June 16, 2010 01:49 AM
On June 6, thousands of hot rod owners invaded downtown Springfield for the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour 2010. The Power Tour is a one-week, multi-state car show trek involving many cities. This year's tour spanned seven cities from Iowa to Alabama from June 5-12. Springfield was the tour's second stop.
Downtown Springfield has hosted car shows before, but this is the first time I've heard of this particular tour coming through. One refreshing thing about this tour was that it was not car genre-specific, such as classic only. While there, I saw many classic hot rods along with modern and completely custom rides. There were many modernized classics as well. I personally tend to favor the stock/restored flavor of old automobiles, but these certainly were neat to see.
I spent several hours photographing the autos, which were spread all over downtown. The city of Springfield had a pretty large area blocked off for the tour. Honestly, the area blocked off was too large. There were many clusters of cars here and there with empty areas separating them. The wide separation of cars made the event seem larger than the multi-day Route 66 Mother Road Festival Springfield holds each year. The parking and layout weren't as well organized as the Route 66 Festival, but the come-and-go nature of this car tour probably makes the parking situation difficult to plan for.
Below is a link to my favorite car shots at my SmugMug gallery. Read more on the tour's impact on Springfield in the SJ-R's article. You can also check out the tour's website and FAQ for more information.