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Hot Rod Power Tour: Day 0

Today we starting a day by day report from the 2019 Hot Rod Power Tour. No, Katrina and I are not there but Michael Callahan, Mr. Bonneville, is and he is going to be providing photos and daily updates on his newest adventure. Today is the day before with everything kicking off tomorrow. Mike has no fear of putting miles on his Spoiler II or going fast. I am sure that over the next week we are going to get some interesting stories. Here is his first report.

Friday, June 3, 2019: day zero; the day before the start of the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rod Power Tour. 7 cities in 7 days. 1300 miles of cruising the back roads of America with over 5000 America hot rods.Every hotel for miles around becomes a car show with people coming from all over the U.S.

As you can tell by the photos, it is raining. That should get rid of any residual Bonneville salt under Mikes Spoiler II.

My 500 mile trip from Cincinnati to Concord NC went well. Some people travel thousands of miles just to get to the start of the HRPT. With the HRPT you can chose to travel all the stops or just a couple depending on your time and budget. I had always heard and read about the HRPT but never did it until about ten years ago when there was a stop 30 miles from my house. No more excuses. I worked a half day, went home, got my car and drove up to check it out. I have been going every year since.

Every year the HRPT goes to different areas of the country. This year it starts in Concord NC and goes to Martinsville, Bristol, Ky/TN speedway and Indy. Today I checked out Charlotte Motor Speedway which is across the road from where the HRPT starts on Saturday. It is huge and an impressive, a first class race track. Sure would like to take the old Merc out on that track for a couple of high speed laps.

To be continued: Tomorrow, Day One



Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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