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Hot Rod Power Tour: Top 10 things to Know Before You Go

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If you’re anything like us, one of the things on your automotive bucket list is becoming an official long hauler on Hot Rod Power Tour. For years we attended one or two days with the dream of making the entire trip. Work, car troubles, and other priorities always got in the way. A few years back, we even tried to take the #RattyChevelle and failed. In 2019 it finally happened: we accomplished our goal and received our official long hauler plaque.

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We learned a lot in the process as well, and we’re sharing so you can have the best experience possible if you attempt the Hot Rod Power Tour long haul.

Here are the top 10 things we learned on Hot Rod Power Tour in 2019, plus a little bonus at the end.

10. Sign up for Power Tour early

Packages sell out quickly.

Hot Rod Power Tour has platinum and gold packages that sell out almost immediately. Platinum might seem pricy, and you may think it’s just retired people in high dollar, pristine cars buying the platinum package, but it’s not true. There were couples of all ages, big families, fathers and sons, and a variety of different people and cars who were platinum. Sure, you could put together your own hotel arrangements for a little cheaper, but to be honest, I don’t think you’ll come out that far ahead…unless you just really love dealing with all those details (we don’t).

Why We Went Platinum

We opted for the platinum package because we didn’t want to worry about anything other than getting the car there. Since we had spent very little (almost nothing) on the Chevelle, spending the money on the best experience possible seemed to make sense. The main benefit was spending zero time and energy on accommodations. We literally just showed up to each venue and looked at the itinerary for the hotel info that afternoon.

The Platinum Package Perks

There were other perks too…most venues had their own platinum entrance which meant less of a line, an air conditioned lounge at each venue, snacks and cold drinks, and even meals provided on certain days.

hot rod power tour platinum club

Of all the platinum benefits, these were the best:

  • Preferred parking — at some sites this didn’t matter, but at a venue like Martinsville, it meant parking on the track to take advantage of one of the best photo ops of the entire trip.
  • Staying at the same hotels as the majority of the long haulers — we actually think hanging out in the hotel parking lot in the evenings was more fun than the events on site–more on that later.
  • We didn’t use a porta-potty even once — We were able to use the air-conditioned bathrooms in the platinum lounge the entire week.

1971 chevelle at martinsville speedway

9. Take somebody important

We’re big believers that cars are really a means to an end: They’re a way to spend time and do something really fun with people you love.

A few years ago when we had our failed long haul attempt, I took my son on his first camping trip in Iowa. Even though it was just a few short days, I’ll never forget the memories we made together.

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This year, I did the majority of the trip on my own, with the rest of the family joining me for the days they could make it. The rest of the time was used to meet new people, network within the car community, and make in person connections with some people I had only met online.

8. The car doesn’t matter

The car you take doesn’t matter…sort of. It’s really what you want to get out of it. You might hear arguing online that it should only be hotrods, or muscle cars, or pre-72…the list goes on…but none of that matters. The thing to remember is this isn’t an event for people who own a certain kind of car…this is an event for people with a common interest , so you should take whatever you own, no matter what it is, and have a blast.

Is It Really Just Hot Rods?

We saw Porsches, Mercedes, Chevy Cruzes, Jeeps, FWD Monte Carlos, and just about everything you could think of. On our previous failed attempt I ended up taking my wife’s Yukon. Whatever you have, go and have fun.

With that said, it really depends on your goals. We could have taken the Hellcat and had nearly a guaranteed trouble free ride complete with air conditioned seats, but where would be the fun it that? Instead, I set a goal to take the #RattyChevelle on both Power Tour and Drag Week in the same year, which made the trip much more interesting, if not a little risky.

hellcat charger

7. Make sure your ‘hot rod’ is ready

If you have a later model car, you may need to do nothing. If you’ve got an older car or a project car, you may need to do a lot, depending on the condition.

Power Tour Project Car Prep

At the very least, make sure you have a good cooling fan. Your car will be sitting in line on the way in to venues, and we saw a lot of cars overheat. Knowing this would be the case, I installed an inexpensive electric fan along with a simple relay kit from Amazon in the hotel parking lot before the 1st day. The Chevelle never had a cooling problem the entire trip.

installing a cooling fan in a muscle car

Other things to think about are a well functioning cooling system (the Chevelle had new hoses, water pump, thermostat, and radiator), good tires, and good functioning brakes, especially if there’s a lot of mountain driving along the route. We’re running the original drum brakes, which made us nervous in the hills, but all the wheel cylinders were replaced and the system bled before we left.

Be Prepared for Anything

Also, be prepared…knowing we had some minor (significant by the end of the trip) tranny and oil leaks, I made sure to stock up on fluids. I ended up going through 2 gallons of tranny fluid and at least a gallon of oil on the trip. There were a few people regularly changing spark plugs and using waaay more oil. Some even had to replace transmissions along the way.

