Tampa Bay Grand Prix & Southeast Street Rod Nationals
Team Speed Culture (Bobby, Jeff and Robert) embarked on another adventure today. The day started before 7:00am with a stop in Tampa at the Tampa Bay Grand Prix karting facility for a “Karting and Coffee” gathering of car-crazed enthusiasts. Justin the newly appointed manager and his trusty staff were on hand handing out goodie bags and serving fresh coffee with pastries. The goodie bags were compliments of the DuPont Registry and consisted of current magazine issues and one free race on the go-cart track. The parking lot was filling up quickly with some pretty serious horsepower. There were rows of contemporary and vintage Corvette’s, Mustang’s, BMW’s, Audi’s, Ferrari’s, Benz’s, Toyota’s, Nissans and other fast marques. There were some Porsches scattered throughout the parking lot as well as a pair of right-hand drive Nissan Skylines. The crowd was pretty energetic and the car culture comradery was evident. We split up and mingled with the crowd introducing newbies to the Speed Culture™ App. By 8:30 Team Speed Culture headed down the road a few miles to the Florida Fairgrounds to attend the annual NSRA Southeastern Streetrod Nationals car show and swap meet. We teamed up with NSRA marketing director and friend Jim Rowlett and headed onto the show field to set up our vendor and display tent. While Bobby manned the tent, Jeff and I walked around to check out the cars and meet and greet vendors and participants to introduce the new Speed Culture™ mobile App. The turnout was pretty good – somewhere around 1000 cars showed up. There were some outstanding examples of vintage streetrods, hotrods, customs and even a few mid 70’s classics. The swap meet was pretty good this year with plenty of vendors and “parts-junkies” (like myself) with handcarts, wagons and an extra set of hands to search and carry rare treasures and finds. Early on I pretty much killed the battery on my android phone by demonstrating the Speed Culture™ App over and over, but no worries, I simply had the prospective users download the app themselves and commence using and sharing the app instantly. You know you have a great product when customer satisfaction is 100% and the reaction is pure astonishment. Late in the morning we had a few clouds creep up and drop buckets of water on us, but after about 20 minutes the sun reappeared and it got humid. Steve Hurley from Stingray Chevrolet was doing his live weekly radio broadcast on 102.5 “The Bone” and stopped by afterwards to say hi to the Nostalgic Radio and Cars and Speed Culture™ Team. The rest of the afternoon we entertained prospects by demonstrating the new Speed Culture™ App. After the show we headed to Micky D’s for a nutritious meal contemplating our next move. The decision was made to head back to the Tampa Bay Grand Prix karting facility and there we used our free race-pass. I was leading in my group until some slow-poke spun out in front of me causing me to loose first place by less than 3 seconds. Oh well, to shrug my humility, we made our weekly trek to the white building with green letters on it for some tasty round delights. Yes, “Krispy Kreme” doughnuts. A fitting end to a successful day.
Stay tuned for more excursions with Team Speed Culture.