Over 3,500 Hot Rods Make Their Way to Champaign

Champaign, IL—The Hot Rod Power Tour returns to Champaign County on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Parkland College with well over 3,500 participants already registered. The 21st consecutive year for this “ultimate Hot Rodder vacation” will have cars cruising into Champaign County for this tour stop generating an estimated economic impact of $1.5 million, with a countywide hotel sellout. 

“The turnout for the Champaign stop is tremendous, already exceeding the number of participants from 2012,” exclaims Jayne DeLuce, President & CEO of Visit Champaign County. “Our community has embraced auto-events and the Hot Rod Power Tour is the cream of the crop. We’re excited to have them here once again.” 

Champaign County will be the second stop on a seven-day tour, which starts in Madison, Wisconsin and concludes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The show will run from 12:00–7:00 p.m. on the college campus. The official Hot Rod Power Tour route has cars coming down Interstate 57, exiting at Olympian Drive and heading south to Bradley Ave. where they will head to Parkland. Residents should anticipate increased traffic throughout the day as well as traffic Monday morning as the participants head to Madison, Illinois.

The show is free for spectators, who are encouraged to park in the Country Fair parking lot, near Taffies. Parkland shuttles will run at a regular interval, ending at 6:00 p.m. There will be no parking for spectators at the campus. 

Following the close of the show, DeLuce anticipates large numbers in Downtown Champaign as the participants take part in the Hot Rod Pint Night, with specials at a variety of downtown establishments. The city parking lot just west of the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum will be designated Hot Rod parking for the evening. 

More details on the event can be found at visitchampaigncounty.org/hotrod. For more information on Hot Rod Magazine and the Hot Rod Power Tour, visit www.hotrod.com.

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