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Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL.
Friday March 9th thru Sunday March 11th, 2018

The acceptance committee has confirmed the approval of my SHO to exhibit on the MAIN FLOOR, along with numerous other top quality, custom cars of all makes, models, and years.

I will be in attendance for the duration of the event.

Additional details can be found by following the link below:

https://autorama.com/attend/chicago/

Please be sure to check out all the famous celebrities scheduled to make guest appearances, as well as all the other fun activities slated for each day.

Hope to see you there!
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Received my paperwork via snail mail yesterday.

Booth #170 on the main floor.

Looks like I am required to roll-in 1 day earlier than I expected/requested.

Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as I'll presume (w/o having a map available yet to confirm) that I will be closer to the center of things, as typically, those who roll-in 1st, have better show floor placement, and the promoters then "build" all the remaining exhibitors/vendors around the outer perimeter and towards the outer rings/circles of the venue.

By the way, seems that Saturday will be "THE" day (of the 3) to attend, as all of the remaining custom cars which attend the one day show located on the 2nd floor will be on display.

That aspect of the show is known as "Tuner Galleria". The TG show is what I have traditionally attended in the past.

Details on that portion can be found here:

http://tunergalleria.com/latest-news...icago-car-show

Hope to see some of you come out and enjoy all the great custom vehicles on display, products offered by the various aftermarket vendors, as well as meeting some of the celebrities slated to attend!


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Well got a surprise phone call this morning, from a 313 area code, and a number which I did not recognize.

Customarily I don't answer such calls, but was in a mood...... boy am I glad I did.

It was a gentlemen from Ford Motor Company Corporate Marketing in Dearborn, inquiring on where I'd like my banners sent to.

Holy hell lemme tell 'ya, despite being awake early (a rarity as a I work a 12hr overnight shift) I instantly sprung up and asked the gentleman to repeat himself. Yep. I wasn't hearing things. Nor was I dreaming.

He mentioned having heard from other Corporate Execs that I was looking for the following banners, which were on display near an official Ford Motor Co. booth at last year's 2017 GIANT Ford National's (pictured).

I confirmed that he was correct. He then proceeded to inquire if my show was this weekend? To which I replied "It is". He said "Well I better hurry up get these out to you then!"..... "I'll FedEx overnight them, and you'll get a confirmation email with tracking info from one of my coworkers".

So then shortly later..... BAM! So the email arrives (pictured).

WOW! I am elated to say the least. Now mind you, this has been a near constant search for these since the 2017 National's. I really wanted to incorporate then into my overall display. It has been exhausting. Most contacts I know at FMC have retired, passed, or moved to other areas of the company and they had no idea how I should proceed.

But enough rattling of the proverbial cages appeared to have paid off.

So very thankful to all those involved and they each know who they were/are. Thank you Thank you THANK YOU!
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Sweet, glad that came together for you!

It's SHO time!


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So, package arrived today.

But I noticed yesterday, when the tracking # went "live" that it was only 4lbs. Hmmm I thought to myself. Seems light.

Well, I opened it up, and inside were a few of these Ford Performance flags.....

Pretty cool for sure, but obviously not what I originally requested. Can't (& won't) complain, that's for sure.

So now I am left trying to figure out how to display these things. Since I am out of time, as roll-in for me is tomorrow morning, I'm thinking I may just end up laying these on the floor. At least for this event.

So while trying to figure out the above, I received a follow-up phone call from Mr. Goodwin. Super cool person. We chatted for a bit and I was able to tactfully finagle into the convo the original items I was looking for.

He said he was going to do his best to locate a pair, or at least source where I can get them from. So all in due time.

Patience and perseverance prevails.

In the interim, these flags are pretty F'n cool!
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Couple of decals were sent my way to.....

For all those that dislike decals, I'll make up for each/all of you.

These must be worth what? 5hp total (2.5 p/side)....?

Lulz.
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A few (pre-show) pics to enjoy......
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Sweeet!

It's SHO time!


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World of Wheels - Chicago 2018 was OUTSTANDING!!!

Well over 600 vehicles attended & competed in various classes.

I was placed within the "Conservative Hardtop" class.

Conservative one would ask. Right? Ha. That one left me puzzled to, until I began glancing around at all the other truly, truly outstanding vehicles positioned all around the show floor.

These fellow owners certainly brought their 'A' game and it was/is amazing to try and conceive the tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in most of these high class vehicles.

Made me humble knowing despite how much I enjoy my SHO, and how much time, talent, and treasure I've poured into mine, that I am still just an amateur in comparison.

That said, I am still very grateful at having been allowed to exhibit. I met so many wonderful car enthusiasts and spectators alike from all walks, all ages, and all ethnicities. It's nice knowing we all share a commonality in our love for motor vehicles.

What a great experience!

I had to laugh because some of competitors commented at the awards ceremony on how they grew tired of hearing people talk about my SHO. More importantly while those very same spectators were checking out their cars! LOL.

So yes, I am happy. Happy for a multitude of reasons. I was graciously bestowed a FIRST PLACE plaque for the aforementioned class. Wow! First time exhibiting and I received that level of recognition.

Completely and pleasantly surprised.

Elated I was able to inform so many people about the SHO platform as well as representing the SHO family at such a ginormous event.

Here's a few pics......
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Congrats on the 1st place finish, outstanding! Sounds like a hell of an event!

It's SHO time!


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