CLEVELAND, OHIO - Midlothian resident Hollis Wolfe and his 1963 Ford Falcon Ranchero joined thousands of hot-rodders and car enthusiasts for America’s largest rolling car show.
“Wolfe and his rodding peers bring the pages of HOT Rod Magazine to life through the Hot Rod Power TourTM,” said Jerry Pitt, Hot Rod Magazine publisher. “We never dreamed 13 years ago when the tour began with just seven long-haulers, that we would be here. This tour is pure proof that it is passion for performance that continues to drive automotive culture.”
The seven-day, seven-city tour, presented by GM Performance Division and co-sponsored by Flowmaster, began in Cleveland on June 2 and covered over 1,100 miles before reaching the finish line June 8, in Little Rock, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. Along the way, hot rodders from all over the U. S. show up to be a part of this uniquely American event.
“There are few success stories in the auto industry today and Hollis Wolfe is actively participating in one of them. Car enthusiasts are a powerful force in this country. It is their love for automotive culture and technology that’s driving successful American businesses - especially the small to mid-size - who were built from that same passion,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA vice president, marketing and communications.
Wolfe considers the Hot Rod Magazine Power TourTM, an absolute must for those in tune with America’s car culture. It allow collectors of every sort and age to come together and see America from behind the wheel of their favorite vehicle. Wolfe is among the many long-haulers taking part in this year’s tour.
The Hot Rod Magazine Power TourTM began in 1995 as a cross-country ride stretching from Los Angeles, Calif., to Norwalk, Ohio with thousands of participants, but only seven dedicated long-haulers. The 2007 tour traversed the Midwest, stopping in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee before finishing at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock.
Many participants of the Hot Rod Magazine Power TourTM are part of the SEMA Action Network (SAN), a nationwide partnership between car clubs, enthusiasts, and members of the specialty auto parts industry who want to protect their hobby. SAN was designed to help stamp out legislative threats to the automotive hobby and encourage the adoption of favorable laws. SAN regularly rallies the support of car clubs, individual contacts and publications to amplify SEMA’s political voice on issues affecting the specialty equipment industry. They also send out action alerts to generate responses to state or federal legislative actions and regulatory proposals as well as issue timely updates of legislative and regulatory developments.
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $36 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,817 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for automakers and the specialty autoparts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, Calif. 91765: call 909/396-0289; or visit www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com.