Hot Rod Power Tour in the Sun

Click Here to Begin Slideshow After a couple days with liquid sunshine, the weather cleared up for the trip from Bristol to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY. This was the first time the Power Tour came to the venue, and I think the track was a bit overwhelmed. It took nearly an hour to get inside and parked, but we got to go through the tunnel to get inside the track. The kid in me couldn’t resist putting the car in neutral and revving the engine while I was going through. There are some things you’re never too old to do… The venue was packed, as they all are. Cars were coming and going until closing time. Lots of cars were getting hot sitting in line waiting to get in, and I saw something I’ve never seen before at a big event. Several cars that were overheating pulled into an unused parking lot and did some cooling laps, driving around the lot with their hoods open to get their cars cooled down. A creative solution to a common problem. The beautiful ’67 Mustang with the front-end damage was involved in an accident on the first day of the tour. He was able to get the car drivable, and as you can see he made to Kentucky. He is having people sign the hood with a sharpie, and he is going to keep the hood as a souvenir from the tour. After Kentucky Speedway, we made the journey to Lucas Oil Speedway in Indianapolis. The track was open for cars to run ¼ miles, and there were dozens of cars lined up to run all afternoon. The nice weather also seemed to inspire more people to sit out by their cars and share their stories. Unfortunately, the rain returned in a big way on the route to our next stop, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I had an unexpected adventure along the way, as a universal joint in my ’71 Pontiac failed in Pendelton, IN. A huge shout out to Falls Park Tire and Auto for stopping what they were doing to help me out and get my car repaired quickly. In my first post about the tour I spoke about the stories and the people. Now I’ve got a story of my own about the great people you meet during the Hot Rod Power Tour. With temperature in the low 50’s, rain and 30 mph wind, the day was a bust for a car show. Thanks to the people in Fort Wayne for doing a good job with the venue. Let’s hope Mother Nature smiles on us as we head to our last stop, Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH.

Hot Rod Power Tour in the Sun

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After a couple days with liquid sunshine, the weather cleared up for the trip from Bristol to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY. This was the first time the Power Tour came to the venue, and I think the track was a bit overwhelmed. It took nearly an hour to get inside and parked, but we got to go through the tunnel to get inside the track. The kid in me couldn’t resist putting the car in neutral and revving the engine while I was going through. There are some things you’re never too old to do…
The venue was packed, as they all are. Cars were coming and going until closing time. Lots of cars were getting hot sitting in line waiting to get in, and I saw something I’ve never seen before at a big event. Several cars that were overheating pulled into an unused parking lot and did some cooling laps, driving around the lot with their hoods open to get their cars cooled down. A creative solution to a common problem.
The beautiful ’67 Mustang with the front-end damage was involved in an accident on the first day of the tour. He was able to get the car drivable, and as you can see he made to Kentucky. He is having people sign the hood with a sharpie, and he is going to keep the hood as a souvenir from the tour.
After Kentucky Speedway, we made the journey to Lucas Oil Speedway in Indianapolis. The track was open for cars to run ¼ miles, and there were dozens of cars lined up to run all afternoon. The nice weather also seemed to inspire more people to sit out by their cars and share their stories.
Unfortunately, the rain returned in a big way on the route to our next stop, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I had an unexpected adventure along the way, as a universal joint in my ’71 Pontiac failed in Pendelton, IN. A huge shout out to Falls Park Tire and Auto for stopping what they were doing to help me out and get my car repaired quickly. In my first post about the tour I spoke about the stories and the people. Now I’ve got a story of my own about the great people you meet during the Hot Rod Power Tour. With temperature in the low 50’s, rain and 30 mph wind, the day was a bust for a car show. Thanks to the people in Fort Wayne for doing a good job with the venue. Let’s hope Mother Nature smiles on us as we head to our last stop, Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH.

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Russell Muller is a photographer specializing in automotive events. He has been covering car show events and shooting magazine feature cars for several national publications since 2013.

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