Look I know that I’ve revealed some of the special powers of the P71 to you folks, but really it has nothing to do with all the heat that is now where I am staying. I kept the speed down enough so that it would not create a vortex that would suck all the heat out of New Mexico and Arizona and dump it here in California. It is just a weird coincidence. Really it is.
Nevertheless, it is setting records around here and it looks like it has chased Chip Foose out of town as well. I drove down to his shop and was hoping to get in on the daily one-hour tour of the new expanded place.
I had the good fortune to actually meet Chip a couple of years ago when he was the celebrity at Autoweek’s Fantasy Camp that year. What a nice guy. Other than hogging all the good cars that were there…. No, really, nothing could be farther from the truth. Chip showed himself to be a most genuine and family-oriented person. The show Overhaulin demands a great deal of him (and the amazing crew of workers!). The days are long and demanding for everyone involved and I truly hope his family understands.
So there I was at the gates to his place of business. A car was sitting outside of the paint booth waiting for someone to shove it in. Everyone was inside. The P71 must have intimidated the staff that was left.
A project car sat on a lift outside. It was a wing tank that could be destined to become another Foose classic.
But there would be no tours today.
It’s the hottest July on record here (so far). I probably would have better luck if it wasn’t a holiday week. But that is not what this road trip is about. It is about keeping on the road.