So… about 6 months ago, a racing buddy and friend who recently retires half jokingly says “hey, the Hot Rod Power Tour is on my bucket list – can I rent your shop truck?”
I’m Keen on doing fun things while my bucket doesn’t leak… so naturally I said “Well Jim – no, you can’t rent the truck. But how about this; We do it together, and we long haul for Oakland CA to the start of the tour in Madison WI. Then we “Long Haul” the entire tour – and drive back?
Jimmy is game. He thinks I’m a bit nuts – but he’s in.
I go online and pre-reg us for the tour – email Jim to tell him to which I get “Really? I didn’t think you were going to go through with it! – When do we leave?”
Fast forward 6 or 7 months and I’m here in a hotel casino restaurant near Reno – after having done the first few hundred miles of the trip. We put a ton of hours into what was a cool, dirty, simple little hot rod. We probably could have taken the truck as it sat – but what’s the fun in that? Hot rodding is all about making your car better, faster….. more…
The hours and dollars spent paid off. Last evening as we rolled out of the shop and hit I-80 I thought to myself about the miles I had put on that truck so far – and how sketchy it was to drive in certain situations. I realized the improvements were vast that we had made. When traffic opened up in past Berkeley I hammered down the loud pedal – the truck roared to life – and I was actually just laid back driving the thing. No more darting steering, touchy brakes, torque steer, overheating….. Soon enough I hit 70+MPH and let go of the wheel – straight as a freaking arrow. I look over at Jim and smile. I exclaim “This thing is FANTASTIC!” He says – well… I never drove it before – but that’s good.
It’s not just good. It’s GREAT…. It’s fucking awesome…
So – 5 hours into the drive I have to give special props to Jim Eby, Cody McCulloch, Shawn Rodgers, My lovely wife Melissa, Dave Lyman, Eric Dean and Mitchell the Danger Intern.
Looking forward to the next 5000+ Miles!