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Hot Rod Power Tour 2009 – Day 4

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We woke once again to grey skies in South Bend this morning. We hit the road early and arrived in good time for the lunch meet and shop Tour at Ididit. By this stage it was starting to warm up and we hadn’t seen any rain. It was cool to tour the shop and I bought a Grant steering wheel for my Camaro. Hot Dogs were provided for all.

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We got to the Metro Park area just after one o’clock and by this time the sun was beating down. I’ve stuggled to capture the scale of the show here so I took a picture of the car park around 2pm…

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This was the same car park about 2 hours later…

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..and that wasn’t the only car park either! We were king and queen of the lawn chairs this afternoon, we found a great spot by the entrance to the park and watch a constant stream of cars come in for a couple of hours in the glorious sunshine.

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Then we went back to our hotel in Warren to check in, only to find a local cruise night at the bowling alley right next door. This is the view from the window…

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We went to check it out. Nearly all these cars have nothing to do with the Power Tour, just another couple of hundred Rod and Muscle Cars that have come out to play.

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Let’s hope the sun is here to stay. See more from today in the flickr set.

Hot Rod Power Tour 2009 – Day 2

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At the drivers meeting in Madison it look as if the weather was against us today as it drizzled with rain.

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Things soon dried out as we hit the road and headed off into the country side, no interstates today so some great landscapes to fill the windows. We saw a few interesting cars at the side of the road that weren’t even part of the tour.

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All along the route people had come to sit by the road and wave us on our journey it was great to see so much support. The first stop of the day was in Cambridge and the people of this small town had really gone to alot of trouble to make us welcome. Special breakfast meals were laid on and the whole town had come out to see what was going on. The locals even had a water box in the road and were cheering every car to burn out.

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Even the gas tanker was tempted to burn out!

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From Cambridge it was on to Union Grove Dragway to see the Peak Performace participants continue to use and abuse thier cars.

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When we eventually arrived at the main venue in Racine I had a bit of a melt down. I have never seen so many Hot Rods and Muscle Cars in my life and didn’t know where to look or how to even start taking it all in. I can now see where the lawn chair thing comes in to play, pick a good spot and let the cars roll past you rather than trying to get round them all. There were litarlly miles of cars parked up along the lake front and in the old town of Racine. Amazing!

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We rounded off an amazing day with a visit to the Bratfest. Mike and Carolyn had contacted us before we left the UK to invite us to a gathering at thier house. Thanks so much for the invite, great food and great company.

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More photos in the flickr set here.

Hot Rod Power Tour 2009 – Day 1

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So yesterday I forgot to mention our steed for the the Hot Rod Power Tour, a black 2009 Dodge Charger. Obviously we would prefer to be doing the Tour in an old car but the Dodge ties in nicely to my old Black ’67 Charger that I used to own.  They may only share a name but it’s a name that conjours up the menace of the villains in Bullet, the power of Blade and some good old boys delivering moonshine.

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Saturday here in Madison and the first thing we did was register at the Alliance Energy Centre. As we queue to enter I saw a car I recognised instantly in my rear view mirror, the 66 Charger know as 1st Wing. If you don’t know the story check it out over here. It was a car that had some people fooled for quite some time. As soon  as we parked up I headed over to check it out and it looks every bit as good as I thought it would.

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As the day progressed thousands of amazing cars turned up in Madison, I’ve never been to such a large gathering of Hot Rods and Muscle Cars in my life and didn’t know where to point the camera first. Everyone wants to talk cars and everyone has time to tell you about thier ride, it’s a fantastic experience. The guys at Erodz Customs had a 63 Bel Air and a bunch of Sharpies and were asking people to write messages in thier car.

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There was a chance for people to prove that American cars can take corners in the Autocross, some cars were pushed to the limit.

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Unfortunatley as the day went on it became more like a show in the UK as the sky turned dark and then the rain came. I felt sorry for the guys who were running slicks!

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More photos in the flickr set here.

Welcome to Mad Town

So here we are in Madison, WI or Mad Town as it is nick named. The Hot Rod Power Tour doesn’t even start until tomorrow and already the streets have been brought to life with the rumble of V8s and the glare of candy paints. The guys at Hot Rod and Bang Shift put together a little cruise in for us early birds tonight at the Quaker Steak and Lube in Middleton.

