On Any Given Saturday
Scottsdale Pavilions Car Show, May 9th, 2015
The Pavilions is something of a staple in the Arizona car community. It has been running for the better part of 20 years, and is touted as the longest, consistently running car show. There is a certain convenience in having a weekly meet near by. If you have nothing else planned on a Saturday night, it’s great to have the option to just head to a car show. It’s always there, and there’s always some awesome cars in attendance.
I’ll admit that it’s been a while since I’ve been to the Pavilions. With other shows and events happening, I haven’t been able to make my way to Scottsdale. But it’s great knowing that I always have the option to swing by and see what’s going on in the local car community. And for this particular weekend, my car club had a reason to go, to unveil the Death Moose 240sx. Before you pass too much judgement on what looks like another ruined 240sx, just wait to hear it’s story. There will be a feature on it soon.
The Pavilions is divided into some pretty distinct sections. Old American Steel is parked with other classics. Corvette’s park in their own row. Tuners, Euros, Bikes and everything else all group in their own pockets around the show. Despite this there isn’t any animosity between car cultures. The show has a very casual atmosphere, with people from all parts of the community enjoying all the cars.
I find that some really unique cars make their way out for this event each week. This Rat Rod was something of a work of art. Cars like this are all about the little details. On the surface of things, it’s an aggressive, rusty, hot rod. But then the subtle touches start popping out. A piston for a shift knob, a license plate grafted into the roof. The horn button was the Arizona flag. With the patina it has developed over the years, and the small touches the owner has given it, the car a character that cannot be replicated.
One of my favorite cars of all time is the AE86 Corolla. The car is a drifting icon between Initial D and it’s widespread use in the sport itself. I think one of the more inspired swaps is putting the F20c into this chassis. It doesn’t upset the natural balance of the car, and it lets the little Hachi scream it’s way to nearly 9,000rpm. It’s a personal dream of mine to build a Trueno styled hatch someday. I think it’ll be hard to pass up this swap when the time comes.
Where the F20c was a unique engine choice for a popular chassis, this Caravan was unique chassis for a popular engine. I think some of the best sleepers come out of the most pedestrian cars. I’ve heard of this sort of swap before, but I’ve never seen one in person. Given the low prices that SRT4 Neon’s have reached, I won’t be surprised if more builds like this continue to crop up over the next few years.
It seems like Arizona is never in short supply of of vintage muscle. Barrett Jackson has made Scottsdale something of a muscle car haven. You can’t drive a block or two without seeing a beautiful piece of American automotive history rolling down the road. The shows always bring out the best of the best too. It’s great that the owners actually drive and enjoy their cars.
Living in Arizona also gives us access to some great off-roading, that’s not too far out of city limits. It’s reflected in the trucks and trail rigs you see driving around everyday. I find 4x4s have a pretty strong presence at the Pavilions, there’s no shortage of Jeeps and trucks that would be at home on the trails. Occasionally some more unique builds make their way over as well. But it’s an interesting reflection of the enthusiasts who live in Arizona. It’s a very diverse crowd, with practical applications for nearly every type of build out there.
Even as the sun beings to set, the cars continue to pour in. The show is constantly changing throughout the night, with people coming and going. The deeper we get into the summer months, the more people wait to come out late. It’s a great way to avoid the heat, and enjoy car culture all throughout the summer.
The show transforms at night as well. While there is a healthy blend of car cultures throughout the entire show, there is definitely a shift in focus from the early crowd to late stragglers. The vintage American cars tend thin out, and the tuners begin to take their place. This is when you can see more modern trends, and styles popping up. One of my favorites had to be the 5.0 Mustang. I’ve seen it driving around, and at plenty of shows lately. Each time I see it, there is something new done to it, it’s a constantly evolving canvas. To me, there’s something to be said for giving American muscle such a perfect stance.
Having a show like the Pavilions be near by, is something of a privilege. It’s a relatable landmark to all local enthusiasts, and if nothing else, something to do on a Saturday night. If you have a meet like this near you, don’t hesitate to go when you can. Even if you don’t stay for the entire show, it’s worth visiting, just to scratch that automotive itch we get during the week.
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