Lucky, fortunate, blessed…these are a few of the words people use when they are #winning at life. Whether it is a sporting event, winning the lottery, or an awards show people tend to lead their acceptance speech with one of these words. Well I didn’t win the big lottery this week, not from a lack of trying, it just wasn’t my turn. But I, well Perks Garage, had a winning weekend!
On Saturday, I had a great time hitting the Silverado Canyon fire access road for a review of the 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR 2 Off-Road pick-up truck with a few great guys that I’m happy to call friends.
That was a great experience for all of us, although I think we all might have peed our pants just a little during a few of those jumps. A full write up is in the works as soon as I can edit the hundred or so pics and video I took. Also took some video of me trailing behind Jon’s Civic Type R. I finally got to see it in action as he devoured the road chasing down a Nismo Z.
The weekend fun didn’t end there as I made arrangements to attend Car Classic 2018 Iconic Design: 70 years of ArtCenter Influence, a celebration at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena for automotive design. The event was a collection of alumni and sponsors gathering to discuss and showcase automotive designs past, present, and future. There were many cars on display, including several sought after concept cars from Tesla, Fisker, Hyundai, and the one generating a lot of buzz at the moment, Genesis.
Perks Garage was in attendance for an interview with Chief Designer for Global Advanced Design at Genesis – Sasha Selipanov.
Sasha is known for designing a few very low-key cars you may or may not have heard of: the Ferrari 612 GTO III, the Lamborghini Huracan, and the Bugatti Chiron. Nothing too special (truly I jest). Sasha is an amazingly down to earth, humble guy that represents his talents and the brand extremely well. His latest design, the Genessis Essentia, is once again garnering major automotive concept car attention. The Essentia is making it’s rounds globally and through a very coincidental work relationship with his mother-in-law, I landed here with Sasha and his latest design.
My article is being penned this week and needs to be approved before I can bring it to all of you.
The show brought out designers from some of the major manufacturers for panel discussions and one panel session was concluded by a surprise guest. The legend himself, Mr Jay Leno was on sight! He was a part of a birthday celebration for one of the designers but also showcased one of his many automobiles – a long V12 powered WW2 two-seater vehicle.
Not only was he there on stage, but being the approachable guy he is, he roamed around shaking hands and taking pics with fans. Now, I’ve met celebrities in the past, but Leno is on a whole ‘nother level for my fanboyism. I was able to meet, shake hands, and take a picture with him. Not only that, but he also took a picture with my wife, who was gushing as well. Especially after he asked, “Who’s that, your dad?” #thisguy #onceaconedian #comedianperson
Here is the video of him driving away from the event. If you watch the video you will hear Jay doing his signature double honk as he exits.
So you see, Perks Garage is making moves and I am lucky, fortunate, blessed and #winning all at once. Above all I am thankful and very humble for the opportunities granted yesterday, today and tomorrow.