NOT EVERYTHING IS WHAT YOU THINK IT IS Story and photographs by John Grafman It’s easy enough to scoff at the thought of electric race cars. It’s easy to imagine some hayseed, backwoods-type, laughing his butt off at the prospect of electric vehicles (EVs), and half-jokingly asks if these are giant-sized slot cars? All the [...]
AUTO SHOW—Did you hear the roar? With auto sales topping 16.5 million in 2014, the mood at this year’s North American International Auto Show (AKA the Detroit Auto Show) was both upbeat and optimistic. Automakers and analysts are predicting that sales will continue to climb and reach 17 million in 2015. Yes, Detroit is on a roll. Further cementing the importance of NAIAS, is the continued resiliency of the U.S. economy the demand for cars and trucks. Here’s a summary of the top world debuts at this year’s show.
It’s the largest collection of European cars in North America, housed in a 132,000 square foot facility that once housed the Sunbeam Bakery—one of the largest bakeries in the area. It’s the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to its vast collection, the Lane has an enormous amount of character. Established in 2002 by Jeff Lane, the museum sports an unforgettable collection of Czechoslovakian Tatras, and other examples of the strange and beautiful.
GALLERY—Compared to years past, the world debut offerings at this year’s LA Auto Show seemed to be a tad light. In all other respects, however, the show was bigger than ever. For the second year in a row, the press preview was three days, rather than the two days of yesteryear. The number of press conferences were a record high, as were the ride and drive opportunities. The displays were as dazzling as ever. And from the standpoint of the car-buying public, nothing else in the region comes close. Here are the scenes from the best the show offered.
AUTO SHOW—As the first major auto show of the model year in North America, the Los Angeles Auto Show is like the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries of the show circuit. The New York show has the largest attendance, Chicago has the most square footage, and Detroit the most debuts, but the LA Auto Show lays claim as the pacesetter—the show that rides the crest of the new model year wave. It’s a distinction it acquired when it moved the show from January to November. The show takes place on November 21-30, 2014, but all eyes were on the press and trade days on November 18-20th.