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Road to Vegas: An Epic Journey Part 4

(If you are just joining us on our journey, be sure to read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.)

With the car coming together, the biggest bombshell had yet to fall, but with only 2 weeks to the show, it was coming. 12 days before the Road Runner was to be on a trailer for Las Vegas, I got the call. Our feature vehicle sponsor for the show never filed the papers to get us a spot, and they had blown the deadline by over a month. Yeah, you read that right, we had been killing ourselves to get the car ready, overcome numerous major issues and now we find out that we don’t even have a spot for the car? “Oh hell no” I exclaimed with a number of choice expletives added for increased emphasis. This car would be at SEMA, come hell or high water. I started making phone calls and sending out emails to all of the vehicle’s sponsors.

There comes a point when you are faced with adversity when you start to question your goals. Is this a sign that I shouldn’t go? Is the car not ready or not good enough? Sometimes when you want something so bad you would do anything to get there, but you were not ready, so it didn’t work out like you planned. This was pointed out to me on several occasions, as well as people telling me that it was impossible to make it, that I couldn’t get the car done in time. I rarely back away from a challenge, but in that last week, I was close. I almost accepted that this just wasn’t going to happen, that I would have to wait until next year. But then I realized that this was not a sign for me to back off, it was a test of my mettle. The sheer absurdity of the problems we faced with this build just made me dig my heels in and push back.

A friend contacted me through Facebook and asked if he could help. I won’t name names here, to protect the people in question, but within a day of getting involved, not only did we have spot, we had a prominent location directly behind the Meguiar’s Car Crazy stage, where all passersby could see the beautiful creation known as the Road Runner. The car had a crowd around it from the time we got it positioned on Sunday until it went into the trailer Friday evening. The car was chosen as one of the top 5 Coolest Mopars of the SEMA show, which is a great honor.

It just goes to prove the saying “it isn’t always what you know, but who you know”, and apparently I know some pretty cool people. We would not have made it to the show if certain people had not stepped up and pulled some strings, all in the last 2 weeks before the show when these people have businesses to run and their own projects for SEMA to deal with. I truly appreciate all of their efforts.

Now that the show is over and the Road Runner is back in the studio, we have some more work to do, such as dyno tuning and some tweaks here and there. Overall, it was a great experience, trials and tribulations included. I can’t wait until next year. Well, maybe I can wait a few weeks….

Under the hood lies a beat of Mopar goodness, pumped up by a nasty (not so) little Prodcharger.

Under the hood lies a beat of Mopar goodness, pumped up by a nasty (not so) little Prodcharger.

At the SEMA show, the car had a crowd all day long. Enough to garner a Top 5 Coolest Mopars of SEMA placement.

At the SEMA show, the car had a crowd all day long. Enough to garner a Top 5 Coolest Mopars of SEMA placement.

Beep beep!

Beep beep!

I really love this image.

I really love this image.

We stopped on the way home to snap some pics of the Road Runner on an old railroad bed just off Route 66.

We stopped on the way home to snap some pics of the Road Runner on an old railroad bed just off Route 66.

Ahh, a Road Runner in its natural habitat.

Ahh, a Road Runner in its natural habitat.

This is what most people will see on the road..... nuthin' but taillights.

This is what most people will see on the road….. nuthin’ but taillights.

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