Road to AAPEX Ep. 6: The End of the Road - Engine Builder Magazine

Road to AAPEX Ep. 6: The End of the Road

It all comes down to this. if the Caddy was going to make it to Vegas, if it was even possible, the automotive aftermarket would play a big role.

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? 

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