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Vegas, Calico, Pawn Stars, and Shelby!


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Well, the Shelby needed a new hood scoop.. and with such a daunting task, no dealership has the privilege of getting that involved with my car.. I waited three years, read countless threads about "the new scoop works," "the new scoop doesn't work," etc.. So.. my patience paid off.. I went from an original 4-bolt scoop, to the new riveted scoop.. and I must say, it looks AMAZING!!!!!

 

Before getting on to pictures, thank you Amy for responding to my email. Next up, thank you Roger for scheduling my visit and handling all of the necessary phone calls. Out at Shelby, Bud, it was great talking with you! To the gentleman who sold me my 'gas cap' emblem (the Tiffany snake emblem), thanks again! To the tour guide - GREAT tour! Well worth the trip! Last but not least, the guy who drove my car into the shop, thank you for taking such good care of my car.. and if you were the one who cleaned it, thanks!!

 

I must say that all of you should visit the Shelby facility.. what an amazing place, with incredible people! I feel that, by paying extra for this car back in '07, my investment was more than returned with my recent visit.

 

Alrighty.. this might be picture-heavy, but it covers my trip from Temecula to Vegas, with a stop at Calico, Pawn Stars, and some other random adventures.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Pretty, yes.. For three hundred miles, no. Take note of the hood scoop edges.. not so pretty, but I could have lived with it.

 

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And to think there was $1000 gas-guzzler tax on this car.. :( Note to future Vegas travelers.. be careful going over 100.. there are cops everywhere.. But we won't mention how fast we went.. Between Temecula and Vegas, EASILY ten people getting tickets..

 

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First stop, Calico! It has the atmosphere of Knott's Berry Farm (google it), but without any roller coasters..

 

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So much for Calico being a Ghost Town from the 1800s.. where the only form of transportation was a horse and buggy..

 

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Glass bottle house, built by Walter Knott. Over 5000 bottles.

 

 

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"I'm Mike Rowe... and this is my job...."

 

 

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MTV Cribs.. Old West Style.. When people were three feet tall..

 

Viva... Las Vegas.. Viva Las Vegas.. Vivaaaa..Vivaaaa.. Las Vegasssssssssssssss! (or to the tune of Elvis.. but yeah.. just use your imagination).

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Thank you Droid for leading the way. And thank you Pioneer DVD player for keeping the passenger entertained. Note to self, when using Meguiar's protectant, it takes a little more effort than Armor All..

 

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We are officially in Nevada. But the monorail is still stuck back in the 1980s.

 

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We drove three hundred miles with blue skies and no wind. We arrive at Vegas and.. gray skies, WIND!!!!, etc. CRAZYYY wind! Debris flying all over the freeway! Poor car...

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That's our hotel in the background. We were on top of the PH 10-story parking garage. Yes, it's blurry. Remember I mentioned it was windy? Well, so windy that I barely got out of the car without the door slamming into me. And so windy that I couldn't hold the camera still.

 

 

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If Austin Powers had a hallway designed with his taste in mind.. it would make you want to get on the elevator very quickly.

 

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Yes.. we went to Pawn Stars.

 

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Unfortunately, countless others had the same idea. Oh.. the power of television.

 

Side note: while waiting in line, a black (08) bullitt drove by, as well as an 05-up roush. So.. to add to this rare Mustang madness, I decided to make my car just as important as the other two.. Let's just say I made a nice little exit (no burnouts.. come on, I'm not an idiot).

 

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It is veryyyy deceptive.. on TV, it looks much larger inside.. we saw the old man.. that is all. (if facial expressions could talk, he would have been saying: "*&^#@ all these people.. (*&^#$ all this attention... " Which is what he did.. as he made his way to the back.

 

 

 

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With a chopper like this, there is no need to clean bugs off when you get home.. it simply devours them along the way.

 

 

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We went bowling in an old Airstream trailer.. Note to self: black socks next time.

 

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Back at the border.

 

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I know.. it's a handicap spot. But ALL of the others spots were full because someone was getting married in front of the sign (only in Vegas, right?). I was in the spot for twenty seconds.. literally.

 

 

Enough Vegas for now. How about some Shelby's?

 

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Screw the strip. And the alcohol. And the gambling. (and as someone on another board pointed out, screw the hookers). THIS is why we came to Vegas!!!

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HA! My sharpie is commercial grade! Note to future Shelby visitors: bring your own sharpie, and some stilts. Or just be taller than me.. which is VERY easy.

 

 

 

I could not take pictures inside the factory. It was amazing! Shelby's, Super Snakes, Shelby F-150s, etc. Regardless, that is simply more reasoning for you to visit.

 

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Remember the earlier hood scoop picture? Much better!

 

Say hi to Bud's car in the background!!!

 

I was telling a few guys in the factory that my car WAS 'cleaner' before the fender-bender.. which caused scratches at the body shop...

Here is proof (Summer '09).

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There's Roger's car!

 

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Yes.. I did say to bring stilts. Honestly though, a scissor lift would be appropriate.

 

 

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ATTN SAI: I took a bunch of pictures before this one where cars were parked in the spots closest to the museum (and we're talking generic cars..).. As a result, I had to wait until they left to get this amazing shot. Yes, I'm bitching... but this is such an awesome shot... so much so that the parking spots in the background should be for Shelbys only. (Legoland has parking for Volvos only - the whole Swedish thing..) Just a thought.

 

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I remember reading that magazine before the SGTs came out.. ironically, I wasn't reading it with the intention of buying one.. just reading about them..

 

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The Shelby gift shop. I got away with spending less than $100. Well.. gee.. I got away with only gambling $4 in Vegas.. so yeah.. I'm just cheap I guess.

 

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There she is.. the SGT's offspring? Very nice, to say the least!

 

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can you say priceless? how about history? Or how about.. AMAZING! You must visit Shelby to witness everything..

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The first Cobra deserves a better picture than that. Here ya go!

 

Let's go back to Vegas, shall we?

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My car on TV. (ok.. the security cam at the Stratosphere).

 

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Going to Shelby is free. And it's legendary. You're going to charge me that much to go in a concrete tower? To look down upon casinos? PASS!

 

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Yes, beyond that beautiful new hood scoop is Vegas during the day. A buzz kill, to say the least.

 

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Cop: "How much to come back to my place?"

 

**In all honesty, I respect law enforcement officials. But this is Vegas.. where nothing is serious.

 

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Yes.. Vegas.. I'm surprised treehuggers haven't caught on to all of the paper being wasted by advertisements for call girls.. such a shame seeing those trees go to waste.

 

(I'm not a treehugger..)

 

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Riding the automated sidewalk, visions of Wall-E flashed in my head.. is this how far we've come as humans? We have sidewalks that move us about? Sad..

 

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And this is where we stayed.. Note to Shelby owners staying in Vegas. DO NOT STAY HERE!!! The ten-story parking garage is behind the mall - literally a half mile away from the hotel. NOT a good night of sleep worrying about the car.

 

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"Is this place beeper friendly?"

 

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Did I say Vegas? I'm sorry.. I meant Europe. We had the Shelby shipped over by ship.

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It's like "Honey I Shrunk the Kids," but without the giant Lego.

 

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Vegas is all about the European theming..

 

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And promoting safe.. Ah nevermind. It's a trojan horse, not a trojan man.

 

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Random Vegas mall.. for millionaires.

 

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Oh did I say millions? Yes.. a couple.. for this lighting treatment.

 

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Yes.. Vegas. so much for bringing the family along.. (no, I don't have a family.. just my opinion)..

 

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You guys can caption this one. I think it would be fitting near the elevators on our floor.

 

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I don't even know what to think. Kind of like White House meets third world country? Or in a figurative sense, is our White House now a 'market' for people to get free health care, college tuitions, housing allowances, etc..? Okay.. let's avoid political tangents. Especially since the Mayor of Vegas told Obama to stop telling people to not go to his town..

 

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The aforementioned mall that separated me from my car..

 

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Planet Hollywood casino..

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Great pictures, thanks for sharing them!

We are planning a trip to southern Nevada later this month. In the Shelby. Is Shelby World Headquarters hard to find? I think stopping there is worth going into Vegas for.

Also, anyplace else you can recommend?

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I would like to know how much they charged you to do the hood scoop there? Or if they just did it under warranty somehow? I only have 2 more months to decide if i want to try the warranty on mine, and it's not "horrible", so i could see incorporating a scoop fix stop in a mega roadtrip a couple years down the line instead....

 

LOVE Vegas too, great pics!

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Great pictures, thanks for sharing them!

We are planning a trip to southern Nevada later this month. In the Shelby. Is Shelby World Headquarters hard to find? I think stopping there is worth going into Vegas for.

Also, anyplace else you can recommend?

 

 

It's not difficult at all finding Shelby. Just get on the 15 as if you are leaving Vegas.. and go north (right? or 'east'?).. It's about 7-10 miles from the strip.. and it's the exit for the Vegas speedway.

 

Any other recommendations? Be very careful about where you stay in terms of their parking situation. If I had to go again, I would think twice about staying in a hotel on the strip... unless I know that the parking is RIGHT next to the hotel.

 

Use Hotels.com to book your room. Google discount codes to save a few bucks.

 

As far as dining and/or inexpensive drinks... Yeah.. We didn't have much luck with that.

 

Oh and tours are 10:30 M-F at Shelby.. that's it.

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I would like to know how much they charged you to do the hood scoop there? Or if they just did it under warranty somehow? I only have 2 more months to decide if i want to try the warranty on mine, and it's not "horrible", so i could see incorporating a scoop fix stop in a mega roadtrip a couple years down the line instead....

 

LOVE Vegas too, great pics!

 

 

Gratis!!! Free!

 

I simply emailed SAI for a recommended dealership.. especially knowing that the hood has to come off.

 

It's definitely worth the trip..

 

The only downside is that I no longer have my 'original' scoop.. so down the road, I cannot say... "yeah.. it's ugly.. but it's original.. and it came that way.."

 

Oh well..

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We'd thought of going to the pawn shop next time we went to Vegas. I guess I never thought there'd be a line.

 

I know lots of guys that bought their construction tools at pawn shops - things like air nailers and compressors...

 

 

I NEVER thought there would be a line... The parking lot they show on TV for all of the 'oversized' transactions was FULL!

 

If you had something to sell/pawn, you got in first.. so bring some random piece of jewelry 'to sell' so you will get in first.

 

Pictures were allowed inside.. but not near the transaction area.

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I NEVER thought there would be a line... The parking lot they show on TV for all of the 'oversized' transactions was FULL!

 

If you had something to sell/pawn, you got in first.. so bring some random piece of jewelry 'to sell' so you will get in first.

 

Pictures were allowed inside.. but not near the transaction area.

 

 

There is a line there every single day. Its worse in the morning when they first open, but there is usually some form of a line there.

As for the law enforcement here in Vegas, be careful what you say about them. These folks are getting shot at by criminals on a weekly basis by drugged up lunatics. I'd say they were quite serious. Its not such a " cake " job.

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Did you say hello to the store's dimwit, "Chumly"? hysterical.gifHe seems like a nice guy, but he's definately NOT the sharpest tool in the shed, that's for sure!

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