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Hot Rod Power Tour stops in Perry


By Jenny Gordon
TELEGRAPH STAFF WRITER

as posted on Macon.com

PERRY - It was truly hot rod heaven for hundreds of car enthusiasts as the 12th annual Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour made a pit stop Monday at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry.

With temperatures hovering in the mid-80s on Monday, a nice breeze provided some relief for onlookers who came to check out the car tour, which each year travels through different parts of the country.

An estimated 2,000 long-haul cars, those traveling the entire length of the seven-city tour, stopped in Perry showing off every American-made vehicle possible.

There was plenty to see for even the most astute and well-versed car aficionado. Take your pick from a buffet line of Mustangs, El Caminos, Cadillacs, Chargers, Roadsters, Novas, Camaros, Impalas, Corvettes, and the list goes on.

Hot Rod Magazine spokesman Chad Reynolds has been traveling with the tour since 2000. His 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon, which he described as "fun, weird and incredibly popular," has made the trip with him twice, last year traveling 13,000 miles.

Getting the chance to see other cars, hang out with friends and meet new people, are the reasons Reynolds makes the annual journey.

"It is the ultimate gearhead road trip," explained Reynolds, who lives in Allen, Texas. "It's the world's largest traveling car show. You can see every kind of car imaginable here."

Helping a car enthusiast out of the driver seat of his custom-made 1962 Corvette 'look-alike,' Jim Bryant drew a crowd all afternoon around his lifelong hobby.

"It's just fun. It's just people doing their own thing basically," said Bryant, who lives in Sweetwater, Tenn. "I enjoy driving the cars and getting out."

Bryant spent an estimated $100,000 over two years building his car, which included a 572-cubic-inch engine and five-speed Lenco transmission.

For only $65, car lovers could join the tour which began last Saturday in Orlando, Fla., traveling through Gainesville, Perry, Columbia, S.C., Roanoke, Va., Harrisburg, Pa., and ending in Englishtown, N.J. The tour also welcomed visitors who could show off their cars for the day at each location. This was the tour's first visit to Perry.

The tour included some high-end vehicles, including a 1932 Ford Deuce convertible owned by Jay Leno of "The Tonight Show, a restored 1969 Dodge Charger owned by guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepard, and a one-of-a-kind 2009 Chevrolet Camaro concept car, which was making its first public appearance on the tour.
Sitting with his 1931 Ford Model A, Perry resident Ray Shipes had prime viewing for cars arriving from the South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cook County. Drivers had stopped earlier in the day at the Cook County park for lunch and a few drag races.

"I like seeing all the cars drive by," said Shipes, who kept an eye out for cars dating earlier than 1970.

On the other end of the fairgrounds was Keith Woodall, who had already driven 1,000 miles on his 1966 Ford Mustang to Perry from Florida. This was his second year participating.

"It's really a lot of fun," Woodall said. "It's never the same thing. You see something new just about every day." He said he would making the trip home to Smiths Station, Ala., following the stop in Perry.

The tour is presented by GM Performance Division and co-sponsored by Flowmaster. To learn how to participate in next year's tour and to check out daily coverage, visit Hot Rod Magazine at www.hotrod.com.

Jenny Gordon is a community news writer for The Houston Peach. If you have an event, fund-raiser or interesting person you'd like to share, please call 923-3109 ext. 240, or email [email protected].
 

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As one of the older generation seeing all of those older gm cars that had gm selling over 50% of the cars in the USA makes me sick to see what has happend to gm brands today some how they seem to have lost there way. I think they have realized it and are trying to get it back hope there not to late.
 

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Hot Rod Power Tour in Perry

Good to see an article from back home! My dad made it to the show and caught a good look of the new Camaro. Prior to seeing it in person, he hadn't been much of a fan, but he said it looked very sharp in person. One more convert!

In contrast, he wasn't quite as big of a fan of the Crate Camaro's put together by Year One (the blue one) or Hot Rod (the green one with white stripes). In his words, they looked better in photos than they did in person.

I was hoping to catch the tail end of the power tour when it makes its way up to Englishtown, NJ, but prospects aren't looking so good.

It seems like I am never going to get to see the new one! I missed the NY auto show due to the birth of my second child, and now I am going to miss it at the Hot Rod tour. bummer.

Greg
 

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well it is good to get this car out because it looks killer in person and it could sway itself some new buyers which is a good thing
 

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perry wasn't teh first stop that it appeared on. i saw it down in orlando. i do have to say that the concept needs to be tweaked before production, like the wheel size. i ain't payin for 22in tires, and there aren't DRs in taht size
 

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well bob lutz said that the tires would probably become 18's or 20's if the camaro made it to production!
 
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