I couldn’t believe it. Day Seven. This was the final day of the week. The end of the 2019 Hot Rod Power Tour. The drive would start in Fort Wayne and end in our home state of Ohio at Summit Racing Motorsports Park in Norwalk. The weather forecast was great and we were in for a great cruise across northern Ohio.
Now that the rain had passed in Fort Wayne, I had a chance to check out the hotel parking lot. There were several unique rides and many owners were taking the opportunity to dry off and shine up the cars.
We met up with the crew near the Ft. Wayne Memorial Coliseum. Several members of the Because Rowdy Crew were staying at a hotel across the street from the venue. While everyone was gathering I spotted an old school hot rod with paint techniques you don’t see much anymore. I had to take a closer look.
One of the best parts of rolling with the Power Tour is hanging out with the crew and taking pictures along the way.
I spent most of the drive with Thomas and his brother Justin cruising in his 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible. Top down and music up. Needless to say they enjoyed their first Power Tour.
You probably remember Kerry and his dad, Guy from Father & Son ZR1. First time long haulers. They didn’t miss an opportunity to take in the fun.
We made it to the venue and it was a party. We found parking and made our own Oldsmobile Cutlass section.
We picked up our long haul plaques and final day magnets. It was official. We made it through the week!
There was just enough time for Scott to enter his 1968 Ford Torino into the burnout competition. He had been waiting all week to get rowdy. He put on a great performance and made it into the semifinals.
It had been a long week and a long day. We still had a 2 hour drive back to Columbus, so we said our goodbyes and wished everyone well. Leaving the venue and heading south, still felt a little like Power Tour with so many participants around.
Ever since my neighbor Gary introduced me to the Hot Rod Power Tour in 2011 it had been on my bucket list. With multiple stops under my belt in 2017 and 2018, I wanted to complete a long haul. I thank God I was able to experience this with my dad. This was the trip of a lifetime!