12/05/2005 VIP DELIVERY
This article is from our archives and has not been updated and integrated with our "new" site yet... Even so, it's still awesome - so keep reading!
Published on Sun, Dec 4, 2005
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
By JOHN GRAFMAN
Anaheim normally associated with Disneyland now plays host to the VIP Auto Fashion event. This eight-hour event takes off where HIN leaves off. The cars here showcase the best of the best in high-end automobiles. All the most well recognized names are here from, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lotus, Mercedes (SLR), Porsche, Rolls, and even a few Fords make the cut!
Some relatively newcomers to the jet set are on hand from Spyker and Saleen. Displayed are a number of modified cars by the likes of Audi, Mini, and Lexus.
Rounding the display out are a few custom show cars sponsored by the OEMs. 5 Axis Models has two of their now famous Scion cars. One highlights Pioneer audio products, which are bursting at the seam of the car, including an extending dj booth from the rear of the Scion xB. Their current project is a rolling entertainment center with a projection screen for playing video games right in front of the passengers, via a screen mounted on the bottom side of the hood (when it's propped open). The model is nothing less than an incredible drive in-movie experience that goes wherever the car goes.
On the high end is a Ford GT that's been scalped! Named the GTX1, this Ford has a number of the industry's best involved. Kip Ewing oversaw design and engineering, Hau Thai-Tang is the SVT and Advanced Creation Director, while Camillo Pardo was responsible as Lead Designer of the GT. Mark Gerisch's team at Genaddi Design Group did an admirable build job in a rather abbreviated time frame. Further assistance was provided by a number of other companies including, Quality Metalcraft - Final engineering of production roof panels, 6061 - Alloy Corporation 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels, RMD - Roof latching system, Multimatic - CarbonFiber trunk, and Manitowoc Composites - Final creation of the composite clamshell cassette.
In addition is a number of well respected companies that stepped up to the plate offering refined products such as Pirelli - P-Zero Rosso tires, Brembo - Alum. mono-block/two-piece rotors, Dynamic Dampers - Adjustable coil-over damper, Sony Xplod - MEX-1GP sound system, Borla - Exhaust, and finally Sparco -Carbon fiber Ford GT custom seats.
This is a perfect example of what we hope to see more of at next year's VIP Auto Fashion.