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A Look Back at the 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour

Hot Rod Power TourThe 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour takes place this year from June 6th till June 13th. Since it’s right around the corner we wanted to to take a look back at the highlights from the 2014 tour.

The Hot Rod Power Tour, presented by Chevrolet Performance, is considered the finest high-end automotive tour in the world. The 2014 event celebrated 20 years by showcasing amazing cars and traveling approximately 1,600 miles over seven days in seven cities.


Kicking Off the Tour

Hot Rod Power Tour - Charlotte North CarolinaHot Rod Magazine began the 2014 tour in Charlotte, North Carolina. Car fanatics gathered and were greeted by Richard “The King” Petty for a grand sendoff. Chevrolet’s major display centered around a 1988 Monte Carlo SS. It was completely rebuilt and included a LS376/525 engine and T-56 transmission, which could produce over 525 horsepower. The party was just starting as everyone anticipated the ride toward the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. By the end of the second day, downtown Charleston, West Virginia, saw a few tires light up. One vehicle that stood out from the crowd was a 1973 Pinto wagon. This gem was modified with a 2.0 liter engine, including an Isky cam, a C4 transmission and a precision C-61 turbo. To add to the performance, it ran with approximately five pounds of boost.


The Middle of the Tour

HRPT - Crown Point IndianaDay three provided laid-back time to talk cars and enjoy a cruise. Batman arrived to offer support and raise money for “Heroes 4 Higher,” a task force that encourages kids to be heroes. The organization is building a version of the Batmobile for the 2015 tour. Another great draw was MSD Performance’s “Atomic Deuce,” a 1932 Ford 5 under coupe with an LS3 engine.

As the tour advanced, participants visited Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, and Crown Point, Indiana. There were fun runs, and Lucas Oil sponsored a mobile dyno. The car with the best sound was a 1960s Chevy Malibu. Although it only provides 350 horsepower, it growled as if it had over 600 horsepower. Veronica Jensen, Miss Painless Performance 2014, showed off her posters and race-inspired outfits as well.


The 2014 Tour Winds Down

HRPT - Wisconsin DellsOn the sixth day of the Power Tour, participants headed to Bettendorf, Iowa. A ton of excellent muscle cars and hot rods were on display. The final day wrapped up in Wisconsin Dells, the entertainment capital of the Midwest. Anyone completing the 1,600-plus mile tour received a plaque of honor to commemorate a long and rewarding journey.

The Hot Rod Power Tour is definitely something each motor head should attend at least once. The wealth of knowledge harnessed at the event cannot be found anywhere else.


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