1971 chevelle at oreilly auto parts

6. Meet People Online Ahead of Time

Hot Rod Power Tour provides a great opportunity to meet people, and it helps to find out who’s going ahead of time. You can use the internet, forums, and social media to find people who are attending and make early connections.

For us, we searched the popular hashtags related to the event on Instagram. You can find people with similar cars, common interests, or similar routes to the first venue and drive together. There were probably half a dozen people we met for the first time in person that we had talked to for months prior online.

5. Be social and talk to people

One of the best parts of Hot Rod Power Tour is the sense of camaraderie. Anytime you gather a large group of people with a common goal, you break down barriers between them. The result is a group of people who act like family or friends instead of strangers. Being open to meeting new people and having conversations makes the whole event much more enjoyable.

A great example of this was on the very first day, a family parked next to the Chevelle, put up a tent for shade, broke out their coolers and invited me over to join them. I had a fun afternoon with them and it set the tone for a great week.

4. The Hotels along HRPT

The hotels may be the best part of Power Tour…not the actual hotels themselves, but gatherings that happen in the parking lots each evening. Imagine a car show in every parking lot…people sharing stories, food, drinks, and helping each other fix any issues that came up along the route. There may have even been the occasional smoky burnout.

One suggestion: Pack a cooler in your trunk with your favorite beverage — not just for yourself, but to share with anybody new you might meet.

1971 chevelle with a cooler packed in the trunk

3. Wake Up Early

To make the drive to each venue the most fun, you’ll want travel with everyone else. One of the most enjoyable parts of the drive is being part of the parade of cars driving through all the towns along the route. Be prepared to wave a lot.

2. Create Your Own Road Trip When Necessary

Of course there’s no actual requirement to follow any route at all. As long as you make it to the venue to get your card stamped, you’ll be part of the long haul. Enjoy the scenery and have fun.

Some days we slept in a little and took a more direct route to make up the time. It’s really up to you.

hot rod power tour empty hotel parking lot

1. Participate in as Many HotRod events as Possible

Daily power tour activities.

Most venues have some sort of automotive activity every day…drag racing, autocross, dyno pulls, or more. These are free to participate in. Just make sure your car is ready (battery tied down, catch can for the radiator, and bring a helmet – Here’s some basic NHRA tech info if you need it ).

Vendor Giveaways

Vendors also have games, giveaways, and other fun stuff to participate in. One vendor was having a drawing to give away an EFI system. To enter you had to punch a card at their booth every day.

Other vendors give away things like commemorative magnets for each venue that fit together. If you made it to their table every day, you would have a complete set.

Special Paid HotRod Events

One of the extra paid events on Hot Rod Power Tour 2019 was getting to drive your car on track at Bristol Motor Speedway. Signups were sent out early by email ,and they sold out so quickly we missed it. Once we were there this seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime type moment that any car guy or girl wouldn’t want to miss.

Luckily someone invited us at the last minute and we got to experience the ride along on the 30 degree banked corners at Bristol.

hotrod power tour jeep trackhawk at bristol

The Burnout Contest

Hot Rod Power Tour always ends with some sort of burnout contest. If you’re up for it, make sure you’ve got some extra tires and try to get signed up early at the final venue.

BONUS: Ignore the Negativity on Facebook

One day we decided to check out the various HRPT Facebook groups to see if we were missing any extra events, open houses, or cool stops. What we found instead was just a lot of COMPLAINING.

If you spent any time in the Facebook groups, you would think all the hotels were terrible, everyone’s cars were stolen, the food was bad, all the cars were too new, everybody parks too close and door-dings you, and the vendors refused to give out any free stuff.

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We do believe networking ahead of time online is a good idea, but we suggest ignoring Facebook altogether during the actual event. Who wants to spend that time staring at their phone anyway?

The Conclusion: You Should Go On Hot Rod Power Tour

Go. If you’re in to car stuff, you need to do it at least once. Take a car that’s fun and conversational. It doesn’t have to be nice or expensive. Part of the fun is the stories you have when it doesn’t go perfectly. You’ll regret it if you don’t.

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MotorTrend Celebrates 75 Years of HOT ROD With Five-City Power Tour Event

MotorTrend Group has announced the 2023 HOT ROD Power Tour in celebration of HOT ROD’s 75th anniversary. The HOT ROD Power Tour Driven By Continental Tire will be heading south to Georgia, the Carolinas and Tennessee visiting five cities over five days in June. As America’s largest traveling car show, more than 6,000 cars and trucks of all years, makes and models will be on display for tens of thousands of automotive enthusiasts. The tour will feature more than 1,000 miles of driving, with high-octane events, such as drag racing, autocross and live entertainment.

