A few months ago Megan and I kinda got a plan together for the upcoming 2008 car show season and since neither one of us had ever been to that large indoor show in California we decided this was the perfect opportunity to do so. There was quite a few other car related events we wanted to squeeze in as well so we decided 5 days was about the right amount of time to spend and still be affordable. We both flew out of our respective cities last Wednesday morning, me from Detroit, MI and Megan from Canton, OH and planned it so we arrived within two hours of each other at the LAX airport. Yes, a few of the other airports would have been closer to Pomona BUT didnt have the time frame we were looking for. Once at the airport in CA we gathered up all our luggage and hopped a shuttle to the car rental place. Megan got a GREAT deal on a Mustang convertible and even though the weather showed there was going to be a lot of rain during the 5 days, the deal was too good NOT to still get the ragtop. Can you believe $115.00 TOTAL, including all those taxes, for a 5 days car rental?? You guys gotta check out Payless the next time you need a car. We had an itinerary that would bury most .well except for BobK, and if we suck to it wed be able to do and see everything we planned. We plugged in Anastasia, Megans new GPS, and off we went! Well a couple of minutes down the highway, in the carpool lane cuz there two of us after all, a sheriff rolls up behind us and flashes his headlights. I dont know about where you live but here when a police officer does that it means he needs to get by so Megan pulls over to the right to let him by. BIG mistake I guess. He moved over to the right too then flipped his lights on. We pulled over all the way to the shoulder. He walks up to the drivers window and asks Megan for her license and starts this lecture about not crossing the double yellow line blah, blah, blah. Megan tries to explain why she did it, what she thought he wanted us to do, etc. He wasnt hearing any of it. In the mean time, another officer rolls up behind the first and a couple of seconds later and third officer arrives. Midwest criminals I tell ya. Hoodlums from the HAMB I guess. Anyway after threating an expensive ticket he finally handed her her license back and explained how to enter the flow of traffic again. Im sorry, he was a jerk, really. I think it was all a setup. He saw a Mustang convertible (know rentals) coming from the direction of LAX just a few miles away, a couple of girls, and just wanted to show his authority. Anyway, we werent going to let it ruin our trip. Our first stop was the So Cal Speed Shop. Even though Pete Chapouris was going to be out of town the day we wanted to visit, he had made arrangements for us to get the grand tour by Eric, who was an absolute sweetheart and treated us like visiting royalty. At first I dont think he knew what to make of us but once we started asking intelligent questions I think he figured out we were car girls and not just Hard Shine groupies or something. Anyway, this cool piece of artwork greeted us as soon as we walked in the door. Eric then took us thru the warehouse area, explaining areas as we passed each section. He then took us to the back shop .where this is the first roadster we saw But it was hard not to miss this. Eric told us it was going to The Show The color on this truck was fabulous Eric took the time to show us each piece This one was SO sweet and was also being taken to The Show The guys were very busy at work in this section so we kinda stayed outta their way We then headed over to this other section and saw this And the start of the new frame for the HHR .. ..that crashed during Speed Week at Bville a couple of years ago. Eric showed us frame by frame footage of the end over end crash. The busted up frame was sitting right next to it. The whole front end was a mess. Thankfully the driver did not get hurt.