Quick Sierra Vista Arizona, & Southern Utah Trips (+6 Videos)

Trip Distance:  400 Miles

Well, well, well!  A video that I filmed with Honda about a year and a half ago has debuted.

Get your Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn in the microwave because I have quite a few videos to link you to in this post.

‘Kokoro’ in Japanese means “heart.”  There’s a series of “Honda Kokoro” videos hosted by my friend Charles, Honda Brand Culture Champion, who has just recently retired.  I was the main character in the 6th video, which just came out yesterday.  I think the legal and post-production hurdles that set this back dilute its timeliness (3 of the cars featured there are gone, and 4 more are added) but it’s still a super fun memory.

My friend Chuck has a collection of very obscure vehicles.  If it weren’t crazy enough that he owns a custom 1988 Acura Legend convertible (the Legend wasn’t even offered from the factory in a convertible bodystyle), he also has a Dodge Dakota pickup convertible (yes, that one was a thing!), and a 1998 Acura SLX with only 54,000 miles on it.

How he managed to assemble a grouping so eclectic I’m not quite sure, but I decided to make a 6-hour round-trip from Phoenix to Sierra Vista, Arizona visit to pay him a visit this past weekend.

The vehicle called into action for the occasion was my 1996 SLX, since aside from the RADwood show last December, this would be the first time I would meet up with a fellow SLX owner.  Luckily, even though the summer heatwave was intense, I made the trip to & fro without incident.  My air conditioning even kept things cool the whole way.

It was nice to reconnect with Chuck and Patty, and we dined at one of Sierra Vista’s great Mexican restaurants.  The city is located only about 20 miles from the Mexican border, so authenticity is accounted for.  Chuck and I also took the convertible Legend out for a cruise.  I shot a few video clips that I pieced together.  Here’s the outcome.

(Special preview – this isn’t even public on my channel yet!)

Thanks, Chuck & Patty for hosting!  Please pardon our masklessness for the photo, and in other instances of the videos in this blog.  Rest assured I do have a mask in every single car and I wear them regularly.

Here are a few other updates in recent travels and current events.

With the automotive event calendar being wiped almost entirely clean this year thanks to COVID-19, some venues have reinvented themselves in digital format. One of them is the Future Collector Car Show (FCCS) which hosted a virtual car show on YouTube.  I was among 18 finalists who made it to the final round for Best of Show with my 1999 Integra.  Here’s a video that was published on the YouTube channel of the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.

(My car shows up 15 minutes in)

I took a trip to Utah a couple of weeks ago to see some family members.

My mom and stepdad and I dined from Cliffside Restaurant overlooking St. George, Utah.

The trusty old 2013 ILX rolled 225,000 miles, and I filmed a few minutes of video.

I also shot video of mom’s 2016 RLX.

And finally, several weeks ago I had company from a couple of Integra-owning local friends, Eric and Chris.  It was nice of them to stop by, and I got some video clips then too.

I especially like Chris’ T-shirt.  “Hoard Hondas, Not Toilet Paper.”

My T-shirt was pretty special too.  It was a one-day-only design made available on Blipshift.

Lastly, my friend Andy stopped by to show me his 2005 Lotus.

I guess that’s it for now.  Just catching you up on the latest.

11 Responses to “Quick Sierra Vista Arizona, & Southern Utah Trips (+6 Videos)”

  1. Very cool videos! I especially liked the tour of all of your rides (at least, all of your rides at the time) – and especially seeing the Legend coupe out and about. I also enjoyed watching the 250k update on the ILX. And while your Mom’s RLX is a gorgeous car, the sneak peak in her exercise room was awesome. It was inspiring to see the medals because they are a physical demonstration of her dedication to the craft of running (I appreciate it when people know what brings them joy and dedicate themselves to pursuing it – awesome stuff).

    Cool post! You jammed a lot of content into a not-so-long write-up. Thanks for sharing all this!

    • You betcha! My post frequency is at an all-time low so I have to cram a lot of detail into each update, for the few people who prefer to read it here rather than visit Instagram and YouTube haha. Thanks Tim.

  2. Any idea what firm converted Chuck’s Legend? And how solid did it feel (or not feel) going down the road? That design still looks good, decapitated! Enjoyable content as always, Tyson!

    • I’m in the process of putting together a pretty detailed write-up on what we know (and don’t know) about the convertible Legend. Information about its beginnings are limited – in fact, the Carfax doesn’t even start until 1992. I’ll keep you posted when I get everything put together. The car drives surprisingly solid! There were reinforcement braces added underneath the rocker panels on each side to give some structural rigidity.

  3. Great post Tyson, I love all the videos, especially that Honda one – that’s awesome!
    Just out of interest, what camera do you use to take your vids?

  4. Absolutely love the video detailing your collection! That’s so cool. I feel the same way about our Accord as you do about your Legend. So many memories and it’s part of the family. I can’t picture it being in anyone else’s hands.

    It’s also a great feeling to not have to worry about high mileage on an Acura or Honda as long as they’re maintained like we do with our cars. I only think of the next milestone I will hit on the odometer as I’m sure you do too.

  5. Feel like I haven’t been on here in forever! Lots of great content and I always appreciate folks like Chuck who keep obscure vehicles around. Congrats on the ILX 225k and Tia’s RLX is looking sexy as ever!

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