Looking pretty good tonight since I washed & waxed it on Saturday morning! This is my kind of parking lot. Empty.
The Legend took a chill pill in the garage while I traveled the 287 miles to Las Vegas, Nevada over the weekend with some friends. There’s no interstate connecting Phoenix and Las Vegas (yet) but the highway system is always getting better and it’s a straight shot up Hwy 93 for the most part. The city was bustling with Memorial Day tourists like myself.
Las Vegas is a destination that my Acura has visited frequently in the 9 years I’ve owned it. For the first couple of years, I would regularly travel about 100 miles each way from where I was living in southwest Utah to have my oil changes done at Falconi’s Acura. It was a long drive just to have car maintenance taken care of, but without a true Acura dealership in the community (though, we did have Honda) I welcomed the chance to road-trip.
In fact, Falconi’s Acura was the first place I had my car serviced after I bought it. Here’s the receipt from when they worked on the car at just 97,008 miles on the odometer, back in April, 2003.
I’ve been through Vegas a number of times with the Legend over the years.
In October 2006, I took this series of pictures while I was rolling through there on my way from Utah to Arizona. My car had the 19″ Racing Hart wheels installed at the time. I still have these wheels but they need tires so I haven’t used them much.
Mandalay Bay and Luxor casinos in the background
New York, New York
Las Vegas hosted the 3rd annual National Acura Legend Meet (NALM) in 2007. About 25 Legends congregated at the Falconi’s dealership for a photoshoot as part of the event’s festivities. I had traveled with a caravan of 5 other Acura fanatics from the PHX area.
These people are like family to me! We all share a love of a great automobile.
Luxor in the background at night. My car was in the foreground with the 19″ wheels again.
And a shot from yesterday with my friends before we departed. The famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign has been a landmark at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard (“The Strip”) since 1959. I’ve always wanted to stage my Acura in front of it for a picture but never had the chance.
Rustin, Tyson, Brady, Beau. These guys just roll their eyes at my Acura obsession!
Summer’s heating up and Acura’s got a smokin’ new ride in dealerships that you may start seeing on the road. The 2013 ILX is now on sale!
Here are a few more pictures I took at the National Press Launch event in Scottsdale, Arizona when I got some firsthand experience with this car.
Pictured below are: My friend Chuck’s ultra low-mileage 6-speed Legend coupe, which I’ve talked about before, parked next to a 2nd generation Acura TL and this new Crimson Garnet 2013 ILX that I was driving at the event. The newest member of the family fits right in!
Another fun color that’s all-new for model year 2013: Fathom Blue. The picture doesn’t do it justice. This car is stunning!
Check out the Build & Price utility on Acura.com if you want to customize an ILX of your own.