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Power Tour 2007
Wednesday, June 4
Lake Charles, LA to Red River Raceway, Shreveport (Gilliam), LA

“Long Distance Love”

Ah, what a day! Even though some bad things happened (more rain, and another cancellation of my grudge match race with Doc Riley), good things overwhelmed the bad far and away.

It started at 6:00 a.m. when I checked the on-line story to make sure everything looked okay from last night’s upload. As a habit, I checked e-mail and found the following message:

Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 06:14:43 -0400
From: Blondeangl---@---.com
To:


Subject: hey
Hey my Boyfriend is on the power tour right now. He has a 97 WS6 LT1 Trans am with Corvette Rims. If u see him at the show you should snap a picture of his car. That would make his day having his car seen. It is black. It has some stickers on it. Thank you I would love it if u could. It would make me happy since I miss him so much.
Sincerely Danielle

How can I dismiss a plea based on true love? I started making plans to unite the two lovebirds while we were Touring our way from Lake Charles to Shreveport.

There really isn’t a good way to get to Shreveport that doesn’t involve going out of your way or driving down pothole-infested roads. So, we gritted our teeth and had at it. Along the way, we spied a bump on the shoulder and stopped the ’59 on the side of the road just in front of it. Following is an actual transcript of our conversation as we walked up:

Forrest: “You know, in a Rorschach inkblot test kinda way, this poor Armadillo epitomizes the struggle between man and nature, as our technology continues to encroach on their environment. What do you think it looks like, Gary?”

Gary: “I think it looks like breakfast.”

Yes, that’s right, we were standing over a genuine Louisiana armadillo, and Gary was more interested in filling his belly than wondering about the poor armadillo’s family.

We hopped back in the ’59 and soon stopped for breakfast, but I wasn’t hungry.

The remainder of our drive was as I like them — uneventful. All too soon we arrived at Red River Raceway in Gilliam, a suburb of Shreveport. While Gary and the crew set up, I cruised the aisles looking for cool rides.

Here’s what I found:

A heavyweight car like this ’70s Caprice convertible that came all the way down from Canada deserves a heavyweight motor.

How about 502 cubic inches of GM crate power?

Those Canadians know how to motivate a heavyweight, eh?

Somehow, during the past days of Touring, I managed to miss this ultra-sweet 1971 ’Cuda.

It’s triple black (black vinyl roof, black paint and black interior). It’s capable of punishing its inhabitants (no air conditioning in an all-black car) as well as any lesser cars that get in its way. The hood emblem tells it all:

Since this seems to be the day of mega-motored cars, how about a rat? It’s the Comp Cams ’67 Chevrolet Chevelle model 300.

It packs 427 cubic inches of go-power, a 4-speed transmission, and is devoid of any options, including a radio. If it don’t help it go, it ain’t in there.

Yeppers, those are 425 (under-rated) horses in this low-dollar monster.

Remember all those fins from the Mopars the last couple of days? It looks like the Caddy guys made a decent showing in the early ’60s, too.

After walking the show, I heard the announcer say the drag strip had opened for any interested participants. I walked back to see if any of the Mothers® crew was interested in watching, and found the ’63 and Jim both missing. It didn’t take long to put 2 and 2 together:

But I won’t tell, if you won’t. Nope, I didn’t see the tires smoking, I didn’t see the car go down the strip. I didn’t see anything. The sun was in my eyes. (Add your own lie here.)

Ray Flugger, the President of Flowmaster Exhaust Company built a sweet ’60s Comet a few years back. Ray couldn’t be here this year since business was so good, but he sent the car. Someone “borrowed” it for a run against Air Ride Technology’s Mustang.

If there had actually been a race, I think the Comet would have won. But, since it never happened, I guess we’ll never know. I didn’t see anything happen there, either. Did you? Of course not.

The hit of the day was Tony Caprio’s wheel-standing PT Cruiser. Tony wowed the crowd with a 9-second pass down the quarter-mile, while on the back tires only!

Now that’s driving! Tony even helped remove some of the Louisiana mosquitoes with a little burst from the ol’ pipes.

Anything to help — Tony’s my kind of guy.

Unfortunately, the skies opened again and put an end to the racing action. It also washed-out our grudge race on the Bar Fly bar stools

One of these days, Doc.

So, it was back up to the stage and my comedy/weather act with Doc. He threatened to revoke my weathercaster’s license if I let any more rain fall on his parade, so I threatened him with a ride in the ’63, with me driving.

He rescinded his threat. I didn’t.

While on stage, I took the opportunity to let Doc know about the lonely hearts e-mail I mentioned at the top of today’s story. Doc, in his ever-helping way, grabbed my laptop and proceeded to read the e-mail to the entire crowd, ending with a plea for Danielle’s boyfriend to visit our trailer so I could snap a photo to ease her pain.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

As we were packing-up a little bit later, a black Trans Am WS6 drove up. Out hopped Danielle’s true love and errant Power Tour participant.

Here you go Danielle, your boyfriend’s alive and kicking in Louisiana tonight.

Just look at those sad eyes. I think he misses Danielle, too.

Tomorrow ends it — we leave Louisiana for the Republic of Texas, where Arlington awaits. No telling what kind of fun we can find in the 200-plus miles of westbound driving.

I know one thing, though. . . we’ll be in the middle of it!

Your humble and obedient servant,

Your humble and obedient servant,

Forrest Tosie
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2003 Cruise Night Schedule

Friday, May 30
Gaylord Opryland Resort
Nashville, Tennessee

Saturday, May 31
Desoto Civic Center
Memphis, Tennessee

Sunday, June 1
The Fairgrounds and Coliseum
Jackson, Mississippi

Monday, June 2
Fair Grounds Race Course
New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuesday, June 3
Lake Charles Civic Center
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Wednesday, June 4
Red River Raceway
Shreveport, Louisiana

Thursday, June 5
and Friday, June 6

The Ball Park in Arlington
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

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