As I’m writing this, I’ve been in South Dakota for a scant few days after completing a 10-day trek. Dakota Digital has been the official gauge sponsor of the Power Tour for a few years now, and if you aren’t familiar with the event, you should be! Best described as a seven-day car show in seven different cities, Power Tour is bigger than most local shows. As the event has grown, we’ve been seeing 2,500 vehicles show up to each stop; this many vehicles can cause some traffic headaches and flat-out lack of space at the venue, but it all seems to work out. Participants who persevere and check in at every stop are part of an elite group called The Long Haul Gang; event officials estimate approximately 1,700 long haulers make it to the last day.
You see all kinds of vehicles on Power Tour, and all kinds of people. There are drag cars, stockers, patina’d trucks and of course pro touring cars. If I had to guess, I’d say modern muscle cars make up half of the participants at any given stop, but there is plenty of old iron as well. An old body with modern underpinnings is the hot ticket these days, and as you can imagine, LS engines are king. This year I determined that, if your LS isn’t boosted, you’re behind the times. There are so many options for forced induction with such remarkable results, it’s no wonder there were so many blowers this year.