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2005 Photo Gallery

Power Tour 2007
Sunday, June 5
Milwaukee, WI to Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL

“Sunday Drivers”

It’s morning, time to leave the hotel and head out to the driver’s meeting.

Outside of Miller Park, the Power Tour cars line up to get inside the Stadium’s parking lot.

This 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 got in a wreck on the way to the Power Tour. I haven’t had a chance to talk to the guy yet, but this is not uncommon. It seems like every year, a car shows up with battle scars.

8:30 a.m., inside the stadium’s parking lot.

The driver’s meeting is dead center straight ahead, to the right of the arch.

That’s Hot Rod’s David Freiburger on stage, in red, with the bullhorn.

Take a look at this paint job.

Look closer.

Orange peel paint—literally.

We’re off. It doesn’t take more than a few hours to bypass Chicago and get to the rural stretches of Illinois.

I really wanted to stop at Mars Cheese Castle. Not because of the cheese, or the castle, or Mars, whatever that means. It’s because the sum of the whole must be greater than the individual parts. At least that’s what my child-like, logically-challenged mind wants to believe.

The Mothers rig approaches Springfield.

The Power Tour entry at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

You know Jay Leno likes Oldsmobiles (along with practically any vehicle with wheels and an engine — internal combustion, steam or turbine). For this year’s event, Jay sent along his twin-turbo, 1,000-horsepower, rear-drive Toronado with a prototype GM small-block.

Speaking of Oldsmobiles, I rode this leg of the tour with Mark Thatcher in his pristine 1970 Oldsmobile 442. He’s pictured below on the right, standing next to our new junior sales representative, Mike.

Only one more Oldsmobile, I swear. Here’s a beautiful 1956 Olds Holiday Coupe.

There were plenty of cool cars at the Springfield stop, starting with this 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500.

Toyo Tire’s Chris Young, the luckiest man in the automotive aftermarket, shows of his warning ticket. Come on, the guy just screams “give me an expensive ticket, pleeeaseee.” What were they thinking?

How about this for an unusual build-up: Chevrolet Corvair, front engine conversion, Buick V8. Can they fit a Dodge transmission in for good measure?

As always our 1967 El Camino is a big hit.

It’s 6:00 p.m. and Forrest just arrived. He seems unusually happy. Take a look.

See, he’s even smiling. Really. There’s hardly any steam coming out his ears, and his eyes are barely crossed. And look at how shiny his coat is. I am so proud. Those anger management classes are really paying off.

Tomorrow we hit the road for Indy. Until then, Good bye and good night.

Ken Holland
Mothers® Polishes•Waxes•Cleaners

2005 Cruise Night Schedule

Saturday, June 4
Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
Painless Performance Kick-Off Cruise Night!

Sunday, June 5
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Springfield, Illinois

Monday, June 6
Indianapolis Raceway Park
Indianapolis, IN

Tuesday, June 7
Gaylord Opryland Resort
Nashville, TN

Wednesday, June 8
Birmingham Race Course
Birmingham, AL

Thursday June 9
North Florida Fairgrounds
Tallahassee, FL

Friday, June 10
Osceola Heritage Park
Kissimmee-St. Cloud, FL

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