2023 HOT ROD Power Tour Locations:

  • Day 1: Monday, June 12 – Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia
  • Day 2: Tuesday, June 13 – South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Day 3: Wednesday, June 14 – Rockingham Speedway, Rockingham, North Carolina
  • Day 4:  Thursday, June 15 – zMAX Dragway, Concord, North Carolina
  • Day 5:  Friday, June 16 – Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee

For information or to register for the 2023 HOT ROD Power Tour, visit hotrodpowertour.us .

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Legendary hot rod power tour celebrates 30th anniversary with stops at five iconic venues june 10-14, 2024.

America's Largest Traveling Car Show with 6,000+ Custom Cars and Trucks will Visit Five cities in Five Days

Registration and event details available at  hotrodpowertour.us

LOS ANGELES , May 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The legendary HOT ROD Power Tour Driven by Continental Tire is celebrating 30 years of hosting the country's most epic traveling car show at five venues across the Southeast and Midwest this June, including new stops at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio and L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium in Louisville, Ky. As America's largest traveling car show, more than 6,000 cars and trucks of all years, makes and models will be on display for tens of thousands of automotive enthusiasts during this milestone event. The five-city, five-day tour will feature over 1,000 miles of driving, with adrenaline-fueled events including drag racing, autocross and live entertainment. For registration and event details, visit hotrodpowertour.us .

HOT ROD Power Tour Driven by Continental Tire Schedule: The tour will tap into each city's long-standing history of automotive culture, winding through factories in America's heartland (General Motors, Ford) before culminating in Indianapolis – the racing capital of the world.

KICKOFF / Day 1 : Monday, June 10 – Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, Ky.

Day 2 : Tuesday, June 11 – Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tenn.

Day 3 : Wednesday, June 12 – L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium, Louisville, Ky.

Day 4 : Thursday, June 13 – National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio

Day 5 : Friday, June 14 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis

Registration Information and Spectator Tickets: All vehicles and spectators must pre-register before arriving at the first venue they attend. Spectators can come out and witness the HOT ROD Power Tour spectacle at no gate admission cost but must register for a free ticket at www.hotrodpowertour.us . Spectator parking is located away from the show grounds and parking charges may apply in some locations.

30 Years of HOT ROD Power Tour This year's 30 th HOT ROD Power Tour marks the start of a new era for HOT ROD, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2023 with the launch of HOT ROD's digital archives and the HOT ROD Pod: Where It All Began podcast. Founded in 1948, HOT ROD is the most recognized brand in the world of high-performance cars. Launched in 1995 by the HOT ROD magazine staff to personally connect with readers, HOT ROD Power Tour is widely considered to be the finest high-end, hot rod–based automotive tour in the world and has solidified its place as the must-attend event for hot rod enthusiasts.

Over the past three decades, this popular event for car and truck lovers has visited 37 U.S. states and covers an average of 1,000+ miles each year. Classics and hot rods travel city to city while performance car lovers and HOT ROD editors and photographers follow alongside the tour, all cruising through small town America like one big family reunion road trip. Participants can join for one day, two days, or all five days. Hot rod culture has defined decades of automotive customization, and now more than ever, hot rod fans are sharing their passion with new generations.

MotorTrend's 75 th Anniversary HOT ROD Power Tour's 30 th anniversary continues the celebration of MotorTrend's 75 th anniversary in 2024. Founded in 1949, MotorTrend has become internationally recognized as the number one automotive media company. MotorTrend has been a thought-leader since its inception, and now as part of Warner Bros. Discovery, the brand continues to look toward the future of automotive innovation. Find more information about MotorTrend's 75 th anniversary and upcoming announcements here .

Connect: For more information, visit motortrend.com/events/hot-rod-power-tour/ ; or connect on Facebook ; X ; and Instagram .

About MotorTrend Group MotorTrend Group , a  Warner Bros. Discovery  company, is the world's largest automotive media group dedicated to introducing, inspiring, and intensifying people's passions for the motoring world. Comprising more than 50 iconic brands including MOTORTREND, HOT ROD, ROADKILL and more, MotorTrend Group is the ultimate source of entertainment and information for both auto enthusiasts and car shoppers, with a monthly audience over 30 million in addition to over 70 million social followers. Featuring world-class automotive entertainment across the No. 1 television network for automotive fans, digital streaming channels, iconic events, the largest automotive social network, category-leading podcasts, over seven decades of print and digital editorial content, and cutting-edge resources for new car shoppers, MotorTrend embodies every corner of car culture. From electric vehicles to timeless classic customs, MotorTrend Group brings the latest motoring trends to fans of all generations.

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Need for speed? HOT ROD Power Tour is coming to Louisville. Here's what you need to know

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The HOT ROD Power Tour , which showcases more than 6,000 cars and trucks, is parking in Louisville next month as part of its 30th anniversary.

Along with a massive vehicle display, the show will include drag racing, autocross, live entertainment and MotorTrend talent meet and greet, according to the event's website.

