As a fellow gear head myself I know what is to spend hours of preparation before the day of a big event. Last minute cleaning and getting your ride ready is a most. For some it’s preparing to make that long drive that is hours away with fellow friends and family, (ROAD TRIP!!) Pumped up on adrenaline nothing feels better than cruising with your buddies as you make your way down the interstate.
Well sometimes not everything can go as planned and our photographer Brandon along with a few buddies encountered a few speed bumps along the way and since we here like to share stories, why not share one that is of true dedication and being loyal to the hubby we all love.
Words by Brandon Davis
I’m going to start this off by saying, “Shit happens”! Our Friday was supposed to be a smooth, fun-filled 10-hour cruise to Dallas from Mobile, turned into an exhausting 17-hour adventure.
Corey made the long drive down from North Carolina to Mobile, Alabama safely with no issues. Overnight, one of his BBS wheels decided to start leaking air from the faces. Even though this was a huge problem, it did give us more time to finish Julio’s airbag suspension for his BMW Z4. However, he had to make a fast trip to New Orleans to pick up his brand new VIP Modular wheels. Even then, we had no idea if the wheels were even going to fit. Well, fortunately for us, hard work and dedication paid off. Corey’s wheels were holding air like never before, Julio’s wheels fit great and everything was looking perfect for the drive Saturday morning…or so we thought.
Lottie, Louisiana. Halfway there and disaster strikes. This place is in middle of nowhere and have nothing but terrible roads. Julio had a blow out and the bolt to the camber arm decided to wiggle itself loose and fell out on the highway. Luckily it was not a puncture and the cause of the flat was due to a valve stem being sucked into the tire. However, the tire was no longer on the bead. This is where Corey’s brilliant mind kicks in. He jacks up his car and uses his brake rotor to simulate a tire machine as he lowered the car down onto the delicate VIP Modular wheel. I can’t say that I would have ever thought of doing that. Luckily for us there was a gas station down the road and they had a supply of valve stems in stock and also knew a guy another mile down the road with his own home mechanic shop that supplied us with a bolt to continue our trip to Dallas.
After getting the tire issues sorted out and tightening up all bolts, we were finally on our way after 4.5 hours of heat blazing labor. We could have simply drove back instead of possibly running into more problems while being even further away from home. I believe this is the true definition of what being a hardcore car enthusiast really is.
ON TO THE SHOW!
Event Coverage: Brandon Davis