Hot Rod Power Tour Driver will Take 1994 Pontiac Firebird on the Ultimate Road Trip
Road trips take on a whole new meaning on the Hot Rod Power Tour. On its 15th anniversary the 2009 Power Tour will kick off June 6 in Madison, Wisconsin at the Alliant Energy Center. On Sunday June 7 it moves to Racine, Wisconsin.
The multi-state road trip rolls on through Chicago to South Bend, Indiana on June 8, at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds, then to the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan on June 9. The group plans to show support to the American automotive industry in Detroit. The tour continues to Dayton, Ohio at the University of Dayton Arena on June 10 and Somerset, Kentucky at The Center for Rural Development on June 11.
1994 Pontiac Firebird on the Hot Rod Power Tour
A few of the participants take a break in Michigan on the Hot Rod Power Tour
Bob Proulx left and friends on the Hot Rod Power Tour
The group of Camaro’s Cadillac DeVille’s, Dodge Challengers and many more makes and models will finish at Thunder Mountain at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.
Bob Proulx plans to be on the tour with his 1994 Pontiac Firebird. The St.
Louis, Missouri engineer began going on the tour in 2001 and is considered a long-hauler. Long-haulers complete the entire tour where others join it
and drop out along the way.
“If the price of gas stays the way it is we’ll get a lot more people this year,” said Proulx. “The numbers were down last year because of gas prices. A lot of these guys drive the real hot rod muscle cars and it gets expensive.”
Collectable and vintage automotives rumble through the streets. It is not your typical auto show because the cars are not behind yellow tape.
Spectators touch cars and drivers go through bad weather in their prized possessions.
“My Firebird typically gets used once in a while on weekends,” he said. “But this year, I’ll enjoy taking it on the Hot Rod Power Tour. I have a K&N air filter on my
Pontiac Firebird and I enjoy the extra power and filtration. I expect to get 22 to 23 mph on the highway on the Power Tour.”
Drivers from all over the world are expected to register and participate in this year’s event.
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