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Hot Rod Magazine tour coming to West Virginia June 9

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Jeff Dahlin, publisher of Hot Rod Magazine and Danny Jones, mayor of Charleston, were on hand March 5 at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel to announce a Hot Rod Power Tour stop coming to Charleston June 9. Jeff Dahlin, publisher of Hot Rod Magazine and Danny Jones, mayor of Charleston, were on hand March 5 at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel to announce a Hot Rod Power Tour stop coming to Charleston June 9.
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The Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour is making a one-day stop in Charleston, coming to the Mountain State June 9.

An announcement was made March 5 at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel along Kanawha Boulevard, the street that will become the epicenter of the summer event.

The "seven cities in seven days" tour also will visit Concord, N.C,, Knoxville, Tenn., Norwalk, Ohio, Crown Point, Ind., Bettendorf, Iowa, and Wisconsin Dells, Wis. 

It will be the 20th anniversary year of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour.

About 3,500 hot rods, muscle cars, custom trucks and performance cars are expected to be displayed in Charleston, the third stop on the tour. It is a free event for spectators that will last from noon-7 p.m.

"If you don't like car shows, you've elected the wrong mayor," joked Danny Jones, mayor of Charleston and a long time car enthusiast. "This is a big deal to bring Hot Rod Magazine here. It's a huge, mammoth event. 

"Our community continues to make partnerships like this. We've had car shows before. My experience in it goes back 47 years."

Alisa Bailey, president of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, estimated that the one day event will have an $850,000 economic impact for the area.

"This will be a great opportunity to bring people to ‘Hip, Historic, Almost Heaven' Charleston, West Virginia," she said. "Hopefully many of them visiting for the first time will find this to be true and will come back again."

Jeff Dahlin, publisher of Hot Rod Magazine, said that over the seven-day tour, an estimated 80,000 attendees will take in "the world's largest traveling car show."

"We've wanted to bring the tour to West Virginia for some time," Dahlin said. "This year, we finally figured it out and were able to schedule the route so that we could get here. When all of those engines are thumping, it's quite a spectacle. 

"It has grown to legendary status of being the ultimate hot rodding adventure."

Dahlin also expressed his delight about the unique Charleston venue, along the riverfront.

"It's going to be a beautiful stop for the Hot Rod Power Tour," Dahlin said. "I can't imagine how great it's going to look along this main drag with 3,500 cars — it's going to be something to see.

"Charleston is a great city that has a lot of car guys and girls," he added. "We've actually taken some heat for not being here any sooner."

According to Dahlin, the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour will include a midway with about 80 car companies that greet visitors and give away products. GM is scheduled to bring an array of concept cars that have never been seen.

"The whole family can come," Dahlin suggested.

For car owners who wish to participate in the event, registration information can be found at hotrod.com. On-site registration will be available beginning at noon the day of the event.