#Hot Rod Power Tour 2017 Madison to Indy

The morning was much cooler than any other day of our road trip. Skies were overcast til 4 so the pictures were extra sharp.

Traveling the route 40 that old truckers used offered great sights. Look at the pictures and think about the engineering required to create these yard displays. We stopped and spoke with the grandad and grandson in Browntown, IL. The grandson said he was recycling some junk. He included waterfalls in each display.

We drove through Vandalia, IL and passed the old State House. I was too slow to get a complete picture. It was a huge,  beautiful white house sitting on a manicured lawn. I  did catch one fellow sitting on the corner watching the hot rods drive past.

With the time change to Eastern time,  we made it to Lucas Oil Raceway by 2 pm and met John Force and his daughter, Courtney. They were so interesting. We listened as they answered questions and told stories of growing up and racing. The fastest speed recently achieved is 338 mph.

John grew up very poor. He said he ate a lot of  bologna sandwiches. His first sport of choice was football but he wasn’t remarkable so he tried something else. He raced in Australia, he said he was the fastest American who ever raced there.

As a young child Courtney was always at the race track with her family. Her first memory was at age 7 when her father took her to the race track for the day. He was making it a special day for her because he missed another important day. Courtney was not allowed to drive or ride in any of her father’s cars while growing up. She first attended driving school when she got her CA drivers license at age 16. She credits her dad for teaching her everything about racing.

They graciously signed autographs for everyone in line. They are heading to the weekend race in Bristol,TN.

We watched drag racing because the weather was perfect. Trucks as well as Mustangs and Camaros raced the 1/4 mile. We saw a couple Corvettes run in the high 9’s. That’s moving down the track.  We have one stop left. I worried about the people racing their cars. If something blew up they would have to figure out a way to get home. I’m sure the racers weren’t thinking that far ahead. They just wanted to beat their opponent.


Tomorrow we meet in Bowling Green KY for the last leg of our journey. We will officially become LongHaulers! 7 cities in 7 days. Both You Tube and FaceBook have lots of cruise videos by amateurs. Type in “Hot Rod Power Tour 2017” to check them out.

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#Hot Rod Power Tour 2017 Champaign to Madison, IL Gateway Motorsports 

It was another beautiful day to cruise America’s heartland. 


The State Farm Center was a great venue dotted with trees for cooling off. The first task was to check in to get our card time stamped. Next we checked out the cars new today. 

Time for a break at the hotel and check out the others making long haul.


The next morning we headed to Madison IL, just across the river from St. Louis. We drove through small towns where people patiently waited for the cruisers to pass through. Gas stops were crazy, stations filled with classic cars. A few cars made stops along the roadside to check out a minor problem with their cars. We did because the car running with us had a low tire sensor illuminated. He had a portable gizmo to check pressure and inflate the low tire.

Arrived in Gateway at noon.


Here is the VIP lounge, where we took shelter from the rain.

But the rain blew over and racing started again.

I love this shot of the Arch with the sun making the buildings glisten.

Here is a view from the VIP lounge.


And another day bit the dust. Heading to Indy.

#Hot Rod Power Tour 2017

Rusty Wallace Speedway in Newton, Iowa was a popular spot with everyone. It was hot, dusty and crowded. But hot rod fans loved every minute. 


We had a 30 minute drive to our hotel for the night at Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona.

I found an interesting sculpture in the lobby.

Dinner at Jethro’s BBQ was the best!


We spent some time the next morning cleaning the bugs off our car. Mother’s polish made the task easier. 


Then it was time for breakfast at McDonalds with other car enthusiasts.


Then we hit the blue highways for our next destination, the fairgrounds in  Davenport, Iowa. 


The drive to the fairgrounds was lined  with hot rods. Here is a 55 Chevy, sometimes called a shoebox because of its shape & size. 


We checked in at the long haul booth on the fairgrounds, walked around looking at the displays and cars, visited the VIP lounge to cool off and grab a snack, then headed to our hotel. 

Davenport Iowa sits along the Mississippi River. Our hotel room had a great view. The parking lot just below our room was filled with colorful classic hot rods.

The picture below shows the scenic view of the Mississippi River. 

Some new friends suggested we could drive a few miles along the river road to Le Claire and see the home of Archelogy Antiques. We were ready for an adventure so we got back in the car to explore. Along the way we saw grand old homes built high on a bluff overlooking the river.


We found the store of pickers, Frank & Mike. It was much smaller than we expected, but interesting. Antiquefinds and touristy  mementos were for sale. 

While in Le Claire we drove by the museum for Buffalo Bill. It was closed so we ate dinner before heading to our hotel to rest for our drive to Champaign, IL. 

#Hot Rod Power Tour 2017

This is an amazing road trip. It began Friday evening in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. BBQ was on the dinner menu.

Saturday was the car show and time for talking with vendors and car people.


Cool cars everywhere.

Conversations with nice people from all over the country.


Then the fun really began on Sunday. We headed east & north through rolling hills toward Iowa.


People were waiting to wave to us and cheer us onward.


Our next stop was the Rusty Wallace Speedway in Newton Iowa for another huge car show.


Then we headed north to spend the night in Altoona Iowa. BBQ was what’s for dinner:


Tomorrow we head to Davenport Iowa. Expect more photos.