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Hot Rod Power Tour Coming to Chattanooga
The ingredients for the ultimate performance-car fan experience are combined to perfection every first week of June as the legendary Hot Rod Power Tour makes its seven-cities-in-seven-days journey. For 2013, Chevrolet Performance Presents the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour Driven by Continental Tire is set to kickoff June 1st in Arlington, Texas and make a stop in 5 other car-crazy towns before it comes to a close in N. Concord (Charlotte), North Carolina on Friday, June 7th. Chattanooga State Community College will host the Coker Tire Cruise Night of the Hot Rod Power Tour, Thursday, June 6th from Noon – 7pm.
The tour brings to life the pages of Hot Rod Magazine, and embodies all that the magazine has stood for in its 65-year history. Over 5,400 enthusiasts will participate in the trip driving their beloved hot rods, street rods, custom trucks, muscle cars, and street machines of every make, model and vintage. Over the 7 tour stops, over 85,000 spectators will be admitted free to take in the daily show of thousands of “to die for” machines and the traveling exhibits of over 50 top aftermarket manufacturers. Along the carefully-chosen tour route in towns big and small, thousands more will stake out roadside viewing spots for this ultimate performance parade.
When the Hot Rod Power Tour descends upon each of the seven host cities, they will leave a massive economic impact on the local economy. Hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, bars and more will play host to the tour participants who are relaxed and enjoying the hot-rodding lifestyle. Participants come from around the world to take part in the Hot Rod Power Tour. They plan for months or even years for the trip, and they come prepared to spend money at each stop.
“We’re very excited to be hosting a return visit of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour,” said Bob Doak, President & CEO of the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Chattanooga hosted the Power Tour in 2010 and watched as thousands of hot rodders from all over the country and the world descended on the city for the one-day event. We’re anticipating the 2013 Power Tour to bring more than 6,000 participants who will leave an estimated economic impact of more than $1 million. This impact will be felt throughout the community and will benefit our hotels, attractions, restaurants and other businesses. We’re looking forward to seeing the 3,500 hot rods this June.”
Locally owned & operated, Coker Tire Company is the Cruise Night sponsor for the festivities in Chattanooga on Thursday, June 6th. Coker Tire is the world's largest distributor of antique and classic tires for automobiles, trucks and motorcycles and is located in historic downtown Chattanooga.
“I am delighted that Hot Rod Magazine has chosen to visit the Tennessee Valley once again”, said Corky Coker, owner of Coker Tire Company. He continued to say, “I know that it is rare for the Power Tour to re-visit the same cities it has been through before, but I know that the city of Chattanooga will roll out the red carpet once again for this power house event and this incredible group of people who follow this annual cross-country tour. The Power Tour is my kind of event. It’s about getting out and driving your car-a celebration of the open road. We’re excited to be a part of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour once again and hope all of those registered Power Tour participants will come by the Coker Tire headquarters in historic downtown Chattanooga for a Tour of our facilities in June.”
The Hot Rod Power Tour begins in Arlington, TX at the University of Texas at Arlington on Saturday, June 1. The kickoff sponsor is Ft. Worth-based Painless Performance Products. On Sunday, June 2, the tour moves to the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, AR for a stop sponsored by Edelbrock Performance. The next stop takes the tour the Arkansas Fairgrounds in Little Rock on Monday, June 3. From there, the route goes to Memphis, TN for a stop at the Memphis International Raceway on Tuesday, June 4 sponsored by locally owned & operated industry leader, Comp Cams. On Wednesday, June 5, the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium will host a stop sponsored by Holley Performance Products in Hoover, AL near Birmingham. Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, TN will host the Thursday, June 6 stop sponsored by Chattanooga-based Coker Tire. The Grand Finale for the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour will be at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord (Charlotte), NC.
“The Power Tour is truly the ultimate hot rodding adventure,” said Jeff Dahlin, Publisher of Hot Rod Magazine. “The event began 19 years ago as a road trip from Southern California to Detroit for a few of the editors and some of their friends who had built magazine project vehicles. 19 years later, it’s amassed over 5,400 vehicles, over 85,000 spectators, 50 of the nation’s premier automotive aftermarket manufacturers and becomes the center of a worldwide buzz in the automotive aftermarket industry every June. We can’t wait to bring the Power Tour, Hot Rod Magazine’s flagship event, back to Chattanooga this June.”
The Hot Rod Power Tour is free to spectators however there is a cost to register a vehicle for just one day or the entire event. Vehicle registration is open to any year, make or model of vehicle. Pre-register for $80 plus $3.50 handling fee or register on-site for $90. Pre-registration runs through Thursday, May 23, 2013 at www.HotRod.com or by calling (877) 413-6515. You can also join the Tour one day only for just $30. One-day registration is available on site only.
For more information, follow the Hot Rod Power Tour at www.hotrod.com, or by calling (877) 413-6515.
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