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The Carthage Press
  • 4,000 vintage, classic vehicles pass through Carthage on tour

  • Carthage is used to car shows — it’s a benefit that comes with being on Route 66.

    But more than 4,000 hot rods streaming through town in a day, even if they don’t stop, is an impressive sight to the most car-crazy communities.


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  • Carthage is used to car shows — it’s a benefit that comes with being on Route 66.
    But more than 4,000 hot rods streaming through town in a day, even if they don’t stop, is an impressive sight to the most car-crazy communities.
    The annual Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour passed through Carthage as it traveled Route 66 from St. Louis to Miami, Okla.
    One of the first cars in the stream was a classic 1960 Austin Healey Mk. 1, a British sports car with some powerful modifications by its owner, John Norwood, and principal builder, Peter Szekeres, both of Houston, Texas.
    Szekeres is an airline pilot originally from Hungary, and Norwood owns a small trucking company and is originally from England.
    The two got to know each other at a local radio-controlled airplane club in Houston and collaborated on rebuilding the Austin Healey about three years ago. It was a 21-month project for Szekeres, who was the primary builder.
    “When this thing showed up, it came in on a flatbed truck and it was so rusted out; all we could save was the body,” Norwood said. “So we decided to build our own car. Peter did most of the work. He built the frame. We put a custom suspension on it; there’s a Ford 302 engine in front. It has a five-speed Tremac racing transmission. Anyone who knows anything about cars will know what that is. It also has a Ford Positraction rear end. The Windshield is off a 1963 Corvette, so this is a real custom car.”
    “Built in a two-car garage in the suburbs,” added Szekeres.
    Norwood said he drives the car to work most days. They also take it to car shows around Texas.
    “It’s won its share of trophies,” Norwood said.
    Hot Rod Magazine said in a news release that the seven-day, seven city 2012 Power Tour covered 1,600 miles and included 4,700 cars. It started out on June 2 in a Detroit, Mich., suburb and traveled through Illinois before heading to its Wednesday stop at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.
    It ends this weekend in Arlington, Texas.
    George and Greg Moore, father and son from Appleton City, Mo., stopped on Wednesday at the Boots Motel on their way to Miami, Okla. They had traveled more than 2,000 miles when they stopped in Carthage in their 1970 Chevrolet pickup.
    George's father bought the truck brand new, and when Greg takes it over it will be a third generation truck.
    For more details on the ride, see www.hotrod.com.
     
     
     
     
     

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