Are we in Texas or Arkansas?

Four States Fairgrounds, Texarkana, AR

Welcome to Day 2 of our 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour coverage, except that this is technically Day 1 of the Tour that we’re talking about here. Are you confused? So am I. At least we can seek comfort in the fact that we’re still not as lost as Mothers’ own Krashy Ken behind the wheel. On with this latest adventure.

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Moving Into Razorback Country

Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Little Rock, AR

Our own Jim Holloway treated the guests of our hotel in Texarkana to a very early morning in the form of a 750hp Corvette wake up call.. From the sound of things we’re pretty sure he blew the shells off the crustaceans chilling next door. On behalf of everyone at Mothers, sorry about that.

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Down Home on the Farm

Memphis International Raceway, Millington, TN

Day 3 for the 2013 Power Tour began just like any other. An early morning wake-up call followed by a mad scramble to pack up after a one-night stand in a far-flung city. The fact that I’m not sleeping enough in a bed that’s not my own is quickly forgiven once we arrive at the daily driver’s meetings. Surrounded by good cars and great people is not a bad way to start the day.

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Getting Back to Our Roots

Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover (Birmingham), AL

Today on the Tour was a landmark day for a few reasons, first of which being that I was finally able to elbow-flip eight quarters. The second reason was an epiphany of our own Ken Holland. Ken wants to get back to the core of the Hot Rod Power Tour – you, the participants. This rolling car show wouldn’t be possible without all of you and our goal with this Power Tour blog has always been to highlight your participation. The other landmark occasion was the arrival of our mother, as in mom, Barbara Holloway.

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A Day of Education With Museums and Colleges and Stuff

Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga, TN

It’s Day 5 and I’m running out of underwear, but the Tour waits for no man, and no undergarments either. Today we went 194.3 miles from Birmingham, Alabama to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our side trip was a visit to the Barber Motorsports Park located on the eastern edge of Birmingham.

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From Four-Lane Highways to Four-Wide Drag Strips

zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC

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.

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More Than Just Hot Rods – Meeting New People and Going to Great Places


Another Power Tour is in the books. Nineteen years long, nineteen years strong. I’ve always said that the Power Tour is the wildest, road trippin’, rolling car show ever conceived but even more than an eclectic mix of outstanding hot rods of all shapes and sizes, the Power Tour is about the people. You can’t have a great party without great people (and Cheeze Whiz, that’s always a must!). The cars may be the stars, but it’s the participants on the Power Tour who make this trip so memorable.

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