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Tour takes time to stop in Sauk Valley

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Ed Michalak, from Titusville, Florida, drives his customized 1969 Chevy Camaro onto the Galena Avenue Bridge in downtown Dixon on Thursday during the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour. One leg of the 1,600-mile tour brought 3,000 drivers through the Sauk Valley Area on state Route 2. The tour started in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will end in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Drivers make their way through downtown Dixon on Thursday morning during the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour. Drivers of classic muscle cars, high-end sports cars and custom hot rods took state Route 2 on one leg of the tour and passed through towns such as Oregon, Dixon and Sterling. The 1,600-mile trip, which started in Charlotte, North Carolina, will end in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Jake Simpson, 15, of Dixon, looks at the dashboard of Ed Michalak's 1969 Chevy Camaro at Page Park in Dixon on Thursday. Some of the drives who participated in the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour stopped at the park to show off their cars and talk with other drivers before continuing their tour.
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Mike McBride of Dixon wipes down his 1968 Ford Mustang at Page Park in Dixon on Thursday. He is the first owner of the car, which was first ever entered in the Amboy Depot Days car show. McBride was one of many local car owners who brought their rides to the park and welcomed Power Tour participates to Dixon. Many of the participants in the tour stopped at Page Park for lunch and a chance to talk with other drivers.
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
A Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour participant drives north on Galena Avenue in downtown Dixon on Thursday. Roughly 3,000 cars passed through the Sauk Valley throughout the day on and could be seen in towns such as Oregon, Dixon and Sterling.
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Joe Ludwig of Rock Falls wipes down his 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 at Page Park in Dixon. Ludwig was one of the locals who talked shop and compared rides with the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour who stopped at the park to show off their cars and have lunch.
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Window stickers identify cars participating in the 2014 Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour.
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
A mixture of vehicles from the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour and locals' vehicles blended at Page Park, where drivers from the tour stopped to talk shop and have lunch.
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Kathi Krull (from left) of Sterling and her grandson, Matthew Wolfe, 6, of Dixon, sit on the hood of a Pontiac Grand Am while Nathan Krull and Greg Tripp, both of Sterling, sit and watch Thursday for participants in the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour who passed by the old Menard's building in Sterling.

Ed Michalak, from Titusville, Florida, drives his customized 1969 Chevy Camaro onto the Galena Avenue Bridge in downtown Dixon on Thursday during the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour. One leg of the 1,600-mile tour brought 3,000 drivers through the Sauk Valley Area on state Route 2. The tour started in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will end in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

 

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