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Issue Eight
Table of Contents

Past Issues Index
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, continued.

Along the road less traveled, small Ma and Pa stores stocked with MoonPies and RC Cola were the norm. Only in the South can you count on finding those nutritious snacks at every gas station. Kidding aside, one could not go wrong when it came to food on this trip. We had the city of Memphis and its barbeque - no explanation is needed for that combination. Louisiana had its Cajun food, and Texas offered its own version of barbeque. And Mississippi, well, there's always grits.

Gasoline powered bar stool races greeted everyone at the Fair Grounds Equestrian Race Course in New Orleans after another relaxing drive through the country. The manufacturer, Bar Fly, had constructed a miniature tri-oval racetrack modeled after Charlotte's Lowes Motor Speedway. A bar stool race is something to behold because you literally sit on a bar stool that is built into a small go-kart frame. Visions of Donkey Kong trying to ride in the original Mario Kart came to mind.

The tour took a short detour for a lunchtime pit stop at a little place called No Problem Raceway Park while on the way to the Lake Charles Civic Center on Tuesday. An eclectic group of vehicles attacked the park's 1.8-mile road course. Spectators watched as a Pantera and an old Dodge pickup took their paces around the track. And nobody will forget the Ford SVT Lightning that ran away from the C5 Corvette. The No Problem drag strip offered plenty of excitement for the more straight-line inclined, especially when a late-model Trans Am lost a T-top at the 1,000-foot mark. Somehow, the T-top survived the 90 mph take-off intact, keeping the lucky driver from having to finish the tour with a garbage bag as a roof.

Wednesday's stop was at Red River Raceway in Shreveport, Louisiana. Rain put a dampener on this stage, but a break in the clouds allowed time for more drag racing by the time the Power Tourers arrived. Tony Caprio's wheel-standing PT Cruiser wowed the crowd with a 9-second pass down the quarter-mile while only on the back tires! A few of the sponsors also got into the action. Mothers' red '63 Nova convertible lit the tires up a few times, and Air Ride Technology's late-model Mustang and Flowmaster's '60s Comet convertible were also up to the challenge.

The last day of the Hot Rod Power Tour ended at The Ball Park in Arlington, Texas with more rain. Eventually, the rain subsided, and a huge crowd gathered for the final party. Over 900 cars made the long haul from Nashville to Arlington relatively incident free. Sure, a few breakdowns occurred, but the sponsors were more than willing to help as much as they could, not to mention the fellow tourers.

The Tour is much different now than nine years ago, but one thing that hasn't changed over the years has been the friendships. New friends are made each year on the Tour, and it gives people a chance to catch up with old friends too.

A special thanks goes out to Forrest Tosie for providing the material for this story. You can read his complete set of travel logs at

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