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That's cool, Thanks!! Just in my back yard.
 

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I've done the Power Tour the last two years in a row with Jade, but unfortunately we won't be making it this year. Muskegon and St. Louis should be really awesome stops, along with the party in DFW.

Get ready for the time of your life and the start of an addiction.... :thumbsup:
 

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I've heard of this, but not seen much about it. It's coming pretty close to me. So what's the deal? There are 2 cities that I could go to the events. Are the events at the cities the fun part, or is there a cruise between cities? What should I look for?

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We will be going on the Milford to Muskegon portion. It will be good to see you again Uncle Bob.
Great. We should be easy to find as we'll be driving a red Camaro. (>:}



It looks like there are some interesting things going on the week before so we may come down a couple of days earlier. We will be planning our return trip so that we can take in the Nascar race at MIS on the 16th.

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I've heard of this, but not seen much about it. It's coming pretty close to me. So what's the deal? There are 2 cities that I could go to the events. Are the events at the cities the fun part, or is there a cruise between cities? What should I look for?

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Wow, where do I begin..... It's the most amazing time that I've ever had and I've done and participated in some pretty spectacular things. It's not really so much Hot Rod that makes it fun, it's the people you meet along the way and lifelong friendships that you'll make.

Each day there is a drivers meeting hosted by Hot Rod. It’s not mandatory, but if you’re traveling “alone” and never been on the PT, then I highly encourage you to attend. Hot Rod officials go over the route, if there are any lunch stops along the way, and if there are any detours and/or construction. The drivers meetings are usually the same time every morning, unless you are switching time zones, which we’ll be doing this year.

Now the actually route hasn’t been released yet, and last year we waited until May before it was “officially” released. Of course info gets leaked out, just like with anything else, but I wouldn’t believe until you see on the website or in the Magazine. The route is suggested, not mandatory, so don’t think you have to follow it turn by turn. I’ve followed the route and I’ve taken my own way. It just all depends on how far the next venue is and what time we leave from the hotel in the morning. Sometimes I feel like cruising the interstate and sometimes I like getting the next venue early, especially if something is going on; for example auto cross, drag racing, or the chance to drive around the most famous track in the world. The leg between Gateway International Raceway and Miami OK is going to be brutal, and if I were going, I would take nothing but I44. In fact, the only time Jade would detour off the interstate would be to get gas and/or bathroom break.

Once you arrive at the venue, someone from Family Events will park you. They park everyone together, including the Long Haulers, which always seems to be an issue. Both years that I’ve done the PT, I’ve been a Long Hauler, and the most frustrating part is when you drive all day, 6 plus hours, to get to the next venue, only to be parked miles away from the main stage and sponsor set-ups. Why do you get parked so far away? Because local cruisers, or people that are only doing one or two stops get there first, and usually show up before the vendors; so, they pretty much take every spot that’s remotely close to all the action. Then when the entire convoy shows up, all the spots are taken, so you’re forced to park literally miles away and walks. It sucks!!

Once you get the venue, there is every sponsor that you can imagine with anything and everything that you’d need for sale. If you’re taking a brand new Camaro, chances are you won’t need anything but cleaning supplies. But when you’re taking a 45 year old RS/SS Big Block on the PT, you tend to use things up and/or encounter some issues along the way. If you’re a Long Hauler, you get a “goodie bag” at each and every stop to help you out along the way. For example, Mothers, will give Long Haulers free detail spray and what nots to help get your ride shining during the entire tour. Lucas Oil does the same thing. Around 4:00 at every stop, Hot Rod opens up the Main Stage and they give away a ton of free things. For example, in 2010 I won a full custom exhaust from Magna Flow for any vehicle I want. It was a blank check, sort of speaks, signed and dated by Magna Flow. GM, Chevrolet, also gives away a TON of things. Grand prizes include crate motors, both small block and big block, and a new 2SS Camaro. In 2010 they gave away a coupe and last year a convertible. They are fully loaded 2SS with aftermarket products on it from all the sponsors of the tour.

Once the venue closes, usually around 6-7, then the fun starts. Each and every hotel parking lot for as long as the eye can see, is nothing but a HUGE car show and block party. There are burn-out contest, people socializing, and of course deals to be had there. That’s when I’d spend my time going over Jade, making sure nothing vibrated loose and just relaxing watching all the craziness. Some people just cruise from parking lot to parking lot drooling over all the cars. Some people go to bed early and call it a night. Me, I was up till two in the morning relaxing in a lawn chair drinking some ice cold ones in Montgomery. It’s your vacation, use as you like.

It’s a weeklong car show event that rolls on wheels. You’ll never see so many cars in your life, or meet some of the greatest people. And you’ll never have or experience the feeling when you roll through some of the small towns that make up this Great Country and they are all standing on the sidewalks waving the American Flag as you cruise through. Some stores beg the cars to stop, offering free water, discounts on gas, free food with a fill up. You name it, you’ll see or experience it. The first time I rolled through a small town and saw all the American Flags waving, it took me back to the first time I came home from Iraq. It’s that powerful!!! That’s what the Power Tour is all about!!!
 

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Wow! Awesome write-up! Looks like I'll be hitting the 2 cities in Oklahoma, if that's where it ends up going, because I'll have to play hooky from work to go. :)
 

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Great. We should be easy to find as we'll be driving a red Camaro. (>:}



It looks like there are some interesting things going on the week before so we may come down a couple of days earlier. We will be planning our return trip so that we can take in the Nascar race at MIS on the 16th.

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WE'll be looking for you.
 

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Thanks for the info! :thumbsup: the last stop in Grand Prairie TX is less than 5 minutes from my house.
 

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WE'll be looking for you.
Good, I'll look for you in a red Camaro with no licence plate on the front. (>:}
BTW, I looked at your profile and it says you have a "2010 2SS/RS M6 2010 DODGE"?? Typo, past ride or looking for a new ride?

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Thanks for the info! :thumbsup: the last stop in Grand Prairie TX is less than 5 minutes from my house.
Lucky you. We have 2 visits to make in Katy and Amarillo Tx on the way back, then the Nascar race on Saturday in Detroit.

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