Yesterday morning, I visited one of the many local pick-and-pull salvage yards to scout out some car parts for a friend of mine. I always enjoy wandering through the lanes of vehicle hulks – some have lived long lives; others were cannibalized young. It’s interesting to try and figure out what each one has been through and how it met its ultimate fate. Of the five 91-95 Legends that I saw in this particular yard, the highest odometer was 224,000. Such a shame to see, especially knowing that these vehicles are capable of so much more.
The Legend achieved the 470k mark last night around 10 p.m. on the eastbound I-10 and Loop 202 interchange in central Phoenix, Arizona, returning from a trip to Laka Havasu City, Arizona.
AZ history lesson: The 1831 London Bridge that spanned the River Thames was dismantled in the 1960’s, brought to America, and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City in western Arizona.
In this weekend’s adventure I enjoyed an easy 211 mile drive each way to the landmark. Rain and wind in Phoenix gave way to partly cloudy skies and a gorgeous sunset out at Lake Havasu. From Interstate 10, the rest of the drive is largely on a 2-laner and the scenery is great.
Checking out the bridge.
Driving across the bridge.
This might be the best time to explain why there’s a signature on my dashboard — it’s the first thing people ask about when they ride in my car. That signature belongs to Japanese automotive designer Shigeru Uehara. He pioneered the development of the Honda/Acura NSX and the Honda S2000. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Uehara in September 2010 at an event held at Honda America’s corporate office in Torrance, California. At that time, I’d been invited as a VIP guest for a Honda S2000 “Homecoming” event at which he spoke: