This was a day of firsts:
- 1st 100 degree day of 2011 in Phoenix
- 1st Annual PetSmart SSG Car Show
Everywhere I have worked you get to know the cooler cars that lurk in the parking lot. You recognize and quietly catalog the cars and eventually connect with the owners over time. These are the cars that only make it out of the home garage on a great weather day or on a special Friday. PetSmart SSG (Store Support Group) is no different with more than 1,000 employees filling the campus.
About 20 cars and a couple of Harley motorcycles made the trip to the 6th floor of the parking garage that afternoon. The time out of the office and ability to talk cars made for a nice distraction from the tasks of the day.
The collection of cars ranged from antique to modern and hot rods to Smart cars. Although dominated by a collection of Corvettes and Mustangs the more unique cars gathered some attention too.
You won’t find this on the advertised list of car shows in Phoenix so don’t miss your chance to check out the Photo Gallery from the PetSmart event.
The Cannonball Motorcycle Endurance Run is a 16 day (Sept 10-26, 2010) motorcycle adventure across the country on pre-1916 motorcycles. The group of 52 men and women started from Kitty Hawk, NC and will cross the country to Santa Monica, CA. They plan on a series of stops at motorcycle themed locations during the time on the road. They will be in Kingman, AZ and Laughlin, NV on September 24th for those in the Arizona area.
Yes, the youngest bike is 95 years old and that can make for some real challenges when it comes to keeping them running and performing on the long journey. Visit their website to track the progress across the country including videos, stories and lots of photos.
Last week was bike week here in Arizona. I took Saturday morning to run over and try out a few different motorcycles for fun at the demo area. I focused on the Can-Am Spyder and Harley Davidsons’ in particular. I signed up for a couple of other vendors but could seem to hit them at the right time.
The Can-Am Spyder is a three wheel fun machine. The demo runs you through a marketing blitz on the design and then a how-to on the operation. During the class they even sit you on a bike and snap a photo. Below is mine.
This is one quick ride–it just takes a little time to get use to the width and turning. If you have a chance you have to try it just for the fun of it.
I also had to take a ride on the Harley Davidson V-Rod. Harley makes a great bike and the V-Rod does not disappoint. It handles like a cross between a sport bike and a cruiser in my mind. It would be on my list of must-haves if I hit the lottery.
I also took a few minutes and walked the parking lot taking photos of bikes. It was great collection of a few thousand bikes. This one Harley stood out. It was Ferrari Red?with the appropriate Ferrari badges.
Visit to the Photo Gallery to see more photos from the day.