Tuesday, June 20, 2023

2023 Hot Rod Power Tour: Day 2, junkyard jaunt

Junkyard Life tackles day 2 of the 2023 Hot Rod Power Tour. An early morning stop at Temple Auto Parts in Batesburg, South Carolina had us sidestepping rattlesnakes, and watching out for wild foxes. This junkyard tour revealed more than 4,500 vehicles from the 1940s and up. About 80 percent of the yard is older, classic era cars and trucks, according to owner Russell Temple.

Back on the Power Tour route and venue, in Columbia, South Carolina, we covered miles of ground looking at thousands of hot rods from all over the country and made time for fantastic parking lot sandwich meat. Yum!

We closed the day with a hotel parking lot tour after watching some impromptu burnouts from our room.

James, first-time Hot Rod Power Tour participant, from West Virginia told us about his scary encounter with a deer. A deer crossed the path of his 1999 Corvette that was traveling at a highway speed. The Corvette’s windshield was destroyed. The deer collided with the passenger side A-pillar. His passenger was hit by the hind end of the deer. And... pulled a tick off his shoulder. A quick trip to the doc, for the body blow from the deer, passenger was ok. A new windshield was ordered and to be delivered in the parking lot the next day. The tour marches on!

Full videos on Temple’s Auto links below.

Jody Potter
– Junkyard Life: The Story Beneath the Rust

(Apologies for some audio wind noise, it gets better with each day)

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