday, April 22, 1995 edition of The San Bernardino County Sun, they published this article:

    Hot rods to zoom across US !
    Hot Rod Magazine wants to get Motoring Cruises back to its roots with an 8-day caravan from LA. to Ohio. In Los Angeles, "American Graffiti" will shift from the movie screen to the pavement on May 13 as HOT ROD magazine launches an eight-day cruise from Peterson Automotive Museum to a big "Power Festival" in Norwalk, Ohio, on May 20-21. Hot rod fans and owners from across the country have been invited to cruise in the Power Tour or join the tour at any of the stops along the route as they wish. "HOT ROD magazine is getting back to its roots," said Editor Drew Hardin. "As we approach the year 2000, we want to see where hot rodding is headed. We want to touch, meet and greet the people behind the hobby because they are truly the life-line of HOT ROD." At least 12 legendary rods right off the magazine covers will cruise, including a flamed 1957 Chevy; the 1967 Chevy "Crusher" Camaro, a 1967 Ford Fairlane, and a 1972 Chevy Nova. Senior editor and hot rod legend Gray Baskerville will be driving his '32 Ford Roadster and will be joined by other magazine editors in the cross-country jaunt. Other editors and their wheels: Will Handzel and his 1931 Model A roadster; Jeff Smtih and his 1965 Chevelle; Cole Quinnell and his 1968 Nova; Rob Kinnan and his 1967 Ford Fairlane; John Dianna and his 1934 Chevy Sedan Delivery.

    A large number of hot rods, like these, are expected to gather at Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on May 13 for the start of an eight-day caravan to the HOT ROD Magazine Power Festival in Norwalk, Ohio. The Power Tour culminates with a three-day "Power Festival" at Norwalk Raceway Park on' May 20-21 sponsored by Chevrolet and BF Goodrich. Street machines, trick trucks, Harley Davidsons and muscle cars will join the hot rodders. Spectators wishing to watch the hot rodders leave Peterson Automotive Museum must be at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. at Fairfax by 7 a.m. on May 13. Officials expect: hundreds of hot rodders to make the tour. Hundreds of Southland car club members are expected to join in the sendoff of participants. For information, call (800) 858-6381 or (213) 782-2341. HOT ROD is planning a second power festival in Commerce, Ga. near ' Atlanta on Aug. 25-27.

    HOT ROD magazine staff rides in 1932 Ford coupe, sedan delivery. The 1937 Ford Roadster "Smoothster" that won the top prize at the 1995 Grand National Roadster Show in Oakland and was built by Boyd Coddington in Orange County will also be in the caravan. Major pre-festival gatherings will be conducted at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Restaurant in Kansas City, Kan.; Rock n Roll Hardees in Springfield, III.


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    The Beginning
    When the staff met on the roof parking lot of the Petersen Museum early on May 13th for the start, eight adventurous readers showed up to join them for the entire 2,000-mile trip to Norwalk. Only 16 cars, half being Hot Rod project cars or cars driven by magazine staff, along with eight loyal readers. There were also a couple dozen other drivers that would accompany the group for the first leg of the journey. This was it … the humble beginning.

    1995 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, May 13 - Los Angeles, CA to Las Vegas, NV for lunch, overnight in Cedar City UT.
    Sunday, May 14 - to Green River, UT and stay in Glenwood Springs, CO
    Monday, May 15 - to Limone, CO and then Goodland, KS to Northwest Kansas Technical School for a tour.
    Tuesday, May 16 - lunch in Salina, KS then staying in Kansas City, KS and party at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Restaurant.
    Wednesday, May 17 - lunch in Wentzville, MO and then to Springfield, IL
    Thursday, May 18 - toward Chicago then east to Marrillville, IN where Montgomery Ward & Auto Express threw a party.
    Friday, May 19 - take I-64 to Detroit, MI for another party
    May 20-21 - Hot Rod Power Festival at Norwalk Raceway; Norwalk, OH

    1996 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Thursday, May 9 - Los Angeles, CA
    Friday, May 10 - Las Vegas, NV
    Saturday, May 11 - Grand Junction, CO
    Sunday, May 12 - Denver, CO
    Monday, May 13 - Goodland, KA
    Tuesday, May 14 - St. Louis, MO
    Wednesday, May 15 - Springfield, IL
    Thursday, May 16 - Lansing, IL
    Friday, May 17 - Detroit, MI
    Saturday, May 18 - Norwalk, CT

