The HOT ROD Power Tour is the largest road trip in the world, with several thousand cars traveling to seven cities in seven days with great stops and cruise nights along the way that include massive amounts of manufacturer booths and local hot rods.
Our marketing director attended the show this summer and it was a total blast to see all the cars that you read about and see in the magazines.
The 21st running of Power Tour in 2015 is from June 6-13, starting in Madison, Wisconsin, and ending in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on a route that includes highways and winding back roads. Gearheads can join in at any point along the way; the exclusive Long Haul Gang includes the people who take the entire Power Tour route along with the staff of HOT ROD. Participants can sightsee, explore, and show off their cars in towns along the way and in each participating city, and spectators are free to come look at the massive Power Tour cruise scene every night!
June 6 – Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin
June 7 – Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois
June 8 – Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, Illinois (St. Louis)
June 9 – Memphis International Raceway, Memphis, Tennessee
June 10 – Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover / Birmingham, Alabama
June 11 – TBD
June 12 – Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
June 13 – Lamar Dixon Expo Center – LONG HAULERS ONLY*
*Saturday, June 13th, is not open to the general public. The venue will only open for the Hot Rod Power Tour Long Hauler ceremony.
How do I attend as a spectator?
Spectators attend for free! Spectators must walk in. If you wish to bring a car into the Power Tour grounds, you must register. Here are the rough hours of the car show and manufacturers’ displays each day:
Saturday, June 6, Kickoff Party: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday thru Thursday: 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm
Friday, June 12: 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
What do I get if I register my car?
Registrations include a vehicle window sticker and credentials for two adults. Additional passengers are not required to register unless they would like to have their own set of credentials.
MULTI-DAY REGISTRATION: If you register as a multi-day participant, you will receive a goodie bag stuffed with cool giveaway items and freebies from HOT ROD and Power Tour sponsors! Once you pick up your credentials, you are set for the entire tour and do not have to stop at registration again. You also are eligible for giveaways at the main stage nightly and at the sponsors’ booths at each stop.
ONE-DAY REGISTRATION: One-day registrants get the exclusive Hot Rod Power Tour license plate frame and vehicle entry, but no goodie bag. One-day registrants are not eligible for the giveaways. One-day registrants who go to more than one stop will have to re-register on site each day. For example, if you are doing three stops, you would have to stop and register three times as a one-day participant. If you plan to bring a car to more than one Power Tour stop, it pays to register as a multi-day participant.
What are the on-site registration hours?
Friday, June 5, at the Aliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 6, at the Aliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
June 7-12, all cities: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
NOTE: To help alleviate traffic congestion going into the show, registration will be located off-site not far from the venue. Follow the signs directing you to the “Participant Registration” location at each daily stop. Registered participants will get regular updates, including specific information in a confirmation letter in the weeks preceding the event.
If you miss getting to registration before it closes on any day, you will have to get your credentials at the next venue. We do not conduct registration at the first (and only) morning drivers’ meeting on June 7th. If you plan to go to more than one city, you fall under the multi-city registration price and will only have to pick up your credentials once. If you would like to register for one day only then decide to go to another stop, you will need to stop at registration in the next city to register again. The credential you get as a one-day registrant will not be accepted at any other venue.
If I pre-register online, how do I get my credentials?
We do not mail credentials. You are required to stop at registration on site and pick up your credentials there; follow the signs directing you to the “Participant Registration” location at each daily stop. Approximately one month prior to HOT ROD Power Tour you will get a confirmation letter with the most current information. You do not need to produce the confirmation letter at registration, but you will have to have your valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and the vehicle’s valid government issued registration. Important note: Only the listed registrant can pick up the credentials. No one else will be able to obtain another person’s credentials under any circumstances.
Where can I get hotel information for nightly stops on the Hot Rod Power Tour?
Follow this link for Power Tour hotel booking by TravelPlanners.Net. Rooms are limited, so book yours now! You may also call the agents at 215/256-4128.
What vehicles are welcome on the Hot Rod Power Tour?
Any car or truck owner who wants to join the tour is welcomed! Any year, make or model vehicle accepted. Please, NO rental cars due to insurance requirements.
Can I trailer my car from stop to stop?
Seriously? This is the HOT ROD Power Tour! It’s all about the driving. If you must trailer your vehicle, it is allowed. However, there is no trailer parking at any of our venues, so you are responsible for finding someplace to park and off-load your ride. Also note that it MUST be driven into and out of the venue on its own power.
Where do I get directions for following the HOT ROD Power Tour route?
Official directions will be posted on HOTROD.com as soon as they are available. Printed copies will also be available at the main stage on site. We strongly recommend you also bring your own printed atlas.
Do we have to follow the mapped route on the HOT ROD Power Tour?
It is up to you what route you follow. If you want to hit some local landmark that is not on the mapped route, please feel free to! However, sticking to the official route is the best way to see thousands of other hot rods on the road along the way.
Where do we start every morning on the HOT ROD Power Tour?
On Sunday morning June 7, Tour participants are invited to attend a drivers’ meeting at Alliant Energy Center. We will go over a few details that will make your experience more enjoyable during the week. NOTE: June 7 will be the only drivers’ meeting. The rest of the week, the driving directions will have us departing from, or near, the venue from the night before. We also suggest what time you should leave in order to get to the next city’s venue. You will, of course, see the staff’s official vehicles along the route as well.
What goes on at the Cruise Nights?
Each cruise night you’ll see 1,000 to 3,000 local cars that have shown up to visit the Power Tour cars. There will be manufacturers set up showing off their latest parts and cars, autograph sessions with celebrities, giveaways at the main stage, and photo shoots with HOT ROD magazine and HOTROD.com. There will be drag racing fun runs on the June 8 stop at Gateway Motorsports Park and on June 9 at Memphis International Raceway. Past cruise night experiences have included autocrosses, bands, drive-in movies, or special prize giveaways. The beauty of Hot Rod Power Tour is that no two days are alike!
Can I bring my pet or animal on the Hot Rod Power Tour?
We recommend that you do not bring your pets. The Power Tour stops are usually held on asphalt and it does get very, very warm. It is unfair to the animal, and it is respectful to fellow participants and our fans and spectators to leave the animals at home.
What are the HOT ROD Power Tour Long Haulers and the Long Hauler Awards?
Long Haulers are those who have traveled the entire Power Tour route, and who have had their credential stamped at the main stage at the first stop in Madison, WI and doing the same at all other daily stops along the entire route to Baton Rouge. The Long Haulers are an exclusive group, and they are rewarded with a special gathering on June 13 at the Lamar Dixon Event Center where they are honored by the sponsors and given a special goodie bag and Long Haul gift. Note: HOT ROD no longer executes the Long Haul photo—the event has simply grown too large to gather all the people into a meaningful photo, and people have asked us not to slow down the Long Haul day with the photo shoot.
Who from my area is going on the Tour?
The HOT ROD Power Tour forum and Hot Rod Magazine’s Facebook page are great places to get in contact with fellow Tour participants, ask questions, and get the ins and outs from Power Tour veterans.
I am traveling by myself. Do I meet up with someone to run with between cities? Yes, it is encouraged that you employ the buddy system. You will notice other like-minded HOT ROD Power Tour participants at your hotel or during the first day in Madison. It is always a good idea to introduce yourself, exchange info, and pair up with at least one other participant so you can help each other out if the need arises along the way. Power Tour participants are quick to lend a hand to a fellow gearhead in need.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get right back to you. We are looking forward to seeing you on Power Tour!