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Roadfly Magazine
Issue Eight
August 9, 2003
Cruising with Jay Leno
Hot Rod Power Tour
Paint Protection Film
Brake Pad Tech
Porsche Cayenne
Porter Cable Buffer
Coming Next Issue
Fernandez Racing
CPO Nightmares
Hot Lap: Strong Strut
Lotus Elise Preview

Hot Rod Power Tour 2003
By Justin Downum
Staff Writer

(Friday, August 1, 2003 6:45 PM EST)

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The long haulers of this year's Hot Rod Power Tour set out from Nashville and snaked through forgotten southern towns while on their way to the Big Easy before finally reaching the last stage of the weeklong tour in Texas. More than 1,500 cars could be spotted at any time either on the road or at one of the stops. Numerous manufacturers also made the trek, including Mothers, MSD Ignition, Comp Cams, Baer Brakes, Flowmaster, Edelbrock and many more. Chevrolet brought along a few prototypes as well. They had a rarely seen SS Blazer and a 6.0-liter SS regular cab pickup with a six-speed. There's no word yet on the likelihood of production for either one, but it looks promising. If it gets the green light, the six-speed transmission probably will not make it into production.

With every Power Tour, you can always count on cool cars, hot cars and hot asphalt. The 9th version was no exception. There was a car to satisfy everybody's addiction - new, old, stock, radical, future show winners and more than a few trucks.

Most of the participants anticipated the heat that the Deep South is known for during the early summer months, but the rain at the end of the tour came as somewhat of a surprise. A few showers could not bring these diehard car enthusiasts down. They came to cruise rain or shine, and Mother Nature managed to compliment the rain showers with otherwise beautiful weather. The Power Tour's attraction is the relationship between the experience of a weeklong cruise and a large group of people who have widely varied personalities who all share one common bond.

The Hot Rod Power Tour kicked off early in the morning on May 30 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville with sponsors giving away door prizes. Everyone was itching to hit the road, though, and the mid-70 degree temperature was calling. The first stage of the tour ended a short drive away at the Desoto Civic Center just outside of Memphis. The 200-mile drive was scattered with traffic jams and construction, but it was an otherwise peaceful drive through luscious green scenery - just how the Power Tourers like it. A portable chassis dyno was on hand at the Civic Center to give the owners a chance to prove their bite was as bad as their bark.

The trip to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds and Coliseum in Jackson took the drivers off the beaten path and through town after town that were nowhere to be found on any map. As you travel through life, you can take a direct route and get where you're going; or you can meander, taking a circuitous route that allows greater variety in what you see and do. The Hot Rod Power Tour is all about variety.

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