By mid-September, the heat had finally dissipated sufficiently to venture outdoors for our first “Night Out” event of the season, simultaneously celebrating the imminent end of the Monsoon and kicking off our region’s peak activity season, with a group visit to the Pavilions Car Show and Cruise In in Scottsdale.
Clearly our members had gotten sick of being hunkered down in our air-conditioned bunkers over the past few unbearably hot and humid months, as the Club fielded 26 attendees, with a bunch of member cars, both old and new, on display on the show field.
The Pavilions Car show is one event we always take out-of-towners to, as although it’s held in a shopping center parking lot, it’s still a beautiful location with gorgeous and stately palm trees surrounding the field, and beautiful sunsets over Camelback Mountain in the offing as the afternoon turns to evening.
As luck would have it, a local hybrid and electric car club was there in force, adding an unaccustomed eco-friendly vibe in contrast to the usual contingent of big-engined muscle cars. They might be tree-huggers, but clearly they still love cars.
One unusual sighting was of a first-generation Ford Mustang convertible that was finished to a high standard, sporting an unusual interior that appeared to have a dashboard assembly lifted intact from a late 90s Ford Ranger pickup, which while looking a bit aesthetically out of place in a mid-sixties car, was admittedly pretty flawlessly executed, though it did lead to some grumbling about “heresy” from the hard-line originalists in attendance.
After a few hours of showing our cars, and checking out all the others on display, our group went to nearby Barro’s Pizza for dinner, drinks and yet more car talk, hanging out and comparing notes on the vehicles we’d seen.
All and all, an auspicious start to peak season here in The Valley of the Sun!