"The tour will tap into each city’s long-standing history of automotive culture, winding through factories in America’s heartland (General Motors, Ford) before culminating in Indianapolis – the racing capital of the world," a release stated.

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Here is what to know about the HOT ROD Power Tour:

What is the HOT ROD Power Tour?

"HOT ROD Power Touris widely considered to be the finest high-end, hot rod–based automotive tour in the world and has solidified its place as the must-attend event for hot rod enthusiasts," according to a release.

When is the HOT ROD Power Tour coming to Louisville?

The HOT ROD Power Tour will be on June 12 at the L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium, 2550 S Floyd St.

How much are tickets for the HOT ROD Power Tour?

Although many of the ticket packages are sold out, there are still ways to enjoy the fun:

  • Spectator Admission is free, but people interested have to register in advance.
  • A single day ticket is $60—includes parking onsite for one vehicle and giveaways.
  • A multi day ticket is $160—includes two multi-day credentials, vehicle entry for all the venues and a goodie bag.

What other stops is the HOT ROD Power Tour making?

  • Bowling Green, Kentucky: June 10 at Beech Bend Raceway Park , 798 Beech Bend Park Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Lebanon, Tennessee: June 11 at Nashville Superspeedway , 4847-F McCrary Road, Lebanon, Tennessee
  • Hebron, Ohio : June 13 at National Trail Raceway , 2650 SW National Road, Hebron, Ohio
  • Indianapolis: June 14 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park , 10267 US Hwy 136, Indianapolis

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The legendary HOT ROD Power Tour Driven by Continental Tire is celebrating 30 years of hosting the country’s most epic traveling car show at five venues across the Southeast and Midwest this June, including new stops at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio and L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium in Louisville, KY.

As America’s largest traveling car show, more than 6,000 cars and trucks of all years, makes and models will be on display for tens of thousands of automotive enthusiasts during this milestone event. The five-city, five-day tour will feature over 1,000 miles of driving, with adrenaline-fueled events including drag racing, autocross and live entertainment.

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Project X Headed to HOT ROD Power Tour!

Pilot transport is named the official vehicle transportation of hot rod power tour..

I n the coming days, thousands of cars and trucks will be traversing the U.S. Interstate Highway System, descending upon Bowling Green, Kentucky for the start of the 2024 HOT ROD Power Tour Driven by Continental Tire . One of our special guests on this year’s tour has a storied history on the big screen and on the pages of magazines— Project X , a 1957 Chevy. Pilot Transport has been trusted with moving the famed project car across the country from our LA-based offices to the starting point of the largest traveling car show, and back home at the conclusion of the event. In fact, Pilot Transport is the Official Vehicle Transportation of the HOT ROD Power Tour. Pilot has held that position for many years, and with hubs in Detroit and Arizona, they service the continental United States and Canada with relative ease and always with professionalism. They have moved dozens of cars for MotorTrend and HOT ROD over the years. 

Related: The Super Long-Haul Gang Pilot Transport Named Official Vehicle Transportation of HOT ROD Power Tour West  

Back to our featured guest, HOT ROD assumed stewardship of Project X almost five years ago and we revealed its latest iteration last year for the magazine’s 75th anniversary celebration. We teamed with MotorTrend TV’s HOT ROD Garage show to convert the classic Chevy from an electric-powered machine back to a gas-guzzling street monster thanks to a Chevrolet Performance ZZ632 crate engine. Pilot Transport picked it up after Lucky Costa, co-host of HOT ROD Garage television show and operator of Mobile Tech Lucky custom shop. 

Lucky has been picking away at a list of updates that went untouched thanks to last year’s busy show schedule. We love a great, low stance; however, we were stuck with a Gasser look and couldn’t fit bigger wheels on the front because the headers poked out of the fenders and into the wheel wells. 

Related: Project X Goes Back on the Gas With 1,004-HP ZZ632 Big-Block Swap  

The HOT ROD Garage crew raided the Project X parts bin during last year’s rebuild. They found a pair of big-block Chevy headers from when X had one of Chevrolet Performance’s commemorative ZZ427 engines under its hood. The problem was the 427 is based on a 9.8-inch-tall deck height and a conventional set of cylinder heads. Our ZZ632 relies on a taller 10.2-inch-tall deck engine block and unique RSX cylinder heads , thus moving the headers further out and creating interference with a tall and wide wheel/tire package. Lucky also worked with QA1 to get the proper spring rates for the adjustable shocks for this combination. Last year, we were rolling on the stiff springs to account for the heavy battery that was in the trunk. 

Currently, Project X is making its way across the country, safely tucked inside the Pilot Transport trailer, along with 4 other MotorTrend vehicles. Check the official HOT ROD Power Tour website for all the details on tickets, locations, and opening/closing times. See ya on tour! 

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