Day Two of the 17th Annual Hot Rod Power Tour took place on the 67th anniversary of D-Day and took us to the birthplace of civil rights, Montgomery, AL. How do I know this? I don’t. But Forrest does. And he make me look smarter than I do. Wait a minute! Hello? Forrest? A little help here, Buddy?
Today’s route took us through the most beautiful scenery we’ve yet to encounter for 248 breathtaking miles. At least that’s how Shane described it. I was sleeping for the better part of the drive.
But before we could drive we needed to fill up our Mothers Official 2011 Power Tour promotional vehicles. Okay, so these are a Thrifty rental Suburban and a Bondurant Camaro. You’ll just have to take our word for it, these really are Mothers promotional vehicles.
Here we see Shane trying to comfort Forrest as he discovers the price of gas in Cecil, GA. If Amy from accounting was with us, she would see these astronomical fuel prices. The combined cost to fill up both vehicles was $2,307.46. And um, no we did not get a receipt again and uh, yes we paid cash. Can you go ahead and cut us a check, Amy? Thanks, you’re a doll. Luv ya, mean it!
After recovering from the high gas prices (you should see how much lunch was at Applebee’s again, no receipt) we were able to get right in the thick of things with our fellow Power Tourists.
I fell in love with the first car I saw today, this ’59 Impala.
If this license plate from Alaska is to be believed, then this Advance Design truck made a very long haul before our long haul even began.
Speaking of hard core tags, check out this PWRTOUR plate from North Carolina. I think it’s safe to assume that this guy has been on The Power Tour before.
And speaking of long hauls I believe this right hand drive ’55 Bel Air was imported from Australia. Why do I think this? Because the Chevy’s South Carolina tags read, GIDAY2U. Sometimes I even amaze myself. But now is not one of those times.
Another long hauler is the Power Tourist who came all the way from South Africa and is driving this Challenger. I hope the trooper didn’t write anything on the citation to the effect of, “I came all the way from South Africa to drive in the Hot Rod Power Tour and all I got was this lousy ticket,” because that would be mean.
To the owner of this beautiful Camaro SS, I implore you, dear sir (or madam), please remove your car from this trailer and drive it on the Tour. It’s what’s for dinner. Or maybe the other white meat. In other words, it’s what the Power Tour is all about.
It’s hard to believe that both of these vehicles are pick ‘em up trucks. For the record, I like the black one.
2007 Shelby GT-H Mustang. Judging by the XRENTED California plates it looks like this one is privately owned. And to think, all we have is a Thrifty Suburban.
This Triumph TR7 from Ontario, Canada is stuffed full of V-8 and massive tires. Reminds me of those Pinto drag cars. But then I don’t know beans about Pintos. Thank you, folks, I’ll be here all week!
Why on Earth is this 1956 Continental Mark II on the Power Tour? I should be driving this to Vegas. Right now. While wearing a tux. And listening to Sinatra. Yes, that is the only way this car should be used.
I see the problem here. This guy needs more tire.
For Sale, huh. 2012 Power Tour here we come! Alright, 2013. 2014 at the very latest.
I wanted to add one that read, “You must not use dishwashing detergent to wash your car.” But our Mothers Marketeers thought it a bit much. What? It is true.
The beauty of the Power Tour is that the party continues the entire way with people posting up along the route to get a glimpse of the cool Hot Rods rolling through their towns. There’s something in here about destinations and journeys, but only Forrest knows for sure.
Before we made it to Montgomery we stopped in Plains, GA, the home town of our 39th President, Jimmy Carter. Here our Mothers crew mugs it up by pretending to enact some form of legislation. In reality they were arguing over who bought $63 in sundries consisting solely of energy drinks and candy bars. Shhh, don’t tell them it was me.
Here’s another shot of our Mothers Marketeers and Savvy Salesman. We won’t get into the politics here but this pic could be interpreted two different ways. It either says, “Stop! In the name of Jimmy Carter.” Or, “Stop Jimmy Carter”.
After hangin’ at Jimmy’s we made our way to Montgomery and learned that the grave site of Hank Williams Sr. was nearby. This required a detour as respect must be paid.
Once we had our fill of Southern Folklore we finally rolled up on Montgomery Motorsports Park.
Even though the heat was rather stifling to say the least, many of the Power Tourists risked boiling coolant and head gasket failure in the name of quarter-mile glory.
One of which was Jason Fiveash and his ’31 Ford.
However our fearless leader, Jim opted out of the fun runs because he was searching for 100 octane to feed his thirsty 572ci beast.
While I’m on the subject on big engines, check out what’s under the hood of our Mothers Big Rig. A Cummins ISX diesel that makes 525 hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque. I’m just impressed that even our Big Rig engine has that Mothers Shine.
According to our bestest buddy, Markie (with a heart over the i) this is Vic Edelbrock’s personal ’57 Chevy that was built more than 10 years ago by Posies Rods and Customs.
Markie also told me that Steve Strope from Pure Vision built this ’69 Road Runner for Jerry Pitt of Hot Rod Magazine.
Yesterday in our coverage I showed you what the outside of the GM Motor Medics truck looks like, and today I caught a glimpse of the inside. I have tool envy, especially since the only set I have is from the Do-It-Herself collection.
Lucas Oil and E3 Spark Plugs have been running their Dyno Challenge at every stop of the Power Tour. I just think it was cool to see an AMC Concord get ready to take a pull.
I believe this 1968 George Barris Superteen Firebird is a replica, mainly because there is no home stereo system taking up the back seat.
This authentic Australian Ford Falcon Ute could use a bit of work. But perhaps the owner likes the rugged look.
One car that was far from rugged was this ’55 Chevy with a 5.7 liter Corvette LS1 mill under the hood.
I don’t know which pit vehicle I prefer more. This one from Pioneer...
Or this hyper lawn-abuser from Sta-Bil.
Eric Brubakken’s ’67 Olds Cutlass with a 468 and 700R trans.
And Sam Pride’s ’72 Olds 442 Convertible.
I can say for certain that the deer’s name is Fred. What I’m not sure about is the camera strapped to Fred’s back. I think it’s for the live stream. Yes, Hot Rod is live streaming the Power Tour. Check here: http://www.hotrod.com/powertour/2011/hrdp_2011_hot_rod_power_tour_live_videos/index.html
This gentleman had a novel approach to preventing the sun from beating down on his melon. I think it looks even better than one of Ken’s jaunty hats.
Forrest said this was the only time I would ever see him work during the Power Tour. So I thought I would commemorate the momentous occasion with a picture. Go, Forrest!
Our Fearless Leader Jim says that tomorrow we’ll be offering some very special discounts on our cool Mothers products at the Big Rig in Nashville. If you’re on the Tour or just in the neighborhood swing on by.
This concludes today’s coverage. Tomorrow we leave from Montgomery, AL, Tour for 297 miles and plan to end up in Nashville, TN. More specifically LP Field (home of the Tennessee Titans) at One Titan Way, Nashville, TN 37213. On behalf of the Mothers Marketeers and our savvy salesman I hope we see more these tomorrow since we’re a bunch of germaphobes who cannot handle the alternative.