Road to AAPEX Ep. 6: The end of the road

Road to AAPEX Ep. 6: The end of the road

It all comes down to this. 

“I didn’t want something easy. I wanted something that was going to be an ‘Are you going to make it?’ moment every time I get in the car.”

That’s how Babcox Media’s Joe Keene set the stage in the first episode of Road to AAPEX, well before he knew what was ahead of him. And oh boy did he deliver on those “Will he make it?” moments. 

The road to fixing up a 33-year-old Cadillac Brougham with more than 180,000 miles on the odometer to make the 2,500-mile drive from Akron, Ohio, to Las Vegas for AAPEX was long and unpredictable. It was also fun and exciting as Keene, an ASE-certified technician, was able to take in the sights of America’s automotive past on Route 66. 

As the journey rolled on, one thing became clear: If the Caddy was going to make it, if it was even possible, the automotive aftermarket would make it happen. The automotive supplier partnerships, the independent shops—the people that are the heartbeat of the aftermarket industry—were behind him every step of the way.

Now there’s just one question left to answer: Did Joe and the Caddy make it to Las Vegas for AAPEX? 

For the answer, watch the episode above.

You May Also Like

Yokohama announces commercial tire size expansions

The two tire models are intended for regional duty, with one being approved for severe snow service.

Yokohama-Tire-714R--124R-commercial-vehicles

Yokohama announced a size expansion for two tire models meant for regional use: the 714R and 124R.

Yokohama tells us the 124R was designed for use during winter weather and meets the industry requirements for severe snow service. It's intended for use on buses and larger regional like trucks like day cabs, delivery trucks, and straight trucks, according to Yokohama. The 124R is also available in more sizes, from 17.5-in. to 22.5-in.

Doran 360 TPMS on display at several industry shows

Doran Manufacturing claims their Doran 360 TMPS helps avoid roadside tire replacement.

Doran-360-TPMS-at TMC-TCA-MATS
Accelera, Daimler, PACCAR pick Mississippi for battery plant

The plant will focus on batteries for medium- and heavy-duty commercial transport and create more than 2,000 jobs.

Accelera-by-Cummins-Daimler-Paccar-mississippi-battery-facility
Accuride steel wheels approved for higher PSI rating

Several models of Accuride’s steel wheels are now approved for use with higher PSI.

Accuride-steel-wheels-higher-psi-rating
Allison to supply e-axle to McNeilus Volterra ZSL electric refuse vehicle

Allison will provide e-Axles to Oshkosh for North America’s first fully integrated, zero-emission electric refuse collection vehicle.

McNeilus-Volterra-ZSL-refuse-EV

Other Posts

Rypos DPFs pass CARB compliance test

The CARB certification shows Rypos’ active diesel particulate filters go beyond normal EPA emissions standards.

Rypos-active-diesel-particulate-filter-ADPF-CARB-certification
Webb launches UltraGrip brake pads in three formulations

Webb says the Plus, Premium and Severe-Duty options were made to suit differing applications.

Webb-UltraGrip-Brake-Pad
Share your tire health management practices and you could win

Calling all managers, owner operators and presidents, Class 1 through Class 8 — take this anonymous survey for a chance to win.

tire-health-management-practices-survey
BorgWarner announces JV with Chinese HD parts supplier

BorgWarner plans to team up with Shaanxi Fast Auto Drive Group, a Chinese supplier known for transmission and drivetrain systems.

BorgWarner-battery-pack-agreement