    1997 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Thursday, May 8 - Petersen Automotive Museum; Los Angeles, CA
    Friday, May 9 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Las Vegas, NV
    Saturday, May 10 - The Hilton; Grand Junction, CO
    Sunday, May 11 - Elitch Gardens Amusement Park; Denver, CO
    Monday, May 12 - Kansas Vocational Tech School; Goodland, KA
    Tuesday, May 13 - Metcalf South Shopping Center; Overland Park, KA
    Wednesday, May 14 - Forest Park; St. Louis, MO
    Thursday, May 15 - Rock ’n Roll Hardee’s; Springfield, IL
    Friday, May 16 - Downtown; Lansing, IL
    Saturday, May 17 - Downtown; Mount Clemens, MI

    1998 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Thursday, May 7 - Pomona Fairplex; Pomona, CA
    Friday, May 8 - Fairplex; Mesquite, NV
    Saturday, May 9 - Intermountain Events Center; Grand Junction, CO
    Sunday, May 10 - Bandimere Speedway; Morrison, CO
    Monday, May 11 - NW Kansas VoTech School; Goodland, KS
    Tuesday, May 12 - Station Casino; Kansas City, MO
    Wednesday, May 13 - St. Louis, MO
    Thursday, May 14 - State Fairgrounds; Indianapolis, IN
    Friday, May 15 - Tinley Park; Chicago, IL
    Saturday, May 16 - Downtown; Mount Clemens, MI
    Sunday, May 17 - Downtown; Mount Clemens, MI

    1999 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Thursday, May 13 - Glen Helen Regional Park; San Bernardino, CA
    Friday, May 14 - Skydome at Northern Arizona University; Flagstaff, AZ
    Saturday, May 15 - Downtown; Albuquerque, NM
    Sunday, May 16 - Tri-State Fairgrounds; Amarillo, TX
    Monday, May 17 - Admiral Twin Drive-In; Tulsa, OK
    Tuesday, May 18 - Station Casino; Kansas City, MO
    Wednesday, May 19 - Kansas City, MO
    Thursday, May 20 - Gateway International Raceway; Madison, IL
    Friday, May 21 - Churchill Downs; Louisville, KY
    Saturday, May 22 - Downtown; Nashville, TN
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    Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

    2000 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Some 500 people drove 300 vehicles
    Thursday, June 1 - San Bernardino, CA
    Friday, June 2 - Phoenix, AZ
    Saturday, June 3 - Albuquerque, NM
    Sunday, June 4 - Elk City, OK
    Monday, June 5 - Tulsa, OK
    Tuesday, June 6 - Tunica, MS
    Wednesday, June 7 (DAY OFF) Tunica, MS
    Thursday, June 8 - Talladega, AL
    Friday, June 9 - Panama City Beach, FL
    Saturday, June 10 - Panama City Beach, FL

    2001 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Thursday, May 3 - Phoenix Center; Pontiac, MI
    Friday, May 4 - Rt. 66 Raceway; Joliet; IL
    Saturday, May 5 - Mid America Designs; Effingham, IL
    Sunday, May 6 - Bass Pro Shop; Springfield, MO
    Monday, May 7 - Moose Lodge; Tulsa, OK
    Tuesday, May 8 - Fairgrounds; Amarillo, TX
    Wednesday, May 9 - Civic Plaza, Downtown; Albuquerque, NM
    Thursday, May 10 - Downtown; Kingman, AZ
    Friday, May 11 - Downtown; San Bernardino, CA
    Saturday May 12 - Downtown; San Bernardino, CA
    Total: 2,414 Miles

    2002 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Friday, May 24 - Speedway Motors; Lincoln, Nebraska
    Saturday, May 25 - Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Missouri
    Sunday, May 26 - Westport Plaza; St Louis, Missouri
    Monday, May 27 - Kentucky Fairgrounds; Louisville, Kentucky
    Tuesday, May 28 - National Trail Raceway; Columbus, Ohio
    Wednesday, May 29 - Phoenix Center; Pontiac, Michigan
    Thursday, May 30 - Canfield Fairgrounds; Youngstown, Ohio
    Total: 1,628 Miles

    2003 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Friday, May 30 - Gaylord Opryland Resort; Nashville, Tennessee
    Saturday, May 31 - Desoto Civic Center; Memphis, Tennessee
    Sunday, June 1 - The Fairgrounds and Coliseum; Jackson, Mississippi
    Monday, June 2 - Fair Grounds Race Course; New Orleans, Louisiana
    Tuesday, June 3 - Lake Charles Civic Center; Lake Charles, Louisiana
    Wednesday, June 4 - Red River Raceway; Shreveport, Louisiana
    Thursday, June 5 - The Ball Park in Arlington; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
    Friday, June 6 - The Ball Park in Arlington; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

