Route Recap: SRT Tour week two.
This week, the SRT Tour knocked out well over 1,000 miles up and down the Pennsylvania and Ohio Turnpikes.
Tuesday was our second annual visit to the Wauseon, Ohio, Super Cruise. Located about 40 minutes outside Toledo, Wauseon is a great little town with people who truly understand the 'car guy' hobby -- they close down their main street and invite us in. And despite nearly triple digit temperatures, hundreds of cars, local businesses and even a band joined in to make the evening great. "I love small-town America and their hospitality," said Sean. "They made us feel like part of their family."
Wednesday we rolled down the Ohio Turnpike and Rachel called out the word that kids across the Great Lakes know all too well: "Sandusky!" A photo opportunity was in order at Cedar Point, the amusement park loved and enjoyed by so many in this part of Ohio. From there it was a quick Tweet-up for dinner in Eastlake, Ohio, just outside Cleveland.
With no more than a couple hour notice and a handful of messages on Twitter, we wound up with more than a dozen SRTs and nearly 20 folks joining us at a local restaurant. Expect to see more of these tweetups as the SRT Tour continues. We enjoy being able to take side trips, like a stop at Cedar Point, and those Tweet-ups. Our team can quickly make a decision and go where our fans are.
On Thursday we had some time before heading South, so it was a quick stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The SRTs looked great rolling past the front door, but what's inside the museum is simply incredible. Every display caught our attention and inspired us to turn up our favorite songs on our SRT's Harman Kardon sound system. "It was amazing seeing the history of Rock and Roll," noted Jen, "I'm a huge Rolling Stones fan and to see how tiny Mick Jagger's clothes are in the exhibit…I had no idea he was so small!"
All this led up to our big weekend show: The 5th Annual LX & Beyond Nationals at Quaker City Motorsports Park outside Youngstown, Ohio. Anthony Carter and his team put together a great event filled with incredible cars and hot on-track drag racing action. We came loaded for bear. In addition to our SRT Tour display, we brought in a bunch of SRT engineers and some special vehicles from Detroit, including an SRT Charger with a sneak preview of some 2013 options.
We also brought the class-winning Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 from the One Lap of America. The engineers even hosted a special Meet and Greet at the hotel Saturday night. Hammer says, "Incredible to see the speed these guys got: there were highly modified Jeep SRT8s running nine second quarter miles at over 150 mph!"
The team has been on the road for nearly three weeks, so we're taking a couple days off to visit our families, then we're back at it. The SRT Tour continues with a visit to the Gilmore Classic Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, on Saturday, then we get to cheer on the new SRT Viper GTS-R in its debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 2-4. Stay tuned for more stories from the road.