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Hot Rod Power Tour 2012
Thursday, June 7
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

“Pressing on From Where the Buffalo Run to Where the Cowboys Roam”

Today marks Day Five of the Hot Rod magazine Power Tour and we’re beginning to feel the strain and exhaustion as we near the completion of this taxing 1,566.8-mile Hot Rod fantasy road trip. And you know what? We don’t want it to end! Who’s up for running back up to Michigan? Or maybe we’ll just drive back to California? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves since we still have one more day to go. And our Tour through Oklahoma today was as good as it gets. Here’s what happened...

We awoke recharged and ready to run for 273 miles from Miami (pronounced Mi-amah!) to Stillwater.

One of our group who was ready to go but unable to make the trip was our friend Mark Thatcher from ColorRite and his pristine Olds 442 W30. Instead of making his way down toward Texas with the Tour, other commitments forced Mark to drive straight through to California. Safe travels, Mark. You and your Olds will be missed on this last stretch.

We should offer our apologies to our man Forrest for snapping a pic before his morning cup of coffee. Doesn’t he cut a dashing figure behind the wheel of the ZR1? We say that fully aware of what a 638hp Corvette will have on anyone’s appeal.

Our own Jim Holloway uses VP 110 Racing Fuel to complement Oklahoma’s finest 91 octane and he also uses our Aussie mate, Robert Kennedy, to hold the funnel. Look at how far back he stands. If we were forced to be that close to Jim’s rocket fuel we would inch-back as far as possible, too.

After topping our tanks we needed to top off our tummies and this called for a stop at Eggbert’s. Of course, Krispy Ken tried to pick up the slack in the absence of our resident smack-talker Mark Thatcher by asking the Eggbert’s waitress if they had eggs. She didn’t laugh and we’re pretty sure she put something more than eggs in your eggs, Ken.

No doubt you’re as tired of this gag as we are, but Amy from accounting is forcing us to keep track of what we spend on Tour. Amy, once you take a look at the picture, please figure out how much everything costs and then you’ll know how much we spent on breakfast. Are we doing it right yet? The expense-report challenged from right are, Jim Holloway, Charley Lillard, Robert Kennedy, Forrest Tosie, Ken Holland and Shane Christman.

For some reason Jim thinks the safest place for his keys to the El Camino are locked inside of the El Camino. We don’t tease him about it because he can get into the locked Elky in no time with a coat hangar and anyone in possession of these skills is not to be trifled with.

There were quite a bit of tolls on the early part of today’s drive route. We thought we’d share this shot in case Forrest throws it out as a trivia question, and also because we’re wondering aloud how many axles are on the Power Tour and how much would it cost to get them all to Stillwater. In an unrelated question to Amy from accounting, can you increase our expense account?

We made a point to follow Jim and Ken through the tollbooths since they usually pay for us.

While Jim always asks the tollbooth collectors if he can do a burn out, they always say no. And he always lays down two patches anyway.

Why did the Chicken McNugget cross the road? Because in Oklahoma the golden arches stretch to the other side. Now that’s Supersized.

After a brief time on the road we made a stop to visit the tomb of Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers, in Claremore, OK.

Once we got back on the road we made good time with our ZR1 and 572ci big-blocked El Camino.

As well as Charley Lillard’s ZR1-powered ’69 Camaro.

Oooh, Amy from accounting, can we requisition one of these bad boys as an official Mothers® Polish 2013 Power Tour Support Vehicle? Sorry, too late, we already mentioned it here so now we’re committed. K? Thanks!

Seeing this always makes us uncomfortable. Even Shane wore a helmet and gear when he raced motorcycles and he’s not the sharpest banana in the drawer. The guy drives a Volvo for crying out loud. See what we mean?

Once again Jim cooked up a little detour for our Power Tour party. We ended up making our way to the small town of Ripley, OK.

Where we came upon RK Machine Inc.


It was a small, non-descript shop.

Although the owner was anything but small and non-descript. According to Jim and Forrest he is a high priest and his little shop in Ripley, is believe it or not, the temple to which they bow before. You could say that, or you could just say that this is Rick Kirk of RK Machine. Our Mothers® Polish group has been here before in both ’01 and ’04.

Rick has amassed quite the collection of Ford memorabilia over the years including brochures, posters, parts and complete engines.

Check out these classic signature series gauges from drivers like Mario Andretti and Don Garlits. But Rick’s are even more special since they also include the actual autographs of Mario Andretti and Don Garlits!

Much to the dismay of our friend Charley Lillard, noted Chevy fan boy, Rick is a died-in-the-wool Ford fan. Rick even had proof with this hat that he received from legendary Chevy/Corvette specialist John Lingenfelter. The inscription reads, “Rick, To one of the few friends I have who drive a Ford, John Lingenfelter.”

This is Rick’s Ultimate Pro-Street Ford. An original 1962 Falcon Sedan Delivery with a 1965 Ford 427 SOHC bored and stroked to 503 cu. in., and covered in Ford Calypso Green paint.

And here’s our own Krispy Ken holding the world’s largest pipe wrench. It isn’t really that big when you consider that Ken is only two feet tall!

