Friday, June 26, 2009

2009 Power Tour Pictures and Video - Favorites

If you are a gearhead that likes to travel and hang out with hundreds of other hot-rodders, the Power Tour is for you. We haven't missed a Power Tour since 1999 and plan to be there for many years to come. If you weren't able to join us this year, take a look at some of our favorite Power Tour photos below. We hope to see you on next year's Power Tour.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Day Seven - Bristol, TN Power Tour - June 12, 2009

Day Seven - Bristol, TN - June 12, 2009 Power Tour

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Replica Sheriff Buford T Justice Car On Power Tour

This fully restored 1977 Lemans was built by friends of YearOne, C&S Performance in Butler, WI, to closely replicate Sheriff Buford T Justice's police car from Smokey and The Bandit. Adam Harder and Clint Clausing started this project with a 16,000 mile rust free Lemans from Texas (a very fitting location). After completely stripping and repainting the car, the two boys decided to give the old Lemans a little extra juice with a 495ci Pontiac motor. If you pay close attention to the below video you can see the 495ci emissions decal Adam had made for the car, a very nice touch. Tracking down an accurate functioning light bar was no easy task either. After a considerable amount of effort they were able to piece together an n.o.s. bar, used chain drive, lights, and domes. Adam also happens to own an original Bandit Trans Am. The two cars made an attention grabbing pair at this year’s Power Tour.




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Dressed For Business In Flat Black - 69 Camaro - 2009 Power Tour

In a sea of show cars and enclosed trailers Matt Altamore's road race 1969 Camaro stood out at this year's Power Tour. Forget the show car paint, perfect interior and chrome engine; Matt's car wears flat black paint, aluminum door panels and an L92 T56 combo under the hood. The chassis's underpinnings are rounded out by a Detroit Speed & Engineering QUADRALink rear suspension, 9'' differential and a Chassisworks front suspension set up. Hands down, the best part of this Camaro is the quarter panel dent it wears form an actual track barrier wall encounter. Matt said his car was inspired by our 69 Camaro track car.Check out YearOne's track car spec sheet for more info.



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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Day Six - Somerset, KY - June 11, 2009 - Power Tour

Day Six - Somerset, KY - June 11, 2009 - Power Tour

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Day Five - Dayton Ohio - June 10, 2009 Power Tour

Day Five - Dayton Ohio - June 10, 2009 Power Tour

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After seeing David Schwertel’s bad flat black Flacon cruising down the road and mentioning it in my June 7th post, I was eager to meet the man piloting the machine. At yesterday’s Metro Beach Park show in Mt. Clemens, I got the chance to see the car and trailer up close. Dave’s trailer doubles as a hangout spot and sleeping quarters. With shade from a pop-up tent, a cleverly built-in cooking area and beer cooler, what car guy wouldn’t want to hang out at his trailer? After the brief tour, I asked Dave where he bought such a well made trailer and he replied, “I did.” Nice work Dave.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Day Four - Mt. Clemens, MI (Detroit) - June 9, 2009 Power Tour

Day Four - Mt. Clemens, MI (Detroit) - June 9, 2009 Power Tour

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Day Three - South Bend In - June 8, 2009 Power Tour


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Day Three - South Bend In - Monday June 8, 2009 - Power Tour


If you're the average hot rodder, day to day life may make you feel like you're in an automotive bubble. You go to work , school, or home for the evening all revved up about the slick car you saw that morning but your co-workers, class mates, or wife could care less about your seemingly meaningless experience. You may even get to a point where you wonder if your hobby is even practical.


Fear not my friend, you are not alone. The simple cure to your problem is the Power Tour. Just imagine being surrounded by 3,000 die hard car nuts. To put it plainly, the Power Tour will make you feel normal.


I have seen thousands dream cars this week and driven a few very fast ones, but the people I have meet are making the tour for me. Hope to see you next year.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Day Two - Perfect Ending In Racine, WI - June 7th, 2009 Power Tour


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Sunday, June 7, 2009 - Power Tour


How close to a perfect day can an individual have? Today brought me closer to an answer than I have ever been before. Although we didn’t leave Racine with the main group, we were instantly surrounded by hot rodders on US 12 leaving Madison, WI. One of the great cars we keep running into was flat black Ford Falcon wagon pulling a trailer. Whoever you are… nice car (see pics in slide show).


Coming into Cambridge, WI put us into a time warp. While crowds of locals gathered along the sidewalks, the streets were packed with over 3,000 old hot rods and muscle cars. One local was even handing out doughnuts to passers by (I took one and it was great). We had a similar experience in Whitewater, WI with scenic old buildings and a small town main street lined with cars from decades past.


Prior to entering Union Grove Dragway we stopped at a local fast food joint. Needless to say the volume of hot rodders practically shut down the place. Walking around the parking lot and talking to dozens of other car enthusiasts turned this into more of a temporary car show than a food stop. I guess that is what Power Tour is really about anyway, the journey.


Well we finally reached our destination in Racine, WI along the Michigan Lake shore. The anticipation was high as we made our way through small town streets to reach the shore line car show. Racine’s event did not disappoint. Thousands of cars lined the shore line creating the perfect atmosphere for car enthusiast. The gathering felt more like a group of your best friends hanging out in a local parking lot than an organized car show. Racine reminded me what the hobby is about.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Day One - Rainy Beginings in Madison, WI - June 6th, 2009 Power Tour

Day One - Rainy Beginings in Madison, WI - June 6th, 2009 Power Tour

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Late Friday Night Arrival - June 5th, 2009 Power Tour

Late Friday Night Arrival - June 5th, 2009 Power Tour

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Friday, June 5, 2009


Waking up early for work is usually not a pleasureful experience for me, but Friday morning was a little different. It is strangely easy to pop out of bed at 4:30 AM when you know the road trip of a lifetime is only a few hours away. The plan was simple, take our BRE Bandit Trans Am and meet our long time Power Tour friend just north of Atlanta in his 1967 Nova. We then made our way through the wonderfully twisty roads of northern Tennessee. Once in Kentucky, we met up with another old Power Tour veteran in his C5 Corvette. His latest El Camino project wasn’t quite finished for the trip, a typical car guy story. Once out of the great state of Kentucky we made our way through the long flat farming roads of Illinois and finally into Madison Wisconsin for a late night dinner (2AM) at a local diner.

Saturday we will be furiously preparing our Trans Am for the long week of Power Tour to come. Hopefully a local shop will let us borrow their lift to give the car a once over. Monday’s ride should be one of the most scenic as we make our way from downtown Racine, WI around Lake Michigan to South Bend, Indiana. The rest of the YearOne crew will be joining us Monday in South Bend.

Check back for more photos and videos to come.