We are going to conduct a test. We are going to have a Pony Trail with no show. That's right-no show. But we are going to do it in what is arguably one of the biggest hot spots in the United States: Las Vegas. The trail will consist of our typical mix of Interstate and country roads and will begin and culminate in a visit to the automotive construction facilities of American icon Carroll Shelby.
Our scenery will be less green than many of us East Coasters or even West Coasters are used to. As far as the Vegas-area landscape is concerned, the description we have heard from many is "lunar." But we have grown quite fond of the landscape as well as the people. Having been there for the last six years during the months of October or November during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show at the convention center, we have grown fond of the area and the "lunar" sights. If you live close by-or even if you don't-we hope you'll crank up and attend.
The Trail* Pony Trails: November 2, 2002* Cost: Free! You buy lunch!* Registration Cost: None!* Departure Time: 9:00 a.m.; drivers meeting 8:00 a.m.* Start/End Location: Shelby American, 6755 Speedway Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89115; (702) 643-3000* Trail Boss: Jeff Ford (863) 644-0449; e-mail: Jeff_Ford@primediamags.com
Shelby AmericanLas Vegas, NevadaDirections to the start location: Take Interstate 15 to exit 53. Turn left (coming from Vegas) onto Speedway Blvd. You will see Shelby American on the right. Enter the parking lot on the right.
Route:We will depart from Shelby American and jump onto Interstate 15, heading northeast to exit 75 and State Road 40. We'll turn right onto 40 and proceed southeast to State Road 12/167. At 167 we'll turn right and blaze south following Northshore Road at Lake Mead. We'll turn right again at State Road 147 and follow it west to Nellis Blvd. At Nellis we will turn right and blaze through some cityscape to State Road 604. At State Road 604 we will turn right and head to Speedway Blvd., where we will turn left and scurry back to Shelby American and the end of our driving tour. Upon our return we will tour the facilities and then break off and head home.