It all comes down to this – one final push to Las Vegas. Babcox Media’s Joe Keene set the stage in the first episode of Road to AAPEX, saying, “I didn’t want something easy. I wanted something that was going to be an ‘Are you going to make it?’ moment every time I get in the car.”
Much to his own chagrin, Joe delivered on those “Will he make it?” moments. The road to fixing up a 33-year-old Cadillac Brougham with more than 180,000 miles on the odometer to make the 2,500-mile drive from Akron, OH to Las Vegas for AAPEX was long and unpredictable. It was also fun and exciting as Keene, an ASE-certified technician, was able to take in the sights of America’s automotive past on historic Route 66.
As the journey rolled on, one thing became clear – if the Caddy was going to make it, if it was even possible, the automotive aftermarket would play a big role. The automotive supplier partnerships, the independent shops – the people that are the heartbeat of the aftermarket industry – were behind him every step of the way.
Now there’s just one question left to answer: Did Joe and the Caddy make it to Las Vegas for AAPEX?