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K&N Filters Make a Difference on the Hot Rod Power Tour
Bob Proulx, 56, enjoys the national Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour. The St. Louis, Missouri engineer started going on the seven city tour in 2001 and loves to see fantastic hot rods and meet great people. In 2005, Proulx met K&N Engineering’s Marketing and Sales Program Manager Brett Kinsfather on the tour.
The Tucker Car
Brett and I became good friends, he’s a great spokesperson for K&N,” said Proulx. “I switched to a K&N filter in my 1994 Dodge Dakota because Brett told me how good K&N products are. I really noticed a difference in my Dakota’s performance on the 2006 Hot Rod Tour. In 2005, without the K&N Filter, I was getting around 15 miles to a gallon on my Dodge. This year with my K&N Filter I was getting 19.7 miles to a gallon. It’s because of the high flow of air and free breathing that goes through the K&N Air Filter.”
Kinsfather works 16 to 17 hours a day on the tour with the K&N Truck and Trailer Program. “I spoke on stages in different cities on the tour talking about K&N Intake Systems, Oil Filters and Air Filters,” he said. “I also have long conversations with people about K&N products at the Truck and Trailer. It’s very important to build relationships with the people we meet.”
This year the Power Tour started in Kissimmee, Florida and traversed the eastern seaboard with stops in Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania before the finale at the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.
“Once I realized my Dodge wasn’t going to blow up, I had a great time,” said Proulx. “I usually load up about every tool there is in the back of my truck and help people along the way. That’s the kind of show it is, everyone is hands-on.”
Proulx said cruising America for several days in a very cool ride is awesome. There was no shortage of hot rods all the way to New Jersey. “One of the highlights on the tour was a Tucker. They were produced in 1947 in Michigan,” said Proulx. “They are on display at museums, and it was neat see one and take pictures.”
Brett Kinsfather, Bob Proulx and David Koester
Proulx and Kinsfather are officially considered “long haulers,” because they completed the entire Hot Rod Tour. Others join the tour where and when they can, meeting some of the nicest people in the collector-car hobby venue.
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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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