“From Four-Lane Highways to Four-Wide Drag Strips”
Look at this. It’s magnificent. This display is a mighty 2,578hp worth of cherry red street machine poised to launch down the quarter mile - all four at once! If drag racing is bacon, then drag racing four-wide is like bacon wrapped bacon. It’s just that good. At that’s exactly what the Hot Rod Power Tour is - bacon wrapped bacon that can be enjoyed on the road with good friends and great cars. But before I tell you how we ended up here at the zMAX Dragway, I should recap our final day.
We started in Chattanooga cleaning up the cars in preparation for our longest leg of this year’s Tour, 352.4 miles to from Chattanooga, Tennessee to North Concord, North Carolina. Our rented Tahoe started to smell like a couple of large, grown men had lived in it for a week, which is pretty much what we did.
We took the advice of Forrest’s weather report and prepared for bad weather. Tropical cyclone Andrea (sounds nasty) was forecast to send some stormy conditions onto our route to zMAX Dragway. Our friend Steen has no wipers on his Chevelle (don’t ask) so he used some Mothers® California Gold® Synthetic Wax on his windshield in an attempt to repel the raindrops.
Aside from a serious lack of sleep deprivation (coupled with the fact that Ken wouldn’t tell me a story to help me rest) we were treated to some great weather during the first part of the drive.
Here’s a clean looking Chevy Sedan. I’m going to put this out there – people should use more louvers as a body mod. Just sayin’.
Somewhere along the way that little bitch, Andrea, dumped down on us.
I love how a hard core, long hauling Power Tourist never sweats the elements. They just push on through to the destination. These guys in their Camaro just went for it.
I want to say this is a laid back ’37 Ford with a matching trailer, but no matter what it is, I would normally say it’s far too nice to bring out in these conditions. But then, this is the Tour where the rules do not apply. Even speed limits! Oh, sorry, I’ve just been told that those rules still apply.
Our own Forrest Tosie is a better man than I, keeping the ZR14MOM on the straight and narrow while all the wide-blocked Michelin Pilot Sport tires wanted to do was tramline in the torrential conditions.
Some people out on the road were not as lucky, like this SUV driver who pulled a Ken (yes, that’s what we’re calling them from this point on).
Once we made it through the worst of the storm Frank was kind enough to welcome us into his station.
Our cars looked so hot that they caused anything within a fifty-yard radius to overheat. True story.
The locals were quite enamored with the cars in our group. But for some reason no one wanted to look at our Executive Edition SUV rental. Maybe I should put some free candy out the next time.
Back on the road we made great time to North Concord.
Have you ever seen a line of cars waiting at a signal like this? Straight outta American Graffiti.
zMAX Dragway, we’ve arrived!
We pulled up just in time to see one of our Mothers commercials playing on the jumbo monitor. Although I was bummed that the Hot Rod staff rejected my Prancercise submission.
I’ve always been in awe of Power Tourers who rock this set up. It’s like a Hot Rod RV. Ken, to get the full Power Tour experience what do you say we tackle the 2014 edition like this? Ken? Ken?
This ’59 Cadillac caught my eye because it’s straight, clean and there’s no ignoring this iconic shape. But the best part was within the engine bay.
Behold, the factory 390! No LS swap here.
One again I was quite proud of my group photo here.
And once again Forrest had to come in and steal my thunder. Gah, Forrest!
Now let’s get back to the drag strip. zMAX Dragway opened on August 20, 2008 and it is the only four-lane, all concrete quarter-mile dragway surface in the world. While we would have loved to see this race go down, the zMAX people staggered the start between the two sides and because the two left lanes weren’t prepped they only ran on the right side.
Two lanes or four there were plenty of Power Tour long haulers and zMAX regulars itching to go down the track.
Andrea hung around just long enough to drench us one more time in the early afternoon.
But as quickly as she arrived she left again allowing Forrest to give away some Mothers goodness, make people sing the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song (now that really is a true story!) and reveal the route for next year’s Tour. Either Joe didn’t like the route or Forrest spent too much time in the back of Krashy Ken’s rented SUV. Don’t worry, Forrest, a little tomato juice bath will fix you right up.
At the end of the day I saw super shooter, Wes Allison and Hot Rod Magazine Editor-in-Chief, David Freiburger up on a scissor lift with their fancy cameras. This could only mean one thing.
Here’s what they were bagging, a 2014 Camaro SS. I’m sure you’ll be able to see more, along with all of the tales from the Tour in the pages of an upcoming issue of Hot Rod Magazine.
With that, it’s time to say goodnight Gracie. I’ll be back tomorrow with an epilogue to turn the lights out on my way out of the building.
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2013 Cruise Night Schedule
Saturday, June 1
University of Texas at Arlington
Sunday, June 2
Four States Fairgrounds
Monday, June 3
Arkansas State Fairgrounds
Little Rock, AR
Tuesday, June 4
Memphis International Raceway
Wednesday, June 5
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
Hoover (Birmingham), AL
Thursday, June 6
Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga, TN
Friday, June 7
zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC