Mustangs of the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour: Day 2, Sunday June 7 - Madison, WI to Champaign, IL
The first on-the-road day of the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour was highlighted by a lot of rain the entire 269 miles from Madison down to Champaign, IL, but that’s to be expected—nearly every Power Tour has had at least one day of rain, and in this case it’s best to just get it out of the way early and look forward to sunshine.
Roughly halfway into the day, the Tour made an Official Hospitality Stop at Heidts Hot Rod & Muscle Car Parts for a shop tour and then free grub for Tour participants. Then we hit the road for the 150-ish miles to Champaign. A few miles out of the day’s final stop, we had officially outran the storm clouds and the sun finally came out, and when we rolled into the Parkland College campus for the evening cruise, the sheer magnitude of this year’s Tour was immediately obvious to everyone. There were six or seven large parking lots on campus, and they were packed to the gills with Participants. Yesterday was the single biggest day in Power Tour history, and today must have been the second biggest, because it took a good four hours to see all the cars, and when we left the parking lot to get back to the host hotel to post this story, there were STILL cars coming into the venue. Seriously, if you’ve never been on a Power Tour, you need to come check this thing out. It’s enormous, and everyone will find a Mustang or hot rod they like, regardless of their particular vehicular kink.
Other than a fourth-gen Camaro that somehow ended up off the road, through a barbed wire fence, and stuck in a farmer’s field, the only roadside issue we ran across today was Gene Grgurich (Cooksville, MO) on the side of the road with the right front wheel of his ’70 428 Cobra Jet Mustang in the air. Turns out one of the self-adjuster springs in the stock drum brakes came loose, so it was an easy fix and he was buttoning it all back up by the time we got there. Gene bought the car new and his Marti Report shows that it’s one of two 428CJs with white stripes, and the only one to have 3.50:1 gears. Gene and his crew are back on the road and gunning for Long Haul status, so we’ll follow up with them later in the trip.
Tomorrow, Monday June 8, we’re bypassing an official lunch stop and heading straight for Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL (near St. Louis), a shorter 190-mile trip. Stay tuned, and wish us good weather!
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