    2004 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 5 - The Ball Park at Arlington; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
    Sunday, June 6 - CityPlex Center; Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Monday, June 7 - Ozark Empire Fairgrounds; Springfield, Missouri
    Tuesday, June 8 - Gateway International Raceway; St. Louis, Missouri
    Wednesday, June 9 - Mississippi Valley Fair; Davenport, Iowa
    Thursday, June 10 - Arlington Race Track; Chicago, Illinois
    Friday, June 11 - Lambeau Field; Green Bay, Wisconsin

    2005 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 4 - Miller Park; Milwaukee, WI
    Sunday, June 5 - Illinois State Fairgrounds; Springfield, Illinois
    Monday, June 6 - Indianapolis Raceway Park; Indianapolis, IN
    Tuesday, June 7 - Gaylord Opryland Resort; Nashville, TN
    Wednesday, June 8 - Birmingham Race Course; Birmingham, AL
    Thursday June 9 - North Florida Fairgrounds; Tallahassee, FL
    Friday, June 10 - Osceola Heritage Park; Kissimmee-St. Cloud, FL

    2006 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 3 - Orange County Convention Center; Orlando, FL
    Sunday, June 4 - Gainesville Raceway; Gainesville, FL
    Monday, June 5 - Georgia National Fairgrounds; Perry, GA
    Tuesday, June 6 - Colonial Center; Columbia, SC
    Wednesday, June 7 - Salem Civic Center; Roanoke Valley (Salem), VA
    Thursday June 8 - Farm Show Complex; Harrisburg, PA
    Friday, June 9 - Old Bridge Township Raceway Park; Englishtown, NJ
    Saturday, June 10 - Old Bridge Township Raceway Park; Englishtown, NJ
    (Long Haulers Photo, Ceremony and Awards ONLY)

    2007 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 2 - International Expo Center; Cleveland, OH
    Sunday, June 3 - Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds; Kalamazoo, MI
    Monday, June 4 - Downtown Lake Front; Racine, WI
    Tuesday, June 5 - Illinois State Fairgrounds; Springfield, IL
    Wednesday, June 6 - Roberts Stadium; Evansville, IN
    Thursday, June 7 - Memphis Motorsports Park; Memphis, TN
    Friday June 8 - Arkansas State Fairgrounds; Little Rock, AR
    Saturday, June 9 - Arkansas State Fairgrounds; Little Rock, AR
    (Long Haulers Photo, Ceremony and Awards ONLY)

    2008 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 7 - Arkansas State Fairgrounds; Little Rock, AR
    Sunday, June 8 - Missouri Entertainment & Event Center; Springfield, MO
    Monday, June 9 - Heartland Park; Topeka, KS
    Tuesday, June 10 - Nebraska State Fair Park; Lincoln, NE
    Wednesday, June 11 - Iowa State Center; Ames, IA
    Thursday, June 12 - Rochester Community & Technical College; Rochester, MN
    Friday, June 13 - The Alliant Energy Center; Madison, WI
    Saturday, June 14 - The Alliant Energy Center; Madison, WI
    (Long Haulers Photo, Ceremony and Awards ONLY)

    2009 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 6 - Alliant Energy Center; Madison, WI
    Sunday, June 7 - Downtown Lakefront; Racine, WI
    Monday, June 8 - St. Joseph County Fairgrounds; South Bend, IN
    Tuesday, June 9 - Metro Beach Metropark; Mt. Clemens (Detroit), MI
    Wednesday, June 10 - University of Dayton Arena; Dayton, OH
    Thursday, June 11 - The Center for Rural Development; Somerset, KY
    Friday, June 12 - Bristol Motor Speedway; Bristol, TN
    Saturday, June 13 - Bristol Motor Speedway; Bristol, TN
    (Long Haulers Photo, Ceremony and Awards ONLY)

    2010 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 5 - Iowa Speedway; Newton, IA
    Sunday, June 6 - Downtown Springfield; Springfield, IL
    Monday, June 7 - Du Quoin State Fairgrounds; Du Quoin, IL
    Tuesday, June 8 - Warren County Airport; Bowling Green, KY
    Wednesday, June 9 - Chattanooga State Community College; Chattanooga, TN
    Thursday, June 10 - Regions Park Stadium; Birmingham, AL
    Friday, June 11 - Downtown; Mobile, AL
    Saturday, June 12 - U.S.S. Alabama; Mobile, AL
    (Long Haulers Photo, Ceremony and Awards ONLY)

