Tuesday, June 5 Gateway International Motorsports Park, Madison, IL
“A Quick Trip to the Strip for Some Drag Action”
Welcome back to our daily blog posts direct from the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour! Day Three finds us travelling from Champaign, IL to Madison, IL some 174 miles away. Our final destination was the Gateway International Motorsports Park, featuring a full-length drag strip.
Leaving Champaign, the Power Tour was forced to contend with some traffic delaying our date with the open road.
As usual, hot rod fans of all ages lined the route in order to cheer on the Tour as it rumbled past.
This young man was eager to hear the sound of the Power Tour hot rods and encouraged us to open them up. We obliged him by revving our rented Suburban. He was not impressed.
This guy was giving us the evil eye. We beat a hasty retreat before he could jump in his Jeep and give chase.
Some of the roadside locations are just heavenly.
While others are even more heavenly.
On the Power Tour you are always in good company.
And we were in good hands with Krispy Ken and his jaunty hat. He may look like he’s sleeping here, but in reality he was just lying-in-wait, ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. Trust us, you do not want to test him.
The track was packed when we arrived.
And our “ZR1 for Mom” was on point at our Big Rig display.
Normally hot rods – and all cars for that matter – are divided up into distinct camps or classes if you will. There are the daily drivers, the weekend road trippers, the show cars and the race cars. The Power Tour is unique in that participants aren’t afraid to put their cars through each and every one of these disciplines. They drive them hundreds of miles through challenging public routes, put them on display every afternoon in a show off and shine at day’s end. And here at Gateway Motorsports Park, they raced them down the 1320 for nothing more than bragging rights and the pursuit of personal bests.
Check out this Dodge vs. Chrysler match-up of a pristine Challenger R/T convertible going up against a Viper GTS Coupe.
In the end the Challenger held it’s own.
Last year we promised to buy these guys a beer if they could complete the entire Tour. They did and we flaked (Boooo us!). This year they’re back and it looks like we’ll owe them two rounds in Arlington.
They even put their beater to the test on the drag strip against this single-turbo conversion Supra. And the results were surprising with the Supra going 11.22 @ 135.70 while our friends in the bucket went 23.81 @ 54.85. Actually, that isn’t surprising at all, but you gotta admire their spunk.
Our own Jim Holloway took our Mothers® Polish El Camino down the drag strip making a few passes.
And his times did not disappoint considering the show car wheel package on the Elky.
One of the locals told us that this Fox body is one of the fastest street cars at Gateway – 8.80 @ 160mph. The owner, Jon Huber of Huber Performance Motorsports, even drives it to the track! For another WTF point, check out the license plate.
Yes, this wheel-standing Mustang rocks a 2.3L four-banger. We can only assume the speed comes from the ginormous 83mm Precision Turbo.
Another speed secret to this Mustang is the co-pilot’s shades. Yup, very fast.
Check out this rockin' video we found on YouTube.
Jerry Pitt from Hot Rod magazine was devastated to learn that Lost and Found did not have his six-pronged bullhorn hat.
Hey, Jerry, does it look something like this?
Paul Wayman’s 1978 Camaro has a turbocharged 350, Air Ride suspension and a Currie 9-inch rear end.
Rusty and Alisha Otis’ 1951 Chevy Half-Ton with a 350.
We posted this one for Shane, but little did we know it belongs to one Nick Tosie, nephew to our own Forrest Tosie. According to Forrest, “It’s one of six V70Rs in Lase Blue and the only six-speed in the U.S. thanks to a judicious use of FedEx and Amex. All the hardware was sourced from Europe for the conversion. Even with the AWD driveline loss, it makes over 300hp at the wheels. Nick can’t decide where he exactly lives -- sometimes it’s Argyle, TX and sometimes it’s Arnold, MO (where NASCAR’s Wallace racing family is from, and where I went to high school, if anyone cares).”
1959 Chevy Brookwood wagon.
You gotta love the kickstand on the frame rail.
Team America blows!
These girls found an ingenious way to make their own shade. Ken and Forrest tried the same thing but the results were much more horrendous.
We’re not going to lie, we like our oatmeal lumpy. Our cars? Not so much.
Nice door panels. Makes us want to do the same thing, but with kids’ metal lunch boxes.
Now she has the right idea. Ken and Forrest tried the same thing but with disastrous consequences. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.
Look out, ladies, the Bikini Patrol is on the prowl.
When a tailgate just isn’t enough. These Power Tourists brought a trailer with both a cooler and BBQ.
Dan Burrill’s 1950 Ford F-1 truck with a 350 engine.
Yesterday we showed you this car. A ’51 Buick Riviera Special with among other items, a Fatman front end, Air Ride suspension, Coys Wheels, Wilwood brakes and a Viper V10 engine.
Today we found the owners of the Riviera V10 Special. Rob and Sissy Harris from Nacogdoches, TX.
Pick your poison. CTS-V in Sedan, Coupe and Wagon flavors.
Here’s something you don’t see every day. A tilt-body ’39 Fiat.
James Albert’s 1960 Rambler American wagon.
Check out the flathead six on James’ Rambler. The intake manifold is integrated into the head and the log-type exhaust manifold looks like nothing more than a tube.
This ’66 Biscayne can be yours for $12K. The owner is also willing to consider trades. Wonder if he or she would accept any number of our appendages.
1939 Ford convertible with a 350 LS1 and a matching trailer.
Paul and Natalie Banfi’s 1956 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery 5.7L LS1 with a custom tilt front end and a complete Corvette suspension.
Edelbrock’s finest wares on display.
We’ll leave you with this shot of our “Pro-Pane.” Day Four of the Tour will go for 355 miles from Madison, IL to the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. Stay tuned!
Remember you can’t wax off without waxing on first.