Odometer (Legend): 550,387
Odometer (ILX): 190,476
It’s been a full house at Hotel Hugie this week. I’ve had company cycling in and out for the past week or so and I’m happy to play host! Visiting from Palm Springs, California was my friend Scott who came to town on business AND to market his bright yellow 1977 Honda Civic which went up for sale at a collector car auction later in the week. It brought $14,000!
Last Sunday, I ran the 14th annual Rock & Roll Half-Marathon in Phoenix with my mother who had driven down from Utah. Race day weather couldn’t have been better: even though the forecast had called for a 30%+ chance of rain, things stayed dry and the overcast skies kept it from getting too warm. In the end, I somehow pulled off a 2 hour, 22 minute finish time with mom sneaking past the finish line at 1:58.
Darn it mom, I’ll beat you someday.
On Monday evening I attended the second-annual “Future Classics Car Show,” sponsored in part by ClassicCars.com, Hagerty, as well as other names in the collector car industry. It was open to all years, makes, and models, but I opted to take my 1994 Legend GS sedan since it hadn’t seen the light of day in a few weeks. The car didn’t exactly fit in — most vehicles in the show were more of a ‘tuner’ variety, with big wings, decals, and racing wheels. But I was happy to represent the all-stock Japanese luxo-sedan. Parked next to me was my friend Kyle in his 2005 Pontiac GTO, which incidentally ended up winning a trophy in its class. Congrats, Kyle!
On Wednesday, I made a trip to the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to pick up my good friend Chris who’d just flown in 5 hours from Baltimore to spend a few days with me. Chris and I have been ‘car friends’ since the late 1990s when we were both dabbling in Honda Prelude circles. This week, he became the first of my friends who has driven all 6 of my cars. There you go Chris, the proof is in writing! You win the grand prize!
It was an action-packed few days complete with highs and lows. Mother Nature dished out lots of rain which put a damper on Chris’ travel plans, but it didn’t keep him from taking a trip to Sedona in the Legend sedan and hiking 7 miles in the mud to Devil’s Bridge. Getting there was an adventure in itself. He’d intended to take the NSX but only made it 15 miles north of town when the car left him stranded thanks to a faulty ignition switch. A $195 tow and $101 (parts & labor) repair later, the car was back on the road the next day thanks to Science of Speed in Chandler. First time that one has seen a tow truck in the five years I’ve owned it!
On Friday, I telecommuted and supervised Chris while he did some ILX maintenance for me, including replacement of rear brake pads, the engine air filter, and the serpentine belt.
I introduced him to my favorite Mexican place, “Lose Dos Molinos,” on Camelback Road later that evening to compensate him in part for his labor efforts. A couple of other special guests made their debut at my home including Mark McCourt and Jeff Koch from Hemmings, then Jonathan Klinger from Hagerty. Talk about friends in high places. I was honored to have such automotive elites checking out my home and garage. I thank them for helping keep the car collecting community alive.
Speaking of car collecting, you’ll soon read more about my trip to the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction which was our source of entertainment all day Saturday. Watch for an upcoming post on that.
Which brings us to the final chapter of Chris’ visit, in which we took a 250-ish mile round trip to Tucson & back in the Legend coupe to tour the Pima Air & Space Museum, a collection of hundreds of retired aircraft. My favorite was getting to see the Douglas VC-118A that served as Air Force One for Presidents Kennedy & Johnson during the early 1960s (pictured below). On the way back, I introduced Chris to In-N-Out Burger, a favorite fast food chain in this region. He said the shake wasn’t half bad.
That puts a wrap on what you’ve missed during the last couple of weeks. Now, make the most of the few minutes of the weekend that remain! I know I will! Until next time.
Interior of Scott’s 1977 Civic.
Some literature my friend Richard sent me. Love this old stuff!
Scott gave me a huge “A” for my garage. It used to adorn an auto show display booth.
Also had a visit from my friend Ryan and 3 of his 4 kiddos. The guest book is filling up nicely!
Not to mention this crowd of troublemakers I hosted for pasta dinner the night before the half-marathon.
Another shot from the Future Classics Car Show
Grabbing a bite with Sam and Kyle
Headed to pick up Chris from the airport and my friend Lance happened to be right behind me! He snapped this shot!
Chris’ arrival. He’s come out at least 3 times now from Baltimore to visit.
Shots Chris took with the Legend sedan on the Red Rock Scenic Byway in Sedona, Arizona.
Mark from Hemmings gave me these awesome VHS promotional tapes from the 1990s! I can’t wait to put them to use!
This postcard was inside one of them. “The question isn’t whether to lease an Acura, but rather which Acura to lease. We understand what a difficult decision it is, and we recommend you seek professional help. From your professionally helpful Acura dealer.” Love that! I’ll take one of each!
Visit from Hagerty’s main man in Traverse City, Jonathan Klinger.
Hitting up a mecca for airplane geeks
The SR-71 Blackbird, this example from 1964, maxes out at over 2,100 miles per hour and flies at 85,000 feet. This is a serious aircraft.
Double-double, animal style! If you know what that is, you’ve been to In-N-Out Burger.