On July 10th my wife and I flew to Detroit to take delivery of #39, my Black and Red 50th birthday present (03CE). Upon arrival at AAT the team had about an hour of finish up work prior to our departure. Watching Steve and the guys install the plaques, adjust everything one more time and spend the final 20 minutes on detailing the car was a treat.
We spent the first night in Dayton where I quickly washed the car and parked under the brightest light (as close to the office) as I could find. Since we ordered the car specifically for the conversion and took a museum delivery, we stopped by the museum on the way home to show our old friends:
Everyone should drive their car home from Detroit as we did to get comfortable with the amount of attention that the car will bring. People followed us to gas stations, restaurants and even a department store once. We could not believe how many cars carry cameras. We were photographed no less than 50 times on the 2 1/2 day trip. What amounts to highway stalking became the norm. It was really a blast and we had a lot of practice answering " What is it?" I think as a group we should adopt standard answers to the most common questions.( Like, "What did you pay for that thing") Upon arrival at home I learned that if you leave the car parked in your driveway strangers will park their cars in the street and walk right up to get a closer look.
Here, just for fun, is my original 2003 Torch interior "morphing" to my AAT red/black interior: