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Arizona Auto Scene’s 2011 Year in Review

With 547 articles published and 198 events attended, Arizona Auto Scene reflects on our travels and event coverage during 2011

What a fantastic year Arizona Auto Scene had during 2011. We met thousands of fantastic people, drove thousands of miles, attended 198 different automotive related events and published 547 articles. We were also approved as a media outlet by just about every major automotive manufacturer on the globe.

Looking back to the beginning of 2011, Arizona Auto Scene had a great time with Southeast Valley Cruisers at the Sonic Cruise Night in Gilbert. Greg Ault and Ed Dominguez do an excellent job with this monthly cruise.

January also brought the auto auctions. We had the opportunity to be on the block at the Russo & Steele collector car auction. With hammer prices dropping over a million dollars, the experience was in such a viewer friendly venue was awesome.

February brought about some great shows, drag racing with Team Firebird and a great story on Steinegger & Eshenbaugh’s record attempts at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

March was an amazing month for automotive enthusiasts. The Good Guys Southwest Nationals was in town. Scuderia Southwest held the Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed, a show that drew in some rare and beautiful exotic vehicles. Highline Autos held their annual Appetite for Autos, a beautiful display of exotic, sports and muscle cars on the greens of Greyhawk. Heritage Series Drag Racing at Speedworld Dragstrip, Studebakers on South Mountain and other great shows topped off the month.

April was another good month for shows and events. ASA road racing with Pro AutoSports and the ASA Speed Trucks was exciting. The Copperstate 1000 road rally left from Tempe Diablo Stadium on a 1,000 mile trek across Arizona. The Highlands Car & Bike Show, a show in Oracle and the Cruise on Central rounded out the month.

In May we began helping Al and Catherine of the Venues Café promote their weekly Saturday Cruise-In in Cave Creek. Over time their event grew in size and took on the name “Bloody Marys & Burnouts.”

We covered drag racing action at both Speedworld Dragstrip and Firebird Raceway, road racing with Pro AutoSports at Inde Motorsports Ranch, Seats for Soldiers with the Diamondbacks, car shows in Peoria, Wilcox, Tucson and more. We even made it out to the Scottsdale Pavilions, a guaranteed hit no matter what time of year.

During the month of June we hit some cruise nights, made it over to Scuderia Southwest’s Saturday morning Cruise-In, made it out to the Midnight Run at Speedworld Dragstrip, took a tour of Route 66, and had the opportunity to shoot Dwayne Bublitz’s Duntov Award winning Corvette.

For as hot as it is in the summer month, July was actually a pretty busy month. Arizona Auto Scene made it out to Bloody Marys and Burnouts in Carefree, the Friday Night Drags at Firebird Raceway, the SEMA Collector Car Day car show, the Sweet Wheels Car Show in Snowflake, and several more.

During July we also featured a couple of restoration shops, Heath Elmer Restorations, Rolling Canvas Customs and John Bauler who specializes in Camaro restoration projects.

July also brought our Buick Regal Turbo “Project ONE87” into the picture.

In August we had a blast touring the Grand Canyon leg of a multi-state Corvette tour with Bloomington Gold Tours. Along with other shows, we covered the Tucson Motor Show and Hot August Nights in Tucson, Drag Racing at Firebird Raceway, and did an article on Joel Young who was going to be heading out to the Bonneville Salt Flats with his Model T powered Streamliner.

September saw a rise in activity with shows across the Valley, Route 66 Days in Flagstaff and a great Low Rider show in Superior. We also covered drag racing events at Speedworld Dragstrip and Road Racing with Pro AutoSports.

October saw the re-birth of many regular cruises that shut down for the hot summer months. We also covered shows in Kearney, Pebble Creek, Phoenix, and more. On the racing side, we covered road racing with Pro AutoSports and drag racing at Speedworld Dragstrip. With drag racers going all out, the Arizona Grudge Racing Association’s 660 Nationals were an adrenaline packed, knock down drag out race for the cash.

Arizona Deuce Days, the Rollerz Only low rider show, the Cars for Charity car show and the Cruise on Central were all a blast.

November brought about a ride to Vegas for the SEMA show at the Las Vegas Convention Center and NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway. The SEMA show was unbelievable. NASCAR couldn’t have been better. With virtually unlimited access to the track and infield, we got some awesome shots of these cars passing by within a few feet of our lens.

A huge month for the automotive enthusiast, November was also the month for the Good Guys’ show at Westworld, the Buick Nationals at Speedworld Dragstrip and the Arizona International Auto Show.

Aside from all of the huge events in November, we also covered road racing with Pro AutoSports, drag racing at Speedworld Dragstrip, as well as shows and cruises from Mesa to Buckeye.

With the Holidays nearing in December the Cruise and Show scene began winding down a bit. Arizona Auto Scene sponsored the Boys in Blue Charity Car Show. It rained on the weekend the show was scheduled for, but the show went on the following weekend, a weekend with some tough competition. Even so, the show drew in about 20 vendors and just over 100 cars. Given the circumstances we were pleasantly surprised with the turnout.

Arizona Auto Scene also covered numerous cruises and shows, as well as drag raging from both Team Firebird and Speedworld Dragstrip. We recommend checking out Supercar Saturday in Scottsdale. The first event was held this month and had a great turnout.

Arizona Auto Scene would like to thank the following people for their event submissions;

Darrel Hampton for his weekly coverage of his Sunday afternoon Fountain Hills Cruise-In.

Dirk Howard for his event submissions.

Henry Parra Jr. for his event submissions.

Tom Hartje of Hartje Photography for his event submissions.

Jay Webb of Rolling Canvas Customs for his technical article.

We would also like to thanks out sponsors / advertisers;

Barrett – Jackson Auction Company

Rolling Canvas Customs

Moroso Performance Products

Heath Elmer Restorations

Dreamscapes Tattoo

Fort Knox Artifacts

Structured Fuel 28

As you can see, 2011 was an excellent year for Arizona Auto Scene.

Already, in 2012 we are sponsoring the High Octane Main Street Meet Up in Downtown Mesa. The first event is January 7 th from 7 AM to 10 AM.

We look forward to seeing everyone we have already met and those we have yet to meet in 2012.

We wish you all a Happy New Year!!!

Take a moment to scroll down and check out some of the highlights from the year.


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Thanks for your support during 2011!

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