HOW TO SURVIVE POWER TOUR
Driving the Power Tour is alternately eating long stretches of road, idling in traffic at intersections, dealing with road construction, or waiting in line to get to the venue. The weather is usually hot and humid, breakdowns are frequent, and it’s easy to miss a turn or get separated from the crowd. We put together a list of lessons learned to help survive Power Tour .
01] Big Radiator: Your cooling system is paramount to the survival of this trip. The bigger your radiator, the better off you will be. You’ll need a big fan, too, to pull air through it while you’re stuck in traffic. Consider some louvers or hood vents, too—something to help extract hot air from the engine compartment. If underhood temperatures get hot enough, even fuel-injected cars can experience vapor lock.
02] Swamp Cooler/Air Conditioning: The hard-core among us insist that hot rods and performance cars don’t have air conditioning. That doesn’t mean you have to swelter in the heat. We saw some clever, homebuilt swamp coolers to keep your interior pleasant in the heat.
03] Bring a Navigator: This Volvo P1800 had both a tabletsized GPS display and a paper map. If you don’t have a passenger who can help with directions, a paper map is your best friend in places with no cell-phone service.
04] Basic Tools: Bring a tool kit! Stuff will break on a trip this