After we toured RK Machine, Rick brought us into town to see his private collection.

All housed in yet another non-descript – albeit very secure – location.

Jim, Forrest and Ken have been here before so much so that Jim calls this one his “girl.” It’s a 1965 BFX Comet Cyclone. The BFX came stock with fiberglass doors, ram hood, fenders and front bumper, Plexiglas windshield, side and vent windows and still has original front and rear tires, air lifts and shocks. Rick bought the car from original owner.

This was one of three Factory Weber Carburetor’d 289 Cyclones made in 1965 for BFX Competition.

Here’s a 427 SOHC Ford with 503 cubic inches, Littlefield blower, Hilborn 4-port injectors, Crane Nitro cams, and Bassett Racing headers. It is estimated to produce 2,000hp on alcohol.

This 1972 Jaguar V12 makes all of 314hp.

After our visit with Rick Kirk we hit up Kicker in Stillwater, OK.

Kicker and Posies Rod and Customs built this Nash Metropolitan as a SEMA Show display vehicle some years back.

In case the natives turn restless, this all-terrain assault vehicle features a t-shirt cannon.

After our stop at Kicker, the Tour ended-up at the final destination for the day, Oklahoma State University.

We were originally supposed to party at Kicker, but rain soaked the grass and freshly washed concrete made it easier for these Power Tourists who made various and sundry repairs…

All Forrest had to do was give our Mom’s ZR1 a quick once-over.

Charley Lillard showed the LS9 evil that lurks from within his ’69 Camaro.

While Steven Polen continued with the seemingly non-stop Mothers® tech demos.

With Mothers® it’s in the bag! Okay, maybe we need to cut the cheese (ha! We said, “cut the cheese”) from our possible slogans, but you have to admit that our detailing bags are way cool.

At this stop, the Power Tour was visited by royalty in the form of this 1956 Ford Convertible, better known as “Suncammer.” This was our 2011 Mothers® Polish Shine Award winner owned by Bruce and Judy Ricks of Sapulpa, OK and built by Steve Cook Creations in Oklahoma City, OK.

Larry and Kara Rose’s 1970 Dodge Challenger RT/SE features a 452, Tremec 5-speed, QA1 shocks, American Powertrain, Fast fuel injection and Boze forged wheels.

One of GM’s Motor Medics hard at work yet again providing free repairs for the Power Tourers. If our car broke down on Tour, we would totally push for more than just basic mechanical repair. Why not order up an LS9 swap or something of that nature? It never hurts to ask.

Jim Jordan’s 1985 four-passenger Lincoln is more than just your average Town Car since it has a 1993 Mustang engine.

With all apologies to Nikki, Tommy, Vince and Mick, this is one motley crew.

Even in sea foam green this El Camino is still hard as nails.

This Texaco fuel truck is powered by a Ford 460 engine.

Bill and Mary Ellen Kemp’s 1967 Ford Fairlane has foregone the factory 289…

In favor of a honkin’ 527.

This is the MGBGT-V8 Roadmaster Project. Towards the end of its production the MGB was offered with the smallest V8 engine Buick ever produced a 215cid aluminum motor.

The British American Deviant Automotive Sportscar Society (B.A.D.A.S.S.) has taken it upon themselves to swap in the largest Buick V8 ever produced – the 455 Big Block. The car’s weight is still under 2,500lbs while the engine puts out 500hp. Yee! And Haw!

David Klaus’ White 1967 Chevy Nova SS has a 383ci engine, TCI front end and a mini tub.

Collin and Robert Behrman’s Bronze Charger RT 440 six pack.

Period correct luggage is perfect for Power Tour and much better than the Hefty CinchSaks we employ.

Joe Beal’s ’66 Chevelle.

Another member of Team America, F Yeah!

Black Camaro SS with Corvette LS3 swap makes us want to bark at the moon.

From Motown to Mootown.

While the Jimmy isn’t an ideal Tour vessel we cannot deny the sentiment expressed in white shoe polish.

We saw this 1953 Chevy Suburban Detailer on last year’s Power Tour. Its painted GM Inferno Orange and the frame has been stretched by 3 inches with a Trailblazer SS rear axle assembly. The engine is a GM Performance Parts LSX 376 long block and with the GMPP LSA supercharger it puts out 665 hp @ 7,000 rpm with 610 lb-ft of torque @ 4150 rpm. And yet there still aren’t any Mothers® products on this rig. Who do we have to talk to about this?

Forrest’s back.

Our own Forrest has been the unofficial weather prognosticator for the Power Tour for some 17 years. After spending some time looking at the Doppler and reviewing weather patterns Forrest was able to forecast with some degree of accuracy that, on the night after Day Five, it will be dark. And you know what? He was right. Yay, Forrest!

At the end of the day Forrest and Joe awarded the big prize, a way cool Mothers® Detail Bucket to Logan here. Congratulations, Logan!

Day Six is sadly the last leg of the Tour sending us 267 miles from Stillwater, OK to Quiktrip Park in Arlington, TX. Stay tuned!

Remember you can’t wax off without waxing on first.

John Naderi
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2012 Cruise Night Schedule

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
(Location TBD)
Arlington, TX

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