The Street To AAPEX Begins Right here

You might discover a special kind of present automotive on the Automotive Aftermarket Merchandise Expo (AAPEX) this 12 months. It solely has 140 hp, with a four-speed automated transmission and clocks in at 20 ft lengthy. This automotive is just not arriving on the present on a trailer. As an alternative, it’s coming from Akron, OH, by itself energy. The automotive and its adventures over the following 9 days promise to be a rolling testimonial for the $1.6 trillion world trade that retains greater than 1.3 billion automobiles on the highway: the automotive aftermarket.

Over the previous 5 months, Babcox Media and 16 sponsors have rehabilitated a 1989 Cadillac Brougham so it may possibly make the epic 2,500-mile journey to be part of the 2022 AAPEX. The journey from the used automotive lot to the AAPEX present ground is being documented in a six-episode video sequence, beginning on Sept. 19, referred to as “The Street to AAPEX.” The finale will air on Oct. 31 simply previous to the AAPEX opening reception. All episodes will likely be obtainable on the AAPEX Weblog in addition to the Babcox Media YouTube Channel.

“This undertaking automotive is just not about quarter-mile occasions or chrome,” stated Randy Loeser, govt director of content material and video companies, Babcox Media. “The undertaking is a proof of idea to indicate how the auto care trade retains the world shifting, it doesn’t matter what they drive.”

The Caddy

When Babcox Media’s automotive video producer Joe Keene noticed the itemizing on Craig’s Checklist for a 1989 Cadillac Brougham, he knew it might be the proper automotive for the journey to Las Vegas. The Brougham had greater than 180,000 miles on the odometer. Sadly, it additionally had a leaking transmission, no A/C and the air suspension was not working.

“After a fast inspection of the automotive, it was not as dangerous as I assumed,” stated Keene. “However we needed to make it dependable, protected and in a position to deal with situations like desert driving.”

The rehabilitation course of addressed all mechanical techniques on the car. As well as, the physique was restored with new elements and paint. The whole course of will likely be proven on the primary episode of “The Street to AAPEX.”

“Many individuals suppose it might be tough to get elements for a 33-year-old automotive,” stated Keene. “Nevertheless, all of our sponsors nonetheless manufacture and inventory elements for this ageing car.”

Important Statistics

Make/Mannequin: Cadillac Brougham 

12 months: 1989

Hometown: Arlington, TX

Mileage: 180,000+ miles 

Engine: 307 LV2 Olds V8

Energy: 140 hp and 245 lb/ft

Weight: 4,500 lbs.

Size: 20 ft

Gasoline Capability: 21 Gallons

Gasoline Financial system: 15 Metropolis/22 Freeway

Tires: 225/65R17

Transmission: Remanufactured Turbo-Hydramatic 200-4R

Brakes: Entrance Vented Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

Air Conditioning: R134a Conversion

Air Luggage: None

The Route

“The Street to AAPEX” begins in Akron, OH, at Babcox Media’s headquarters. Keene will then journey to Joliet, IL, to choose up the historic Route 66. Keene will take the “Mom Street” to go to historic roadside sights, elements shops and retailers in eight states. The journey will cowl greater than 2,500 miles in 9 days.

“The Street to AAPEX is an unbelievable demonstration of the liberty and selection that our trade gives People, each single day,” stated Invoice Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Affiliation. “Each a part of our provide chain permits this freedom to go anyplace, anytime: from elements producers, to distributors, to retailers and retailers. There’s nothing extra quintessential than a highway journey throughout America, fueled by these important companies. With out the aftermarket, the affordability and comfort the motoring public depends on wouldn’t be attainable – and we’re proud to be that anchor for the patron for generations to return.”

After reaching the Grand Canyon, Keene will head North to Las Vegas and AAPEX. Following its debut at AAPEX, the Cadillac is being gifted to a U.S. Army Veteran by means of the 800 Charity Vehicles Group, with the entire undertaking actually capturing the spirit of the aftermarket from begin to end.

“The Street to AAPEX seems totally different for every member of our nice trade, from snowy mountain roads to sandy, beachside highways or the basic Route 66. Nevertheless, these journeys all have one factor in widespread – the power and energy of the aftermarket behind every car,” stated Paul McCarthy, president and CEO, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Affiliation. “AAPEX is the house for every half, software, chemical, know-how, or element wanted to soundly keep America’s 280 million automobiles. We’re pleased with our trade, and to serve the tens of millions of people that depend on the aftermarket on their very own ‘roads to…’ every single day. I’m glad AAPEX gives us with the chance to return collectively to construct the relationships we have to develop our companies.”

The Driver

Joe Keene is an automotive video producer for Babcox Media. He has labored within the auto care trade as a technician, service advisor and teacher. He’s the host for “Auto Execs on The Street,” which is now in its third season. Keene is an ASE-certified automotive technician and is the chief mechanic for the Cadillac. 

The Sponsors

Transtar Industries

Transtar Autobody Applied sciences

AP Emissions

BCA Bearings 

Blackburn OEM Wheel Options

Continental Tire


Motorcar Elements of America, Inc. (MPA)

O’Reilly Auto Elements

Wix Filters




Auto Care Affiliation


Proper to Restore   


AAPEX represents the greater than $1.6 trillion world automotive aftermarket trade. Traditionally, the occasion attracts roughly 2,500 exhibiting firms that show progressive merchandise, companies and applied sciences that preserve the world’s 1.3 billion automobiles on the highway. AAPEX additionally gives superior technical and enterprise administration coaching for professionals to keep up excellence and take their companies to the following degree. Trade patrons embrace automotive service and restore professionals, auto elements retailers, impartial warehouse distributors, program teams, service chains, automotive sellers, fleet patrons and engine builders.

AAPEX is co-owned by the Auto Care Affiliation and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Affiliation (AASA), the sunshine car aftermarket division of the Motor & Tools Producers Affiliation (MEMA). For extra info, go to or e-mail: [email protected]. On social media, observe AAPEX at #AAPEX22.

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