Hot Rod Station Wagons at Power Tour

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Would a station wagon be your ride of choice for the HOT ROD Power Tour? For a bunch of Power Tour participants, the answer is yes.

Many of us, boomers especially, got our first taste of long-distance cruising from the back seats of family-sized longroofs. By the time we had earned our position in the driver’s seat, our taste had evolved toward something a little more exciting, like muscle cars and sport trucks—anything but a station wagon. But even though the family wagon was our last choice for a first date or for hanging out with our buddies in the Walmart parking lot, it was the usual choice for hauling everybody to the beach or the Friday night game.



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The desirability of station wagons has grown since those days. Maybe it’s nostalgia or availability or some other reason, but the cars that used to be the symbol of conventional transportation have become an unconventional part of the hot rod hobby. We don’t expect Brookwoods and Country Squires—or even ’57 Chevy Nomads—to push Camaros and Challengers off the automotive coolness charts, but we like seeing classic wagons at car shows and on the HOT ROD Power Tour. And although practicality isn’t the biggest priority in hot rodding, wagon drivers recognize the advantages when they’re packing luggage, tool boxes, ice chests, and lawn chairs for long-distance driving events like HOT ROD Power Tour.

Our gallery of station wagons from HOT ROD Power Tower 2021 is not huge, but it makes the point. Got an opinion about wagons or one of your own that we should know about? Tell us about it on our social media (see below for details).

The cars that used to be the symbol of conventional transportation have become an unconventional part of the hot rod hobby. —HOT ROD’s Tim Bernsau

And stay tuned, because we’re getting ready to post a feature on a couple of wagon-driving HOT ROD Power Tour participants who probably traveled the longest to make the Long Haul. They came from Southern California in a rare 1965 Chevelle two-door wagon, purchased and modified specifically for cruising on the Power Tour.

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Watch! Diesel-Swapped Torino Wagon Drag Racer

Like the hot rod station wagons from Power Tour? Check out the trailer for episode 104 of Roadkill! Why would you purchase a 1971 Ford Torino Wagon with a Cummins 12-valve diesel engine swapped in it? Because your name is Mike Finnegan and you thought it would be an awesome vehicle to use to tow your newly purchased Toyota mini truck home with, of course! But why would you grab Tony Angelo and have him help you take the Torino from a manageable 300-ish horsepower to over 800 galloping horses? Because Cleetus McFarland challenged you to a diesel swap drag race duel—you know, a normal day in the life of Roadkillers! Sign up for the MotorTrend App today to get a free trial and start watching every episode of Roadkill!

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