Hooniverse Asks: What's the best vehicle to take on the Hot Rod Power Tour?

This year marks the 24th annual running of the Hot Rod Power Tour. For 2018, the festivities kick off in Bowling Green, Kentucky and then thousands of cars and spectators will wind their way over to the zMax Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. It’s seven days, seven cities, and tremendous amounts of horsepower. If you were to attend the Power Tour, what sort of vehicle would you bring?
If you’re Jim Bassett, the answer is a 1954 Chevy School Bus that also tows a 1969 Chevy Camaro. Watch the video above to learn all about both vehicles, but you’re going to want to focus on the specs of the bus. Especially because it’s making 500-600 horsepower and possibly 1,200 pound-feet of torque.
All hail the Cummins the 12V.
So Jim already has a damn fine answer to the question being posed. How about you? What would you bring to the Power Tour?

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11 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What's the best vehicle to take on the Hot Rod Power Tour?”

  1. GTXcellent Avatar

    I’d LOVE to bring my 1968 Plymouth GTX
    A well worn (ok, maybe beater) original muscle car! – I really wouldn’t need air conditioning in my black vinyl interior in the South East in June would I? And I’m sure I wouldn’t get tired of driving without power steering, or power brakes from Kentucky down to North Carolina. Or non-retractable seat belts and loud droning exhaust and thumbwheel am only radio.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Black vinyl interior in the south in the summer is worst when getting into the car after it has been parked in the afternoon sun with the windows up. Be sure to keep a white towel covering the seats whenever you exit, and if security isn’t an issue, keep the windows open, at least a crack.
      And carry a spare ballast resistor.

    2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      You wouldn’t… it all sounds pretty damn perfect.
      Can you post a picture of you car just so I can drool over it a bit?

      1. GTXcellent Avatar

        I don’t have any way of posting pics – I’m the only troglodyte left in these United States (hell, probably the entire world) who doesn’t have a phone – and vehemently refuses to get one.
        That and the car is in the back corner of my shed, under a car cover, and it’s -30.
        This picture was taken about 20 years ago, the cute blonde will eventually become MiSSus GTXcellent

        1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
          Jeff Glucker

          It looks fantastic. Still in similar shape?

          1. GTXcellent Avatar

            Well, she wears her hair shorter now and I suppose a wrinkle or two – oh, wait the car. Yeah, pretty close. Few paint bubbles now in the quarters, but still ’bout the same

    3. outback_ute Avatar

      I would say my dad’s 1968 Falcon GT, which has all the same features you list apart from power brakes. I’m not sure if the radio works or not though!
      We did a similar type event to the Power Tour 18 months ago in it and it went well, but Dad has been using it for track days for years with some pretty basic upgrades (ventilated disc brakes from a newer Falcon, 16″ R-compound tyres and a driver’s harness). He wasn’t keen on drag racing so I ran but promised to be gentle – 60 foot time was about 2.7 sec!

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      For reference that’s a 1932 Ford, which were known as the Model B. If you are keen on autocross events try to find one that has had the transverse leaf spring suspension replaced with something more modern!

  2. Zentropy Avatar

    I have an unrestored ’60 Rambler American Super Wagon that would be perfect, if I’d ever get around to transplanting a V8 and a stouter rear end. (Picture for reference and inspiration only. Mine’s not running and wearing what is optimistically called original patina.)

  3. Rudy™ Avatar

    My choice? A totally stealthy 1965 Buick Wildcat (see my avatar 😉 ), the only clue being sticky tires on all four corners. (“Oh looook, a Buick with mag wheels. Zzzzzz….”) Under the hood, though, it’d have to be something batshyt crazy, like some recent twin-turboed Chevy engine. (Personally I’d prefer to keep it 100% stock, although I might sneak in the Super Wildcat engine–a 425 c.i. with twin Carter 4bbl carbs, the rare “MW” option on ’66 Cats and Rivieras.)