Last year the Hot Rod Power Tour forged upward into the northernmost reaches of the Midwestern Continental United States into Muskegon, MI before finishing in Detroit. One year later the Tour returned to the Motor City, specifically Warren, MI.
On this first day of the 2012 Tour we met at the Warren City Hall. Sadly, no one wanted to marry us today but on the other hand nobody tried to press charges against us either (surely the statute of limitations has kicked in by now, but that’s another story for another Hot Rod Power Tour blog post).
Mornings before the drivers meeting at the Power Tour are usually spent walking through a makeshift car show. We took some pictures for your viewing pleasure while our own Jim Holloway spent his time getting intimate with a coat hanger after locking the keys in our Mothers® ’67 El Camino. He didn’t want us to tell you this so you should probably ignore that previous sentence, along with this one as well.
Everyone always parks so well at these events, except for the owner of this beautiful Biscayne. It looks like he or she had instruction at Krispy Ken’s School of Aimless Driving. We’re just kidding, there is no such school. And for the sake of everyone on the road there never should be.
If this old cooler could talk, we’re sure it would have some great stories. While the only stories our cooler could tell would be about how we should not sit on it at the Mothers® Polish company picnic since it could break, which probably had everything to do with the fact that it is, er was made of Styrofoam.
Mike McAdams’ stunning first generation El Camino is fitted with the big 5.47L 348 cubic inch engine.
The Power Tour as seen through the bumper of a 1950 Cadillac.
And here is said Cadillac.
This year we made special edition Power Tour stickers. They are sort of the Cliff’s Notes version of the course map only not nearly as helpful.
This Firebird featured a special treat…
In the form of a massive single turbo.
Hot Rod Magazine Editor in Chief David Freiburger hosts the driver’s meetings.
We asked the crowd if anyone needed directions. Quite a few did. But we didn’t have time to help so we gave them the number to our Mothers® Polish main line. Hey, Kelly at Mothers® HQ, can you do us a solid and read the directions from Warren, MI to Arlington, TX to each of these people when they call? Thanks, you’re a peach!
The reason we were so busy was because there was a camel in dire need of a taunting, to which Ken graciously volunteered to administer. However it appears camels respond to such behavior by spitting and hissing causing Ken to scurry away. What you can’t tell from this picture is how eerily similar Ken’s screams sound like those of a nine-year old girl.
Enough of the horse- or camelplay, we had a Tour to take.
But dodging camel spit and giving out Kelly’s direct line can wear out a Power Tourer so we drove for all of three miles before pulling off the road to start the day with a nutritious and delicious breakfast.
In an attempt to create a paperless office Shane will no longer be submitting receipts to Amy from accounting choosing instead to post pictures of all of his meals on the road to his Instagram account as proof. We couldn’t believe his sweet Gorgonzola omelet cost $73 either.
Our beloved El Camino is back on Tour with Jim Holloway taking the helm once again. Our own Sweet Gorgonzola Shane is driving an RTR Mustang from 2010 Formula Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr.
Shane loved the RTR Mustang saying that it almost matched the exhilaration of his voluptuous Volvo. Yeah, we know but we didn’t have the heart to tell him.
We were treated to a picturesque drive route where we saw Michigan’s state tree.
Before the Michigan tourism board comes after us we should show you this.
This could be a diagram on how to make a Michigan left.
Just think of how affordable the beef must be.
Look at it this way, at least the wood isn’t rusted.
These guys need some sort of special award or recognition or possibly a clinical evaluation because this is sheer madness. Our heroes are willing to drive thousands of miles across the country in this, a fourth generation Camaro! Insanity.
Whitewall vs. mudwall.
Everyone thought this most petite Power Tourer was the cutest thing, except Shane who kept grumbling something about how she was biting his Pebbles style.
Roadside parties celebrating the passing through of the Power Tour are a common sight.
We arrived in Muskegon to find our Mothers® Big Rig all set up. Today the Big Rig crew opted for a brace of Chevelles to help set off our 1970 Chevelle better known as Pro-Pane.
We can’t help but show you Pro-Pane’s GM LSX 454 Crate Engine topped with a Magnuson supercharger. When the Magnuson hits 12-10psi of boost the Pro-Pane is good for 925hp @5,900rpm and 954.8 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 and it's all powered by propane.
Our Corvette ZR1 on display next to our Mothers Big Rig.
Tech demos were going off all day long. Here’s Steven Polen preaching the Mothers® gospel to a couple of Gary Coleman fans. What chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?
Mark Willman’s 1951 Chevy Pick Up is stuffed with an LS1. It was on display in the Rad Rides by Troy area.
Vic Edelbrock’s ’57 Chevy was built by Posies Rods and Customs.
Buick Century with a Fireball V-Eight in the Coker Tire booth
Willy Johnson’s 1961 Bel Air with a 235ci engine
The NHRA Stock Eliminator COPO Camaro is back, but we think this new car could stand to benefit from some of our R3 Racing Rubber Remover.
Because anyone can fry a potato.
David Adkins enlisted Baker Engineering Inc. to build his 1963 Impala Pro-Mod car.
The Baker Engineering Inc. Impala is fitted with a custom 2000hp LSX 438 LSX turbo engine with twin 88mm Garrett turbos, BS3 engine management and it runs on Ethanol. The car’s best time is a 6.95 @ 200mph.
This flamed ’51 Chevy belongs to Ron and Teresa Shooks.
Today we went 215 miles from Detroit to Muskegon, MI and tomorrow we'll travel another 355 miles to Champaign, IL. Stay tuned for more updates from the road with the Power Tour.
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