    2011 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 4 - Port Canaveral; Cocoa Beach, FL
    Sunday, June 5 - Georgia Motorsports Park; Valdosta, GA
    Monday, June 6 - Montgomery Motorsports Park; Montgomery, AL
    Tuesday, June 7 - LP Field; Nashville, TN
    Wednesday, June 8 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Indianapolis, IN
    Thursday, June 9 - Downtown Muskegon; Muskegon, MI
    Friday, June 10 - Metropolitan Beach Parkway; Mt. Clemens (Detroit), MI
    Saturday, June 11 - Long Haulers Ceremony; GM Proving Grounds in Milford, MI

    2012 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 2 - GM Proving Grounds; Milford (Detroit), MI
    Sunday, June 3 - Downtown Muskegon; Muskegon, MI
    Monday, June 4 - Assembly Hall, Univ. of Illinois; Champaign, IL
    Tuesday, June 5 - Gateway Motorsports Park; Madison, IL
    Wednesday, June 6 - Buffalo Run Casino; Miami, OK
    Thursday, June 7 - Oklahoma State Univ.; Stillwater, OK
    Friday, June 8 - QuickTrip Park; Arlington, TX
    Saturday, June 9 - Long Haulers Ceremony; QuickTrip Park; Arlington, TX

    2013 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 1 - University of Texas; Arlington, TX
    Sunday, June 2 - Four States Fairgrounds; Texarkana, AR
    Monday, June 3 - Arkansas State Fairgrounds; Little Rock, AR
    Tuesday, June 4 - Memphis International Raceway; Millington, TN
    Wednesday, June 5 - Hoover Metropolitan Stadium; Hoover (Birmingham), AL
    Thursday, June 6 - Chattanooga State Community College; Chattanooga, TN
    Friday, June 7 - zMAX Dragway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
    Saturday, June 14 - zMAX Dragway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
    (Long Haulers Photo, Ceremony and Awards ONLY)

    2014 Hot Rod Power Tour - 20th Anniversary
    Saturday, June 7 - zMAX Dragway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
    Sunday, June 8 - Chillhowee Park; Knoxville, TN
    Monday, June 9 - Downtown; Charleston, WV
    Tuesday, June 10 - Summit Motorsports Park; Norwalk, OH
    Wednesday, June 11 - Lake County Fairgrounds; Crown Point, IN
    Thursday, June 12 - The Isle Casino; Bettendorf, IA
    Friday, June 13 - Chula Vista Resort; Wisconsin Dells, WI
    Saturday, June 14 - Chula Vista Resort; Wisconsin Dells, WI
    (Long Haulers Photo, Ceremony and Awards ONLY)

    2015 Hot Rod Power Tour
    In 2015, a record number of 6,095 vehicles participated in the 1,500 mile road trip. 2,120 drivers were award the “long hauler” award and 116,000 spectators witnessed one of the tours’ stops.

    Saturday, June 6 - Alliant Energy Center; Madison, WI
    Sunday, June 7 - Parkland College; Champaign, IL
    Monday, June 8 - Gateway Motorsports Park; Madison, IL (St. Louis)
    Tuesday, June 9 - Memphis International Raceway; Memphis, TN
    Wednesday, June 10 - Hoover Metropolitan Stadium; Hoover, AL
    Thursday, June 11 - Centennial Plaza; Gulfport, MS
    Friday, June 12 - Lamar Dixon Expo Center; Gonzales (Baton Rouge), LA
    Saturday, June 13 - Lamar Dixon Expo Center; Gonzales (Baton Rouge), LA
    (Long Haulers Photo, Ceremony and Awards ONLY)

    2016 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 11 - Lamar Dixon Expo Center; Gonzales, (Baton Rouge), LA
    Sunday, June 12 - Royal Purple Raceway; Baytown, TX
    Monday, June 13 - Circuit of the Americas; Austin, TX
    Tuesday, June 14 - Traders Village; Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX
    Wednesday, June 15 - Remington Park; Oklahoma City, OK
    Thursday, June 16 - Kansas Pavilion; Wichita, KS
    Friday, June 17 - Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS

    2017 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 10 - Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, MO
    Sunday, June 11 - Iowa Speedway; Newton, IA
    Monday, June 12 - Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds; Davenport, IL
    Tuesday, June 13 - University of Illinois (State Farm Center); Champaign, IL
    Wednesday, June 14 - Gateway Motorsports Park; Madison, IL
    Thursday, June 15 - Lucas Oil Raceway; Indianapolis, IN
    Friday, June 16 - Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, Bowling Green, KY

