2014 Power Tour Introduction

  Each and every Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour is special in its own way, but the 2014 edition also marks the 20th anniversary of the world’s most renown rolling road show. Our Mothers Polish crew boasts a perfect attendance record and we plan to keep the streak alive this year. Twenty years ago, we never imagined that our participation would expand from our own Forrest Tosie and Ken Holland sharing a rental car (and other unmentionables as well) to a fully stocked Big Rig and crew. Of course, the Power Tour wouldn’t be complete without Forrest on the mic each day. We don’t know what we’d do without our daily dose of trivia and weather prognostications from the man himself. We can’t wait to hear about the dew point, heat index and chief export of Bettondorf, Iowa.   Alas, Ken, the peanut butter to Forrest’s jelly, the peas to

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2014 Power Tour – Day 00 Preview

We made it! Well, our Big Rig crew did at least. Welcome back to another year of the fabled Hot Rod Power Tour. At Mothers, we’re proud to support this great event for each and every one of the twenty annual editions. The kickoff party starts today in Charlotte, but our Big Rig crew arrived on Thursday and kicked things off in Mooresville, NC with a visit to our good friends at Detroit Speed, Inc. Thanks to the good people at Detroit Speed we were able to wash off some of those hard miles and give our Big Rig that Mothers Polish treatment. While at Detroit Speed we were given a quick tour of their impressive facilities. These guys specialize in making hot rods handle and they offer manufactured solutions to this end as well as a complete fabrication facility to transform any vehicle into a corner carving monster. We

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2014 Power Tour – Day 0 Kickoff Party

Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour. This is the 20th anniversary of the Power Tour and it’s been going on for twenty years long and twenty years strong. This year we started things off from Charlotte’s zMAX Dragway, right where we left off last year. Traffic going into the track was stacked. Fortunately this young man and his son were kind enough to let us sneak into the line. You can’t see it, but he’s actually showing us his Mothers Polish shirt. Thanks for the love and the cutsies! Once inside we say our own Big Rig crew had everything set up. Um, we don’t care what you’re selling, Bernice Ussery, we’ll take ten. Actually, Bernice is flossing our latest and greatest Power Tour shirt. We were fortunate enough to get this Nova from our friends at Detroit Speed to display at our Big Rig.

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2014 Power Tour – Day 1

Welcome back to our coverage of the 2014 Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour. Today saw us kick things off at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. After a very late night and an early start Shane needed his Starbuck’s fix and I just needed a nap. Just some me time, to reboot and recharge. Know what I mean? Since it is the twentieth anniversary of the Tour, Mr. Hot Rod and resident Road Killer, David Freiburger took time out of the driver’s meeting to interview this guy. He’s been on nearly every leg of every Power Tour. Now that’s a long hauler. And his beard game is on point to boot. This guy is trying to cram ten pounds of stuff into an eight-pound trunk. Truly an art to making it all fit! Hey you, on the right, get your act together and get a Mothers shirt! As we left

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2014 Power Tour – Day 2

This morning we woke up in Knoxville, Tennessee. After a nutritious and delicious breakfast, we needed to top our tanks before setting off on our Day Two journey. Our driving directions told us it would be 301.3 miles to downtown Charleston, West Virginia. These route signs told us we’d be getting lost along the way. Jim took the lead in MOM’S ZR1. Rich and Paige Udell and Hoochie Momma, the wonder dog followed suit. Their ZR1 is much like our model, except it’s white, like our Farmer’s tan lines. After a marathon one-hour stint on the road, Shane and Hoochie Momma needed a potty break. At least we were comforted with the fact that we could buy Tahoe cigs and Wrangler jeans in the same place. After they relieved themselves both Shane and Hoochie Momma felt much better. For the record, Shane is on the left. Back on the road,

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2014 Power Tour – Day 3

We wanted to start the day off with a drag race. However, our own Jim Holloway laughed so hard that he couldn’t bring our ZR1 4 MOM to line up against Shane Christman in our rented Navigator. Day 3 began with our usual posse in tow. Yeah, nothing about this group screams multiple moving violations, does it? In the lot, curious onlookers asked Ted Dzus if his big banana of a Henry J had an engine. He said yes, and popped the hood. Widespread agreement ensued. Today we left Charleston, West Virginia and made our way along 287 beautiful miles to Summit Motorsports Park at Norwalk, Ohio. It seems Shane has a bit of a barn fetish. We’re not sure if he just likes saying, “Hey, look, my barn door is open!” or he’s intrigued at the prospect of something that reads, “Male Pouch.” No, that isn’t a typo and after

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2014 Power Tour – Day 4

Welcome back to our 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour coverage and ice cream social. Since I ate all the ice cream, the only thing left is to share our experiences from the road more traveled. We took off early today with a 7:00 am call time (or sevenish if you’re me). We had 325.4 miles to cover from Norwalk, Ohio to the Lake County Fair at Crown Point, Indiana. Here we see our own Jim Holloway carving the cloverleaf in our ZR1 4 MOM. Not shown is our own Shane Christman pitching the back end of our rental Navigator. Also not shown is me regretting the midnight all-you can eat pizza party I hosted in my bed the night prior. Since I was still feeling queasy from the first part of the drive, I felt a sensible breakfast would set things straight. And I can’t think of anything more sensible

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2014 Power Tour – Day 5

Welcome back to another episode of As the Tour Turns. When we last left our heroes (hey, that’s us!), they were embarking on a 251.8-mile cruise from Crown Point, Indiana to the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa. See ya, Crown Point, Indiana. Wouldn’t wanna be ya. If anyone from the Crown Point Visitors and Tourism Bureau is reading this post, that previous statement was in no way intended to denigrate the, no doubt sterling reputation of your fine metropolis. It’s just something that people say. And with that, this concludes the PC portion of our programming. Eli Reed, driving his murdered Charger with Hunter Gilbertson riding shotgun. Their combined age is still less than mine and for that reason alone they should carry my luggage up to my room every night. In fact, when I was his age, I didn’t have a car that cool (still don’t). Okay, they

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2014 Power Tour – Day 6

This is it, the last day of the 2014 Power Tour. Today we went 203.3 miles from Bettendorf, Iowa to the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Our own Jim Holloway led our Mothers Polish group in the Lingenfelter LS3-powered Magnuson supercharged Vista Cruiser. In keeping with our routine we started the morning by topping off our thirsty beasts with fuel and filling our ravenous bellies with the finest snack cakes, beef jerky, candy and chips that a roadside mini mart has to offer. While we were gassing and gorging we stumbled upon our friends from Ringbrothers and their latest creation. Do believe that this is the heartiest party bus you’ve ever seen. Don’t believe me? Check out yesterday’s post for more pictures of this bad boy. At the Bettendorf BP we were all a little perplexed that the diesel-green pump handles were attached to the unleaded tanks. Unless

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2014 Power Tour – Recap

The house lights have come on at the 2014 edition of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour. Much like any great show our senses are still ringing in the aftermath. This year, the Power Tour celebrated its 20th anniversary. Think about that for a moment. If the Power Tour was a person it would be able to legally drive, vote and defend our country, but not yet order a drink in it (which the logic of the last two befuddle me). The Power Tour could be well on its way to an undergraduate degree, mastering both a major of study and the art of beer pong. Yes, our Power Tour is all grown up. Mothers Polish has been supporting the Power Tour for every single one of its twenty editions, beginning with a small presence that grew into one of our beautiful Big Rigs stocked with the finest car care

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