As you might remember from our previous blog post, this cruise on the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour was planned as an anniversary gift for my beautiful wife of 22 years. So, last Friday morning, with Mary as our pilot, we departed Georgia in the wee hours of the morning and headed out to Milford, MI where we would commence at the GM Proving Grounds with the rest of Power Tour.
When we finally arrived after a full day and a half drive, there were more hot rods, classic, custom, and muscle cars than you could shake a stick at. It was like we had landed in heaven. We spent the majority of our time at the Proving Grounds mulling around and gawking at all of the eye candy. It was a spectacular introduction to what was to come.
The next 7 days of the Hot Rod Power Tour would take us to 7 fantastic cities in several states including Michigan, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas. Although the ride was a total blast, it wasn’t without its setbacks. The first day we would trust our GPS and actually lose the tour! Fortunately it didn’t take us a whole lot of time to recover.
What was even worse, on day 2 we stopped in Whitehall, MI for dinner, where I would make the brilliant move of locking the keys in the trunk. We had no second set of keys, no way to get in via the back seat (the convertible has a steel panel with about an 8″ opening into the trunk where an air compressor is mounted for the air shocks). I absolutely figured we would have to punch the trunk lock. Not a big deal unless you have a 3-stage paint job that can’t be repaired. DOH!
Remembering that I have Hagerty Insurance who offers roadside assistance, I called them up and explained our predicament. They ensured me that they would get right on finding someone that could help. Their service was nothing short of outstanding. I received two callbacks during our wait. Hagerty was calling several lock companies and walking them through what kind of car it was while explaining that punching the lock wasn’t an option. About 30 minutes after our initial call, Dales towing showed up and the two guys were actually excited about solving the dilemma. Talk about loving your job! They took a whole 10 minutes to get the keys out of the trunk using 48″ long picks and duct tape! I was utterly impressed! Thankfully, the rest of the Hot Rod Power Tour went off without a hitch. Whew!
And now after 10 days of traveling to and from and with the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour, we are back at the shop. It was an amazing adventure that we are so happy to have been a part of. We visited an array of beautiful cities, had some really cool pit stops, and made a ton of new gear head friends. It truly was a righteous time!
If you are interested living the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour vicariously through us, check out the gallery below. You can also browse our Instagram feed located on our Facebook page here. We hope you enjoy as much as we did!
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