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The 2006 Hot Rod Power Tour was totally hot. It had hot cars, hot locations, hot weather, hot vendors and some really hot participants.

Pre-Tour Friday.

After running through the currently available fleet of vehicles capable of making the tour we ended up taking my wife's 2005 GTO. A bright yellow, 6 speed, 400 horsepower, 25 mpg+, air conditioned coupe was not exactly out of place on the HRPT and was a lot of fun. Trunk space is a bit limited though. We were able to keep up with traffic without too much effort. After a early (to some) morning rendezvous we went looking for the rest of the convoy - the Hall contingent decided to catch the (much) later train for the tour. The run down to Kissimmee was flawless with mild traffic and good weather. I even managed to work in some phone calls for work. We hooked up with Dennis (North Augusta), and his Dad, in his twin turbo ZO6 when he pulled into the parking lot looking for a room - talk about luck! Sign up and registration went well when they finally decided "Jake" was an acceptable variation of "Jack" on the registration form. We then hit the pool waiting for the Peak/Splitfire pre-Tour cruise-in on Friday night. Along with free t-shirts, food and other giveaways we managed to look at a few cars and meet some folks at the pre-Tour event. The turn out of late model GTOs was pretty incredible.

Saturday at Orlando Convention Center.

We hit it for a full day in the sun, after the Mobil 1 guys made it possible for us to wash our cars down in the hotel parking lot, at the Convention center. The cars in attendance were, once again, world class. The freebies ranged from T-shirts to oil filters to stickers and all items in between. Painless Performance kicked in for a sub sandwich lunch and our cooler was raided hard for water and soft drinks. The heat and humidity finally had us crying "Uncle" after 6 hours on the blacktop. Since it was still early we headed over to H&H Corvettes to check out a 1969 L88 convertible and a 1971 LS6 convertible amongst many other Corvettes I am in great need of. After a great family style Italian dinner we checked out a 1964 2 door post 6 speed Chevelle with a ZL1, an all numbers matching 1968 396/375HP 4 speed Camaro SS, a killer 66 2 door post Chevy II and other nice rides at "Poe's Performance Palace". We went to sleep with the sounds of solid lifters rattling in our heads.

Sunday dawned early and we took the non-toll route (I am cheap - what can I say) to the Superchips Brunch. What a great meal - grilled chicken and BBQ - now that is a brunch that will stick to your ribs. We then hooked up with our convoy to head to the Gainesville raceway - we had a 66 Chevy II, 1999 Saleen Mustang, 2000 Corvette, 2002 ZO6, 2005 GTO, 2004 Thunderbird, 1996 LT4 Vette and a Viper. Butch, now aka Magellan, took us on a very scenic tour of central Florida. When we made it to the track Jake, Dave,Tim, Otis and I unloaded the cars (made a large pile in the parking lot!) for tech so Jake, Otis and Dave could make some passes on the drag strip. Jake made a couple of passes in the 14's at 101 mph or so with traction issues all the way down the track - he had great reaction times and terrible 60 foot times (chip off the old leadfoot I would say). Dave also made some 14 second passes at 100 mph. Otis knocked on the doors of a 12 second pass when the lines just got too long for him to bear anymore. We met up with Bob and Robbie in Vicki's C6 at Gainesville. Being their first day on the tour they hung out a lot longer than we did! After a pass for the freebies, hanging out in the shade we could find and checking out the "new" cars on the tour we headed to the hotel and a meal from the cooler.

Monday started a little later than planned when the "early" morning departure at 0900 was a little much for some in our group. About 0940 we hit the route headed to South Georgia Motorsports for some more drag racing. I managed to briefly say hello to a Corner-Carver forum guy (in a nice 68 or 69 Roadrunner) at a rest area in passing. It is hard to keep up with any group on the trip and pre-coordination is almost required to meet on the tour! A Ford GT was out on the drag strip and I must admit it looked out of place there to me. They look much better at a road course or the autobahn. At least he had it at the track! The 2006 ZO6, also belonging on a road course, was knocking down low 12s and took the win over the Ford GT. After the GM hot dog lunch we headed out to Perry for the next stop. Perry had many, many new entries for the Tour and even had some shade trees! I even managed a few phone calls for work and to talk to my old First Sergeant in passing.

Tuesday took us from Perry to Columbia. Since I used to have a AFRES Squadron at Robins AFB and live in Augusta area this was one route I knew very well! It was good to run down the back roads with lots of cool cars. Since we has a split departure from Perry we had to rejoin our convoy on the fly. We added my ZO6 along with my youngest son Josh and Jake's girlfriend to this leg as well as friends in two Fox body Mustangs (we are an all inclusive bunch). The rejoin was very spirited and complete by the lunch stop. The Columbia location had lots of traffic, a nice breeze and very welcome shade. I even bumped into students of mine from Roebling and CMP in the crowd. It was decent place to end the tour for us this year since we could not make the Long Haul - maybe next year we can make the "Long Haul" again.

Bottom line:

* We stayed mostly hydrated
* We managed to keep sunburn to a minimum
* We saw lots and lots of great cars
* We burned less gas taking only one car for most of the Tour
* We ate a lot of meals for free
* We made drag strip runs
* We had a great time with lots of great people
* We had fun
* We decided a 1970 Duster was the one from the Tour we wanted to take home - it was flawless.
* Did I mention it was hot?
* It is still going so jump in!
 

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Well it is over for this year and everybody is headed home or there already.

Wonder what the dates and route are for next year?:gears:
 

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Varkwso said:
Well it is over for this year and everybody is headed home or there already.

Wonder what the dates and route are for next year?:gears:
Sounds like you had a great time. I'll have to make it next year. Any pics?
 

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Man you and your wife must be beat!!! That's quite a full menu of activities, about how many miles did you put on the Goat? It sounded like you "guys' had a real good time too...........

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Ironmancan said:
Sounds like you had a great time. I'll have to make it next year. Any pics?
Here is one pic taken by a friend.

My Wife does not do "car events" luckily my two sons do. My oldest son and I have done 4 HRPTs so far. Long Haul from Milwaukee to Kissimmee in a 94 Z28 (hit a deer in Ill on the Tour) and 02 ZO6 last year - that was a lot of miles!

We only put about 1500 miles on the Goat - turned 10,000 and 11,000 miles on the Tour.

Next year the route, as known, is

Cleveland, OH
Kalamazoo, MI
?, WI
Springfield, IL
?, ?
?, ?
Little Rock, AK

Looks like another TX to WI route (2004) as far as near me at either end goes...
 

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Update & Question: Racine, WI for the third stop. Is the Springfield stop in IL or MO?
 

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Update & Question: Racine, WI for the third stop. Is the Springfield stop in IL or MO?
According to Hot Rod Forum it is IL.
 

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too coool!i live in racine!when the power tour was at miller park last year,ive never seen so many rods in one place.looking forward to next years already!
 

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Party at Mark's Place!
 
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