Half a billion worth of Hot Rods - including Leno's EcoJet - tours the Midwest

There's usually not a lot of cross-over between the power fiends at Hot Rod magazine and green car culture. The the two worlds are not inherently exclusive, and as petroleum gets more and more expensive, we're seeing the gearheads turning to biofuels and other alternatives.

Take, for example, the upcoming HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour, which features a supposed half-billion dollars worth of souped up vehicles. What's green about the tour, which includes 100 vehicles like the 2009 Chevrolet Camaro concept vehicle and the Hummer H3 Open Top? How about Jay Leno's silly-powerful EcoJet, which AutoblogGreen readers will remember from last year's SEMA show.

HOT ROD says the EcoJet team is rushing to get the 650 hp biodiesel car ready to drive along in the road tour, which starts in Cleveland on June 2. The tour will stop in seven Midwest cities (full schedule after the jump), and visitors can check out the cars each night will be free. If you go, and have pictures to share, let us know.

[Source: HOT ROD Magazine]
Half a Billion Dollars Worth of Fantastic Automobiles to Make a Historic Tour of America

The 2007 HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour(TM) To Kick-Off in Cleveland on June 2

INDIANAPOLIS, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2007 HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour(TM) is a 1,420-mile, seven-day parade of the worlds' most unique automobiles. Billed as the nation's largest motorized traveling extravaganza, the tour will travel from the banks of Lake Erie through the heartland of America and finish in Little Rock.

On Saturday, June 2, hot rods, street rods, trucks, and street machines will gather at the XI Center in Cleveland, Ohio to embark on the tour throughout mid-America, ending in Little Rock, Ark. Each evening, in each of the seven cities, these cars gather for a free-to-the-public celebration.

The 2007 HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour(TM), presented by GM Performance Division and co-sponsored by Flowmaster Exhaust, includes over 100 one-of-a-kind specially designed vehicles as well as thousands of participants driving their own art on wheels. Highlights of the collection includes the GM Performance Division's "Eco Jet", designed and built by NBC Tonight Show star, Jay Leno, and the 2009 Chevrolet Camaro concept vehicle.

The HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour will stop at the following sites for an evening of fun:
  • Saturday, June 2 IX Center, 6200 Riverside Drive, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sunday, June 3 Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Monday, June 4 Downtown Lake Front, 14015 Washington Ave, Racine, Wisc.
  • Tuesday, June 5 Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon, Springfield, Ill.
  • Wednesday, June 6 Roberts Stadium, 2600 Division Street, Evansville, Ind.
  • Thursday, June 7 Memphis Motorsports Park, 5500 Victory Lane, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Friday, June 8 Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 2600 Howard Street, Little Rock, Ark.
Enthusiasts who want to show their car to Hot Rod editors can purchase a special one-day pass for $20, which includes a vehicle decal and credential for the driver and one passenger.

In 2006, more than 200,000 participants and spectators enjoyed the tour. For more information on the 2007 HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour, please call 1-877-413-6515 or visit http://www.hotrod.com/.

About HOT ROD Magazine: Published by PRIMEDIA, HOT ROD Magazine is the world's largest and most influential automotive performance publication reaching more than 7.5 million people per month. HOT ROD is a powerful brand that spawned an industry more than 50 years ago and now includes HOT ROD TV, airing nationally on ESPN 2, http://www.hotrod.com/ and the annual HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour(TM).

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