Road to AAPEX Ep. 5: The Road Less Traveled - Engine Builder Magazine

Road to AAPEX Ep. 5: The Road Less Traveled

The Caddy won't crank again... watch to see what happens next on the Road to AAPEX!

Last episode, the 1989 Cadillac Brougham gave Babcox Media’s Joe Keene a good scare. He was nearly halfway through the 2,500-mile drive from Akron, Ohio to Las Vegas headed to the AAPEX show when the Caddy wouldn’t start. However, with some quick thinking and help from friends in the aftermarket, Joe got it started again in no time and continued down Route 66. 

But that was only the beginning.

The Caddy was cranky again. Luckily, independent aftermarket service shops and the great people that keep cars rolling, like Don White, owner of D & A Auto Care in New Mexico, were there for Joe and the car. While it was being worked on, there was plenty to see along Route 66 – the strange car-henge of Cadillac Ranch, the classic cars and checkered floor of the Route 66 Auto Museum and … Hong Kong’s C.K. Wong? If you thought Joe was crazy for driving the car across Route 66, you wouldn’t believe what Wong is doing. Watch the episode to see what happens next.

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