The Hot Rod Power Tour is an amazing event put on by Hot Rod Magazine
that sees enthusiasts from all over the United States – and even Canada – take part in a seven-day road trip across America, stopping at race tracks and car shows along the way.
For the participants, it can be an awesome week of cruising with hundreds of other like-minded modified classic car nuts.
But unfortunately, on this year's Tour, there have been an unlucky few who have had their trips ruined by car thieves.
One of the victims, the owner of a modified 1984 Monte Carlo, couldn't believe that it was actually happening: 'I thought it was a joke. Like, I really thought it was a joke,' Garrett Reed told the Charlotte Observer
. 'I didn't get to make any memories in my car.”
Reed has been working on his car for the past nine months, and says he's put countless hours into it; he also said it's worth over $50,000. The Monte Carlo was stolen outside of the hotel parking lot in University City where he was staying.
Another victim also had his truck stolen from the lot of his hotel, the Drury Inn. Roger and Debbie Bentley drove in from Dayton, Tennessee for the tour in their 1994 Chevy Silverado.
'I was going to keep it and use it every year for the Power Tour. It was that nice of a truck and that much of a joy to drive,' Roger Bentley said. 'I'm holding out hope that they'll find it.”
The vehicles are insured, but that doesn't reimburse the owners for the blood, sweat and tears that went into these highly customized and personalized builds.
A Facebook group has been started for those that have had their vehicle stolen from the Hot Rod Power Tour.