We went up to Burbank this morning to pick up Lenore from Doug Scott. After making sure all the paper work was in order, we drove her out of the Holiday Inn parking structure where she has been stored since December, and filled her up with gas for the ride home.
Jean and I drove Lenore, while John followed behind in our benz. I can’t express my appreciation enough for having a friend I knew I could count on, following behind me just in case.
Well, John being John, and having access to our digital camera, he decided it would be fun to drive circles around us and take pictures as we drove our new family member home…
More pictures of Lenore can be found on our website here: http://www.waywardcelt.com/postnuke-phoenix-0.7.2.3/html/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=27
The drive home was surprisingly uneventful and damn near luxurious. The bench seat feels like a couch, and the suspension feels like you are floating on the clouds. Truly what a tank of a luxury vehicle should feel like 🙂 She handled the trip back to John’s without issue, where we were able to formally introduce her to John’s wife Mary (who had to work today, otherwise she would have come along for the ride). Now all we need to do is convince John and Mary that they need to buy the 6 door limo to complete the set. Talk about some serious party vehicles! Can you imagine road-tripping with a hearse and a limo? Damn that would be fun!
When we left J&M’s, we headed back home though the canyons to see how she does with hills and curves etc. Other than not making it over 50mph on a steeeeeep grade (Imperial/Cannon for those who know Anaheim Hills)
she did wonderfully.
Of course I said we were taking her home today, which is a bit misleading. Rather, we took possession of her and dropped her off at my local mechanic’s shop for a good used car inspection and HOPEFULLY some front end work to replace the front bumper/header area with the extra parts as seen in some of the other pics on our website. We are REALLY hoping to have her in working order enough to take her out to Estrella with us. That will be a seriously fun caravan!
So right now, she is sitting at my mechanic’s waiting for a looksee and maybe some work. I did get a raised eyebrow from him (my mechanic) but he quickly accepted it and got down to business. At the same time, 3 freshman aged boys skated by and stopped to admire Lenore. They made my day, oddly enough, as they thought she was the coolest car they’d seen in a while. To think, I could have had a car just like Lenore when I was just a bit older than they are. But nooooooooo Mom though it was a “Stupid Ideatm“.
HA!I’ll show mom now! I think I’ll tell my parents that Jean and I got an old ’84 Cadillac to restore as a project vehicle…. which is entirely true, but imagine the shock when we roll up to the house in Lenore! I can’t wait 🙂
Now it’s off to the Orange Hill restaurant for a birthday dinner in honour of my sis-in-law and dad-in-law. Should be fun, and the food should be fabulous.