A fine evening of weather brought out some awesome cars and people. First inspection of the car park drew us straight to Ring Brothers stand where they had two mind blowing Pro Touring cars on display, a 69 Camaro and a 67 Mustang Fastback. The attention to detail on these cars is second to none. We went to eat after that and shared a table with Bob and Sue who own a great Kermit green Chevy Nova. It was great to chat to them and realise that car guys are car guys all over the world. After eating we met up with Jim and Maureen who have a super clean 69 Camaro SS, they’re hear for the Long Haul. Jim seems to be driving though even though the licence plate reads “Her SS”.

Further wandering around he car park brought us to a nice looking puke green 71 Hemi Cuda convertible with what looked like a four speed. The owner asked me if I liked Hemis, who’s going to say no! He said this was the only Hemi car he had that wasn’t numbers matching,  this car had a 572 with a 5 speed box. Back home this Cuda shares garage space with two other Hemi Cudas, two Hemi Challengers and a 69 Hemi Charger. He didn’t need to tell me his name, I said, pleased to meet you, you must be Mr Hemi.

It was great to check out the new Camaro in the flesh, very nicely proportioned and a great looking car.  Another favorite was a 59 Chevy Brookwood, ratty as hell with a surf board on the roof, gnarly dude.

More photos in the flickr set here.

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Art Show at Billing Fun Run 2009

Big thanks to Tim and Paul for organising the Art Show at Billing last weekend. I had a framed copy of “The Race” on show and two large framed prints, one of Betty Bones and and Tony’s 34 Ford and one of Cherry Vanity and Brian’s 32 Ford. The last is from a shoot not yet in the public domain. People seemed to be enjoying them, they will also be on show at the Art Show at the NSRA Supernationals. 

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Billing Fun Run 2009

I went along to Billing Aquadrome yesterday to the NSRA Fun Run. The weather and cars really put me in the mood for the Power Tour next week. For all the photos check out the flickr set

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GTO Wallpaper

I got a chance to revisit one of the shots I took of Simon’s GTO a few weeks back and have uploaded a wallpaper size version of one of the shots to flickr. Check it out here

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Mopars at Brooklands – Sunday 24th May

For those that like the sound of Hemis, 440s and other V8s, come to Brooklands this Sunday.

There are three Dodge Chargers making thier debut with fresh paint/restorations, an awesome blown, injected 71 Hemi Cuda and even a new Dodge Challenger for those who like modern muscle. These along side many other cool muscle cars like The Punisher.

I’ll be there in my Camaro (in the non Mopar parking)

Hot Rod Power Tour 2009 Route Announced

The excitement continues to build as the route for the Hot Rod Power Tour has been released today.

Full details are on the Hot Rod Website, where there is a document detailing the route to download.

There has been a change to one of the stops and some hard work must have gone into getting a suitable venue organised at short notice. Well done to everyone at Family Events and Hot Rod for acting so quickly.

Here is the official line:

HOT ROD Magazine and the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce a new location for the Tuesday, June 9th stop of the HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour in Detroit. The new venue will be Metro Beach Metropark (click Here for map), a 770-acre park on Lake St. Clair located east of Mt. Clemens in Macomb County. Check out the picturesque venue by visiting Metro Beach’s photo gallery website by clicking here.

While Power Tour was scheduled to stop at the General Motors Warren Technical Center on Tuesday, June 9th, GM has decided not to host the stop on the tour so that their employees can remain focused on restructuring GM for success in the future. Our friends at GM sincerely regret the timing of this decision.

“Over the past 15 years, we’ve learned that even with the best planning and attention to details, there will always be surprises with Power Tour,” said Jerry Pitt, Publisher of HOT ROD Magazine. “Thanks to the efforts of our hardworking team and our partners at the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau we were able to find an excellent location in close proximity to the GM Technical Center in Warren.”

The best news is that the new venue is close to all current hotel accommodations. The new venue for the metro Detroit area is less than 22 miles from the GM Technical Center.”

Save The Cheerleader, Save The World

Here are a couple of shots from a shoot I did last week in Wimbledon. I was able to use fire escape to get these top down shots that I’ve had in my mind for a while. The Model is Crystal Knight.

See the full Flickr set here.

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