It was a beautiful 75 degree day here in Scottsdale so I checked out a local car show hosted by Harley-Davidson Scottsdale and had a great time. There was a wide selection of bikes and cars, and it was also the first opportunity I had to debut my new carbon fiber hood (more on this in a future post) which my body shop finished up literally hours before the show. I also happened to win first place in my class (Imports 1982 and newer), which was a nice bonus. Overall it was a great time and one of the best ways I can think of to spend a nice day – enjoying great cars & bikes with the enthusiasts that own them.
One thing that struck me was that there was a really diverse and cool set of cars and bikes there, like the Morgan 3 Wheeler pictured above (which I suppose falls somewhere between car & bike as it’s a bit of both). There was also a great showing of classic VWs, like this rally-style beetle that was on display:
Another thing I found interesting when talking to a lot of the car and bike owners at the show was how much money they had invested into their prize possessions. Many of these rare cars that had lots of time and money invested, yet they weren’t sure if their car insurance would cover the extra expenses they’ve put in their rides. I encouraged them to check out CompareTheMarket.com to compare quotes on insurance, and also to be sure to disclose modifications they’ve done to their insurance company – otherwise, their insurance company will only cover a very nominal amount of aftermarket parts (usually about $1,000-2,000) which would never cover the costs that most owners have invested in their show cars and bikes…I know this from experience after wrecking my A4. If you have a special use car (e.g. racetrack use only), such as the NHRA dragster below, you may need a different form of insurance all together, which you should discuss with your insurance provider:
My friends from GoodSpeed Performance Lab were also in attendance (and sponsors of the show) and brought a nice selection of cars they’ve tuned, like this 682 hp BMW M5 that was in European Car Magazine:
They also brought a few tuned Subaru’s that were pretty nice:
There were also some really cool classic cars, like this beautiful Ford truck:
This rat-rod was also pretty cool – I love the chopped look:
And last but not least is the bikes – while I don’t follow bikes very closely, it was easy to appreciate the attention to detail and passion the owners poured into these bikes. There was some amazing custom paint work, meticulously polished chrome pieces, and a variety of styles of bikes from sport to hog to cruiser. I won’t offer much commentary here, but here were some of my favorites:
Here are the rest of the pictures I managed to snap, but I’m definitely missing a lot of the great cars & bikes that were in attendance. It was a great show – thanks to the organizers & sponsors for putting it on!
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