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Hot Rod Power Tour 2019; Day 3

The Hot Rod Power Tour continues into Day 3 and visits the Bristol Speedway! Mike Callahan is still having a good time and meeting some great friends on the road. He also confirmed that there were a number of cars stolen in Charlotte on the night before Day 1. He gave no details but from Facebook posts it appears there were up to 10 cars stolen!

. Today we drove from Martinsville VA to Bristol TN. We drove highway 58 thru the mountains. A nice ride with plenty of curves and beautiful scenery. Check out the descriptions on the attached photos.

1. The Corner Market & Cafe, in the middle of nowhere, had their best day ever.
2. This structure, hanging in the middle of the infield, has giant score boards and a rotating camera attached. Cables, string from all sides of the top of the grandstands, hold it about 300 feet high.
3. I made a new friend today. Tom Bailey introduced himself saying that he saw the picture of his Talladega from the first day’s post. He then drove his car over to where mine was parked so we could compare body styles. The 3 time winner of Drag Week talked about the difference with building a Ford compared to the Chevys he is used to. A great guy to talk to. Look for this high end, twin turbo Ford at the Aero Reunion this October.


4. The banking and stands at Bristol. It is a huge, small track with high stands all the way around the track.
5. Bristol is a big bowl. The vendor trailers were in the infield. The only way to get in the infield is to cross over the banked track.  


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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