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Power Tour 2007
Saturday, June 10
Panama City Beach, FL

“We’re Outta Here!”

Hard to believe, but we’re done with. Finis. The end. Today the festival continues in Panama City, but us short timers/long haulers have nothing left but memories. But, that’s okay. As compensation we have a terrific view from our high rise hotel overlooking the Gulf.

Not that I would be looking, but I’d almost bet there are young nubile bikini babes in the pool some 12 floors below.

Jack Webb used to talk about a million stories in the city of Los Angeles on Dragnet. There are at least that many on any given Power Tour. This Detroit based lady cruiser had plenty o’ bad luck — first the steering box gave out near the Grand Canyon on her ’46 Chevy, then the wrecker door flew open and dented her quarter panel. She had a great attitude, though. She figured it would make a great way to meet a guy.

Of course, not any guy, but a car guy.

Early in the morning it’s easy to find cool cars, and cool folks. Even if the temperature is 92º at 10:00 am. Take this ’48 Merc. Better yet, just try to buy it. Some cars you just can’t afford, especially when they’re a labor of love.

This ’57 Chevy 210 is the one we showed you at San Bernardino the first day. Believe it or not, on an almost nonexistant budget they drove it from Maryland to L.A. and back to Florida. Now that’s a long hauler. It is, I would guess, the most famous Imperial Starcruiser in the Galaxy. Failures? Just an alternator and driveshaft. Not bad for a car as old as I am.

Florida offers many opportunities. Take off-roading, for instance. Some folks want to do the sand, but don’t want to drive a truck. here’s the easy answer — your run of the mill, everyday four wheel drive Camaro.

I looked high and low for my favorite Hot Rod writer, that (other than me) old curmudgeon Gray Baskerville. I needed help. (Well, with a car — everyone knows I need help.) For the life of me, I couldn’t even come close to identifying this car. If anyone could, it would have been Gray.

Even though I now drive a Chrysler, my heart lies with Fords. While this one isn’t real, it’s a stunning clone of a ’67 Shelby GT350. And, it’s another great story — fella owned it since new, when he purchased it after returning from Viet Nam. And, he has every piece of paper from the entire ownership. And my friends think I’m anal.

At noon, when the party actually started, it was over 90º and oh so humid. I had to call it quits. The beach road to Pensacola beckoned, where I would find my granddad, who turns 90 in two months. Less than 100 miles to my birthplace and lots of history. Like I said earlier — What a long, strange trip it’s been.

So, I made my rounds, saying good bye to old friends — Todd from MSD, Jeff Moses of ACC Carpets, the other Todd of Baer Brakes, Ray Flugger of Flowmaster, Jim Lohsee of carparts.com, and Vortech Bob. We all had a great time.

I couldn’t have made it without all the trick parts made just for my PT Cruiser — those adjustable Koni struts, the killer Eibach lowering springs, the unique Intro billet wheels, the Toyo tires which managed to fend off all the potholes and bumps we encountered, the cool sounding Borla dual exhaust, the K&N filtercharger which weeded out the desert dust, and the Covercraft custom fit Evolution 4 cover which kept my clean car clean overnight. Of course, what really made the difference in how folks looked at us was all the work done by TGF/Metalcrafters. Their aerodynamic aids front and rear really made us stand out in a sea of PT Cruisers. And, the smoothed and painted bumpers were unique among the crowd, too.

It was a great ride. I can’t wait for next year.

Story and photos by,

Forrest Tosie
Mothers® Polishes•Waxes•Cleaners



2000 Cruise Night Schedule

Thursday, June 1
San Bernardino, CA

Friday, June 2
S. Bernardino, CA to Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, June 3
Phoenix, AZ to Albuquerque, NM

Sunday, June 4
Albuquerque, NM to Elk City, OK

Monday, June 5
Elk City, OK to Tulsa, OK

Tuesday, June 6
Tulsa, OK to Tunica, MS

Wednesday, June 7 (DAY OFF)
Tunica, MS

Thursday, June 8
Tunica, MS to Talladega, AL

Friday, June 9
Talladega, AL to
Panama City Beach, FL

Saturday, June 10
Panama City Beach, FL


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