Made it to the 2017 L.A. Autoshow with a newbie

Barely made it the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show this year.

My cousin Eric, texted me a link with a complimentary ticket to this year’s L.A. Autoshow and you know I could not refuse.  On Saturday December 9th, I drove out to hang with him for the day and head to the show if time permitted.  We met up for lunch and after talking shop and showing me around his companies office, we hopped in his car and headed back to his house.  He thought it be better to take an Uber rather than deal with driving in traffic and paying for Downtown L.A. parking for the autoshow. 

Hear is where things got interesting.  The day was going well until our drive back to his house we started hearing this loud rumbling sound next to us.  There were lots of vehicles on the freeway which is typical for Socal.  With those vehicles there is a multitude of sounds from sports cars, the rumbling of V8’s, or large trucks hauling cargo.  Th noise we heard was keeping pace with us and we began looking around and checking the mirrors.  First thought was there had to be a large truck near by.  After not seeing anything we thought maybe we had a flat tire.  I told him to pull over and i’ll check.  Sure enough the rear drivers tire was flat.  His old worn tire finally gave out.  He did not have a tool to remove the lugnuts, therefore we were stranded on the freeway shoulder a mile from the next exit.  Thank God for AAA roadside.  After a call a driver arrived 20 minutes later to help swap out the spare and get us on our way. 

After this little hurdle, we were still determined to make it to the autoshow.  We headed to his house to park his car, but not before facing another obstacle.  Driving diem the street he ran over some sort of aluminum plate which lodged itself to the under carriage of the car.  We were only a block from his street.  This day was going downhill right along with the sun light.  Spirits were crushed,  but he was able to reverse the car and dislodge the object.  We continued on to his house where we contacted an Uber to give us a lift downtown. 

As you can tell from the pics below we made it and were able to walk the event in a whirlwind record 2-hours.  It was my cousins first time there and we were both able to see tons of vehicles and enjoy ourselves despite the journey to get there. 

What an adventure!  But a true car enthusiast never gives up.  Thanks Eric for hanging in there. next year won’t be full of all of these obstacles and surprises…I hope. 

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