Day 3. Our final day while the Hot Rod Power Tour still has four more days to go before they reach the Wisconsin Dells. Here you can find my notes from day 1 and day 2. The day centered around a voyage from Knoxville, TN to Charleston, WV. This was a part of the country that I have never been to and I was excited to see it. It didn't disappoint with lush green hills, deep valleys and the roads that go with that kind of terrain. The roads were really good fun. There were plenty of folks lining the roads looking for the tour to pass as well. Mostly older gents and kids and that is ok. My kids were fascinated to see the coal mines and trains, but they really enjoyed the hard fought game of war in the back seat. For us, the drive was the best part of the day, even the pause at Dairy Cheer for a lunch time Smashburger was a great throwback.
The show at the end of the run in Charleston was what we had become accustomed to. Something between 2000 and 4000 cars depending on who you talked to. The line to get in was huge and they had cars running a number of miles along the waterfront. No exaggeration there. There was a ton of cars, mostly in 4, nose to tail rows on two lanes of closed off streets. It was a nice backdrop, but it meant a good bit of walking after a day in the car. Not too bad overall, except when you realize you are probably 3 miles from the car and the four year old is done walking.
There were more Chevelles, Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs and Challengers than you could shake a stick at. There was also more polish and chrome on display than I've probably ever seen. I came to the realization that the fully done up cars just didn't do much for me. They barely looked real. They hid the fact that they were working machines and that doesn't do it for me. I liked the cars that looked like cars. The once that were cared for, but wore the miles with pride. The cars that tended to catch my eye today were the ones that were a bit out of the ordinary. Enjoy the pics of those below. The one story I did get out of the day was that of the Holden Ute. Turns out there is a guy in Colorado who has made a business of bringing them over. May have to look that one up.
The next two days will see us choosing our own adventures and heading back to Atlanta. The road trip with the family has been fun. I think the kids are the right age for it and everyone has been game for something new. Not a bad way to spend five days.
Ute with the heart of a G8
White-walled Caviler convertible.