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The Road to SEMA 2015

[dropcap style=”style1″]H[/dropcap]aving missed out on working SEMA the last two years for Car Street Journal, I am super excited and overly grateful for my opportunity to finally head out to the show. I was so determined to make it this year that I spent a ton of money and way too many man hours preparing my 13 year old Subaru WRX for the trip. Since it’s the first time I have ever driven it out of state, I wanted to make sure it would be running in top notch condition.

Fellow CSJ Media Team Member Matt Fink and myself decided to head out to Las Vegas 3 days early and get in some rest and relaxation prior to SEMA.

finkharrisrallyWe packed our suitcases in the trunk and an overwhelming amount of media gear in the back seat and headed out for our ten day adventure. For whatever reason we felt like leaving Phoenix Az late afternoon was a good choice, but we couldn’t have been more wrong. We were faced with rush hour traffic that went on for miles. When you are antsy to get on the road, being stuck in wall to wall cars not going anywhere is the worst feeling in the world. Thankfully it ended up not being entirely bad and only added about a half hour to our trip.

Once we were out of Phoenix and hitting the open road, I was finally able to see what my 2002 Subaru WRX was capable of after all the repairs and tune-ups I had done. My car did not disappoint me one bit. I was able to open up the throttle all the way to Las Vegas and made good time doing so.

Upon arriving we checked into our hotel and settled into our temporary home for the first part of our trip. We then decided that we needed to find something to do the next day. Our plans settled on driving out to El Dorado Dry lake bed and having a little fun offroading the WRX, this also proved a great time to take a few great photos.

Once we got the mini offroading adventure out of our systems we decided to hit up the Las Vegas strip. On the way to the strip we were able to catch a couple vehicles that we were almost certain would be at SEMA. This began our frenzy of listening and looking for vehicles all over town that we could take pictures of and post to our multimedia accounts. For a couple of car guys on a media team this was insanely fun and became a game of sorts, and the Las Vegas strip is the perfect spot to see rare vehicles of all sorts.

The next two days were filled with the typical Las Vegas tourist destinations, waiting for the rest of the Car Street Journal Media Team to arrive, picking up our media badges, getting to the next temporary home that we will be in for the remainder of trip, and preparing for the week covering SEMA 2015.

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