Can you believe we’ve already rounded the corner of summer into the fall season? The year has certainly flown by fast, and it’s impossible to count all of the wonderful shop owners, distributors and car enthusiasts I’ve met during the many events I’ve participated in throughout the year. One thing is for sure, I have more Wanda fans than ever, and my Wanda Waterbase system is quickly becoming a favorite amongst shops in Canada and on California’s West Coast!
Following a busy summer schedule, I travelled back to Detroit to attend the famous Woodward Dream Cruise annual event on August 18. An estimated 1.35 million classic car owners and enthusiasts flocked to the event, which sits between the cities of Ferndale and Pontiac, MI. Roughly 40,000 gleaming classic cars participated in the daylong cruise up and down Woodward’s main street, while everyone else just had fun cheering them on or hanging out with friends and enjoying the beautiful weather. From dawn, until past dusk, I had a blast meeting with new and existing Wanda fans and signing autographs. Whew! What a memorable day it was celebrating the event’s 18th year, which began as fundraising event for a new soccer field in Ferndale.
I then returned to Norwalk, OH, to attend the inaugural Lingenfelter Performance Nationals, held at Summit Motorsports Park, September 21-23. The unique three-day event was an opportunity to level the playing field between professional and amateur drivers via a myriad of drag and autocross races, and included an “Outlaw ProMod Quick 8 Shootout,” and Show N’ Shine car show. I was especially proud that Wanda Refinish helped sponsor the inaugural event, and I even got to serve as the official starter for the OPTIMA® Ultimate Street Car Invitational qualifying event—it made me want to grab my helmet and compete myself! Click on my Photo Gallery to see fun Wanda events throughout the year.
Now it’s time to set my sights on the automotive industry’s biggest event of the year—SEMA 2012 in Las Vegas, NV, October 30 – November 2. I’m looking forward to meeting collision repair professionals, distributors, and enthusiasts alike. I’ll be at booth #24649 located in the Central Hall Performance & Racing area, and sharing with visitors how Wanda brand products measure “performance” in three exciting ways—simplicity, color, and value. Of course my Wanda Waterbase system will also be on display, along with two stunning Lingenfelter Performance Engineering concept cars, both painted in custom Wanda finishes!
If you’re planning to attend SEMA 2012, be one of the first 150 visitors to receive a free Wanda t-shirt (limited sizes). Just click on www.wandarefinish.us/sema2012.aspx to register now. Then show your ID at the booth to verify registration and receive your new shirt.
For more information about Wanda and Wanda Waterbase products, visit the Wanda website atwww.wandarefinish.com. And be sure to visit my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter to learn more about new events and activities I’m cooking up for 2013!
Until next time,