To Long Haul the annual HOT ROD Power Tour can be a treacherous event at times. Each year, for the past 23 years, the entire tour covers over 1,000 miles and something is bound to need repair. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, David Riser is a lifelong Chevrolet owner and a HOT ROD Power Tour veteran. That’s not to say he’s merely attended a stop at each year’s Power Tour, but he has actually Long Hauled all but one of those four years. That’s a roughly combined 5,600 miles and 28 cities of HOT ROD Power Tour ground covered, all in his 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Despite owning a late-model vehicle, things can happen, even if it’s just a flat tire, and that’s where Chevrolet Performance's Motor Medic comes to the rescue.
David’s Camaro SS, powered by the future classic LS3, has an aftermarket track oil cooler, among other modifications. Modifications like this are commonly found in the automotive enthusiast community. It’s part of what makes hot rodding great. Folks buy new cars, or even project cars, and outfit them with additional parts but things can go awry. David experienced this firsthand while Long Hauling the tour. An oil cooler fitting began leaking under the hot midwestern sky, which could be a trip ender for most people, but not for David.
If the medic were not on this tour, he would have had to source a part from a not-so-local parts supply store, spend hours underneath his car trying to repair the problem and be so exhausted by the end of it, there would likely not be enough energy to keep going for the rest of the week-long trip, but, not on the HOT ROD Power Tour. Why? Because the Power Tour has something you won’t find at most other car shows, the Chevrolet Performance Motor Medic.
David was driving on the tour with his friends and fellow 2010 Camaro owners Pat and Gina Moseley, Dan Coleman and Jim Shepard. They helped David out tremendously by lending a hand under the hood, and even missing some side trips on the tour to help David get to the Motor Medic team early enough to have them work on the leak.
The team behind the Motor Medic then jumped in to help keep him on the rest of the tour. The team worked tirelessly into the night, well past scheduled show hours, wrenching under the hood of David’s Camaro SS to make sure his car was roadworthy and safe to cover the remaining miles of the Power Tour, of which thousands were left to travel. After a braided hose was securely in place, the Chevrolet Performance Motor Medic team sent David off to enjoy the rest of the tour.
David, having spent a significant amount of time with the Motor Medic crew had this to say about their teamwork and perseverance, “...I got to observe their (the Motor Medic team) interactions with many Power Tour participants, including all makes of cars and all different kinds of issues. In each instance, the Motor Medic team was patient, professional and obviously extremely helpful in every type of repair you can imagine. All of this was accomplished under less than ideal conditions including rain, wind and extremely hot asphalt. I never heard a single member of the team complain the entire time I was there and believe me, they had many reasons to complain.”
David continued his praise, “For me specifically, each and every mechanic helped in some way with my repair. Larry was the main person repairing my fitting and when the traffic delay to get the new line caused them to stay late, Larry continued to tell me not to worry and that he was going to stay as long as it took to make the repair so I could enjoy the rest of the tour. It was incredible to see how many times one mechanic would be working on something or another, who just finished a job, and would stop to see if they needed anything before they started on another car. I don't know how many cars they worked on this year, but I know it was a lot, and I know they worked late every night.”
This is one of our favorite types of stories to cover. It’s a perfect example of the comradery the Chevrolet enthusiast community displays. By sending out the Motor Medic team, Chevrolet Performance lent a helping hand to hot rodders from all over the country, all in an effort to keep them on the road for the remainder of the HOT ROD Power Tour, even if the person in need didn’t drive a Chevrolet. This is exactly what David got to experience and is exactly why he was able to put another HOT ROD Power Tour Long Haul notch on his belt. Now, he can say he has Long Hauled five HOT ROD Power Tours, with his sights set on next year to make it six Power Tours.
You can bet that we’ll be keeping tabs on David and his Camaro SS as we continue covering everything in the world of Chevrolet Performance. Be sure to stick close to The BLOCK this week as we have even more coverage and videos coming down the pipe from the 2017 HOT ROD Power Tour.