CERRITOS, CA -- American Racing joined the 18th annual Hot Rod Power Tour during the first week of June, with our 2011 American Racing Camaro and a fresh supply of American Racing Owners’ Edition hats to hand out to the many enthusiastic supporters taking part.
The event drew 5,000 participants and 80,000-plus spectators. The Hot Rod Power tour is considered the finest high-end automotive tour and is said to embody everything that Hot Rod Magazine has represented throughout its 64 year history.
American Racing is part of that history. The American Racing brand traces its roots back to a 1956 Hot Rod magazine cover story that featured its first custom-made drag race wheels.
The 1,200-mile tour was the first time that many people had a chance to see the American Racing Camaro in its new rat-rod themed livery, and it drew crowds at every stop with many show-goers astonished to learn that it was dressed in a digitally generated wrap than a distressed paint finish.
Although the tour officially started in Detroit at the GM Proving Grounds, American Racing skipped the first stop to attend the Detroit Grand Prix and caught up with the party at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Illinois.
From there, the tour travelled from Illinois to Gateway International Speedway, outside of St. Louis. The speedway stop gave many tour participants a chance to get out on the drag strip and show what their cars could do in the quarter mile. Among the vehicles to hit the strip were 800 horsepower hot rods and vendor’s stock Chevy Avalanche.
The third stop came at the end of long run from St. Louis down to the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. The Casino break gave participants a chance to get out of the heat and spend some time trying to earn some gas money at the tables.
The fourth day’s stop saw more than 3,000 participants’ cars fill every parking lot on the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The fifth and final stop landed the American Racing crew at the Quik Trip Park in Arlington, TX, which saw another great crowd of both locals and long-haulers, who did the whole tour.
The special-edition American Racing hats were a popular commodity among fans on the tour and American Racing will restock and give away more at the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville Aug 2nd-5th. Don’t miss it.
SOURCE: American Racing