Originally Posted by RunSpotRun
I don't think they are supposed to be in Iowa. We don't have areas that flat nor that dry and dusty here. Where are the verdant fields of corn? I think J.T. hijacked Daddy's relic (by that time) Corvette for a joy ride and ran afoul of the law somewhere in the Southwest. The Enterprise, therefore, wasn't built in Iowa - as some posit this shot means.
I totally agree. I don't believe this scene or the later scene where the Enterprise is being built to be in Iowa! I recall reading recently an interview where either J.J. or Bob Orci said some of the scenes in the trailer are in California... The close up to the license plate is just showing that the CAR and DRIVER are from Iowa... therefor implying to the fans that this is James T. Kirk!