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Hot Rod Power Tour 2019; Day 4

Mike Callahan has a little extra comment on Day 4. I asked him about the rumor of stolen cars on the first night and he had the following comment.

All the Power Tourers are talking about the stolen cars. The latest is that 5 were stolen and one was recovered. At night when every one is hanging out in the hotel parking lot, we are always looking at cars riding thru and talking how to prevent it happening to our cars. But, as I tell the GM guys, they target the Chevys, nobody wants the Fords. 75% of the cars on the tour are GM. Probably why GM sponsors the Power Tour.

Now for Day 4:

1. Kentucky Speedway is huge. You can fit a lot of Bristol and Martinsville Speedways in the infield of this place.

Tuesday morning the Power Tourers drove from Bristol TN to Sparta KY, home of the Kentucky Speedway. This leg is longest distance between venues, 300 miles. Also this was our first completely dry and sunny day. I was getting tired of messing with that crazy wiper control.    The HRPT is as much about people as the cars. It is great to have someone remember you from last years tour.

2. My dream garage! With 54 doors.
3. With thousands of old cars driving thousands of miles you are going to have some break downs. The sponsor, General Motors, have a motor medic trailer and a team of mechanics to help you get going again. They do whatever they can to get people back on the road. No charge and they work on all makes of cars.
4. This young couple from Oklahoma participants in HRPT every year in their classic 57 Chevy. A real hot rodder.


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