    2018 Hot Rod Power Tour
    Saturday, June 9 - Beech Bend Raceway Park; Bowling Green, KY
    Sunday, June 10 - Chattanooga State Community College; Chattanooga, TN
    Monday, June 11 - Hoover Metropolitan Stadium; Birmingham, AL
    Tuesday, June 12 - Atlanta Motor Speedway; Hampton, GA
    Wednesday, June 13 - Darlington Raceway; Darlington, SC
    Thursday, June 14 - PNC Arena; Raleigh, NC
    Friday, June 15 - Zmax Dragway; Concord, NC
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      Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

      This picture from one of the original '95 stops shows Publisher John Dianna’s 1935 Chevy sedan delivery at the head of the line, then Gray Baskerville’s deuce roadster and Will Handzel’s “Budget Beater” 1931 Ford roadster in the foreground (Editor Jeff Smith’s Malibu, David Freiburger’s Dart, Karl Brauer’s GTX, and Rob Kinnan’s Fairlane are all missing in this shot).

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      2019 Hot Rod Power Tour
      Saturday, June 8 - zMAX Dragway; Concord, NC
      Sunday, June 9 - Martinsville Speedway; Martinsville, VA
      Monday, June 10 - Bristol Motor Speedway; Bristol, TN
      Tuesday, June 11 - Kentucky Speedway; Sparta, KY
      Wednesday, June 12 - Lucas Oil Raceway; Indianapolis, IN
      Thursday, June 13 - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum; Fort Wayne, IN
      Friday, June 14 - Summit Motorsports Park; Norwalk, OH
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        Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

        Thanks Steve, that's cool stuff!
        Ed, Mary, & 'Earl'
        HRPT LongHaulers, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.


        Inside every old person is a young person wondering, "what the hell happened?"

        The man at the top of the mountain didn't fall there. -Vince Lombardi

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        • #5

          Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

          what he said, muchas gracias Steve! Since this tour is coming close to your 'hood, hopefully we'll see you - bring along your friend who bought the Nova
          nom de guerre - arrowhead from joysey

          "They're no good for you. all they ever think about are cars" (GTO/Warren Oates) - Two Lane Blacktop

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          • #6

            Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

            Thanks Steve, fun reading the history and brining back memories from past tours!
            Jim & Cathy North Mankato, MN Long Haulers '04,07,08,09,10,11,12,13,14 Short Haul '05,'15,'17,’19 WST '14,'15,'16,'17

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            • #7

              Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

              that is so cool to see it all in a history lesson like this. Thanks Steve.

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              • #8

                Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

                Who else read through the previous year's stops and relived memories from them?! Is it June yet?
                GM G-bodies, because I can't afford a 69 Camaro.

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                  ....I've forgotten so much, THANKS for jogging the olé memory.
                  John 'n Kathy ('65 GTO)
                  Western North Carolina

                  "I'd rather do it than watch it"

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                  • #10

                    Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

                    I didn't know they did so many that originated in California.

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                    • #11

                      Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

                      Make this a "sticky" so it´s up there and can be added to.
                      I love the history....

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                      • #12

                        Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

                        Just when it seemed like a big blur, you cleared it all up again. Thanks Steve for reminding everyone that you can do the Power Tour from California..
                        I just love my Hot Rods.

                        Long Hauled 2009,2010,2011,2012 and 2013. Loved every minute of it.

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                        • #13

                          Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

                          Very cool read!
                          2013- Murphy, NC Road Side Fan Between Chattanooga & Charlotte 2014- Charlotte-Knoxville-Charleston: 2013 Ford Mustang GT

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                            Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

                            Since 2011 & 2012 show TBD for the Long Hauler awards, I thought that I would add this;

                            The 2011 Long Haulers award on Saturday morning were at the GM Proving Grounds in Milford. My personal favorite of our ten years. Even though we had a small time window to get in. There was the guy in the new Mustang that decided to try out the black lake skid pad & was immediately escorted off of the property by their security. The Q&A session about the facility revealed some really neat facts about the place. And of course the route that they built for us to run on our way off of the property that included quite a few of the different test track areas linked together by trucks that blocked roads to keep everyone on course. That was fantastic. Still one of our favorite topics when we pitch the event to others.

                            The 2012 Long Haulers award was at the same QuickTrip Park as the Friday venue the day before. Friday night there was a huge Country Concert there so on Saturday morning there was a hell of a lot more Beer cans in the parking area than the day before though.
                            ...when you got a fast car, you think you've got everything.

                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpvfmSL6WkM

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                              Re: Hot Rod Power Tour - Origins & History

                              Man, I've driven a lot of miles with some of you!
                              I R Bob
                              You can't drink all day unless you start in the morning!
                              2007 LH, 2008 LH, 2009 LH, 2010 LH, 2011 LH, 2012 DNF/BLOW'D UP, 2013 LH, 2014 LH

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