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K&N Truck and Trailer Team on the 2006 Hot Rod Power Tour
It’s not your average car show. The Hot Rod Power Tour 2006 is a hands-on event where enthusiasts take their prized possessions on the road. Participants drive their cars all day long, every day for a week from one location to another.
It’s a multi-state road trip that begins at the Orange County Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida and ends about a week later at the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. The stops also include Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia, the Colonial Center in Columbia, South Carolina, The Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia, and the Farm Show Complex at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Under the hood of the K&N 1955 Chevy
K&N Engineering’s Truck and Trailer Program is part of the muscle for more than 1300 miles on the tour. More than 1500 long haulers participate in the traveling seven stop car show.
“We work 16 to 17 hour days everyday on the Hot Rod Power Tour,” said Brett Kinsfather, K&N Engineering’s Marketing and Sales Program Manager. “The organizers open the event gates around 10 a.m., we set up, talk to people about K&N Products, tear down about 6 p.m. and try to get out by 8 p.m. But the day is still not over. We drove about 4 hours or so to the next venue every evening. We spent a lot of time with people who used K&N products or had lots of questions about our product. We were able to spend quality time with car enthusiasts who have cars that cost from $10,000 to $400,000.”
Tens of thousands of cars participated in the 2006 tour. “K&N immediately drew the crowd’s attention with our 55’ Chevy and 62’ Corvette,” said Brett. “At Gainesville, the Hot Rod Magazine Pontiac Solstice ran a mid 11-second quarter mile at over 120 mph on the Gainesville Raceway.”
The K&N crew had a hiccup in Perry, Georgia. The ‘55’s fuel pump went out and Brett had to take the K&N Big Rig back into Florida to pick up K&N’s Shop Supervisor John Hudson. “We did not arrive back at the Perry stop until 7 p.m.,” said Brett. “The folks at Hot Rod Magazine were having a bar-b-q at their tour bus and provided the K&N crew with burgers while we worked on replacing our fuel pump.”
On day four of the Hot Rod Power Tour the 55’ Chevy was the center of attention. It was photographed for the November issue of Hot Road Magazine. “Columbia, South Carolina is a very nice venue. The K&N crew toured 600 Racing, and met Don Miller, President of Penske Racing South.,” said Brett. “We saw their 400,000 square foot facility which houses their NASCAR team and Porsche Sports Car Team.
The next day the K&N Team was in Salem, Virginia. “It was a great venue with a huge crowd, that stayed open the longest,” said Brett. “Power Tour participants stuck around past 7 pm and enjoyed the show.” Thousands of people with a passion for automobiles parked their own hot rods in the civic center parking lot or simply came to stare at the cars.
David Koester, Don Miller and Brett Kinsfather
Guitar legend Kenny Wayne Shepard was at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania driving his Xtreme Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger. Harrisburg was a good show, despite the storm clouds, said Brett. “K&N gave away Fuel Injection Performance Kits and Kenny Wayne Shepard gave away an autographed Fender guitar.”
At Englishtown, New Jersey, the final stop, cars were out in full force at the drag strip all day. “We met so many great people,” said Brett. “Each day K&N Engineering gave away FIPK’s and replacement filters. We had meet and greets with legends, vendors and everyday car people. We showcased our range of K&N products at the Hot Rod Power Tour and met the many people who use K&N.”
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K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world''s leader in performance filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports from off-road and powersports to drag racing, stock cars and road racing. For more information about K&N Filters, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 213-4182 for a dealer near you, (800) 858-3333 for technical service/questions, (951) 826-4001 Fax, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.knfilters.com.
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