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Going On Power Tour? Here's How to Prep for the Long Haul!

RK Motors Dec 15 2017
After you’ve decided that you’re going and have booked your rooms, it’s time to plan the logistics. Lucky for you, the HOT ROD events team handles the driving route day to day while the event is officially underway, but that still leaves the drive to the starting point and back home from the final stop. The majority of the participants opt to drive their cars to and from the event, but some ship their cars using transport companies, choosing to board a plane to the first city. This is ultimately up to your budget.

Once your route is planned, it’s time to prep your car. If you drive an old vehicle like most of the people on tour and if the car has been sitting for a bit, we recommend driving it for a week or so to figure out the bugs. Definitely make sure the cooling system is working perfectly, because Power Tour may very well be the best test of your car’s cooling abilities.

Then it’s time for one of the most crucial steps: packing. Some cars that show up have very little room for spare parts in addition to the owner’s luggage, but if you drive a land yacht or a station wagon, you can pretty much bring everything—including the kitchen sink! A basic list will obviously include your clothes, a cooler stocked with cold drinks, a toolbox with a basic set of tools to help in the event of a breakdown, some folding chairs, a canopy for shade (or at least sunscreen), and whatever spare parts you deem necessary to give you peace of mind.

Some of the most common spares include belts, hoses, spark plugs, ignition-system parts, a spare tire, and some extra oil and coolant. We’ve also seen people bring spare distributors, alternators, and starters when driving a less-than-common vehicle. (It can be hard to scrounge up parts for oddball makes.) It’s normally best to bring as much as you can fit into the trunk; it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. One of the best things is that if you do break down, your fellow tour participants will stop to see if they can help.

Lastly, make sure you have a buddy to ride shotgun on the trip because it makes it that much better. Many families come on Power Tour together, but if this trip isn’t exactly what the rest of them had in mind for vacation, bring a friend. Having someone to talk to on the road will keep you sane. Having an extra set of hands around can prove invaluable should something go wrong, but we will warn you that if you don’t have the luxury of air conditioning, they may be harder to convince.

You can, of course, just jump in the car last minute and face the problems head on as they come, while others may want to check every bolt and test every component before they hit the road. The important part is that you come out with your car and enjoy this event. Cruising the backroads of America with fellow hot rodders is one of the most fun things you can do!

Find more information on Power Tour, click here.

2018 Dates and Venues

  • Saturday, June 9 – Bowling Green, KY – Beech Bend Raceway Park
  • Sunday, June 10 – Chattanooga, TN (Venue TBA)
  • Monday, June 11 – Birmingham, AL – Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
  • Tuesday, June 12 – Hampton, GA – Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Wednesday, June 13 – Darlington, SC – Darlington Raceway
  • Thursday, June 14 – Raleigh, NC (Venue TBA)
  • Friday, June 15 – Concord, NC – zMAX Dragway


AUTHOR: Jacob Davis

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