HRPT Day 1: Cookeville, TN to Memphis, TN
Hey everyone! It’s taken us a minute to get collected but we’re excited to share our experience on Power Tour this year. In addition to summaries, we’ll have features of folks we really connected with during the trip.
It was an early start on Day 1 to catch up with everyone in Memphis. We packed up the bus with luggage, snacks, and other stuff while it was still dark out and rolled out of the parking lot at about 5:30 am.
There was some napping, lounging, and a general “settling-in” for the journey ahead.
After a pit stop for some Egg McMuffins and coffee,
we cruised on for a visit to A-1 Signs in Dickson, TN.
This fantastic sign shop is responsible for our custom neon, and we were given a demonstration of how neon signs are made.
Departing from our friends in Dickson, we made a pit stop for lunch at Exit 87 BBQ in Jackson, TN
and then headed west to Memphis, driving into a hot, hot afternoon at Memphis International Raceway. It was so hot the asphalt literally melted into the cracks on the soles of our shoes…but it didn’t deter us from having a good time.
We saw old and new friends…
…but the highlight of the day was participating in the Guinness Book of World Record’s attempt to break the record for the world’s largest burnout. Guess what? We did it!!! 114 cars, 30 seconds of burning rubber, and giant clouds of acrid smoke filling our nostrils. Perfect.
Click here to check it out from an overview vantage point
and click here to see from a spectator in the stands vantage point.
Hear that siren? It’s The Bus!
After we left the raceway, we headed downtown to Beale Street and had an amazing meal at the air-conditioned King’s Palace Café before heading out to enjoy the cars parked beneath neon.
All in all, a great first day. More (good) stuff to come!