Maybe I Should Have Dressed Up For The Show A Bit


Way back in 1996, I went to the Detroit show with these two guys. Nineteen years later, we’re going in style. Well, except for me. I considered this to be a non-working show, in the sense that I wasn’t reporting in real time from the floor, and therefore I felt free to look like a total dirtbag.

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What looked good? The GT350R and the Ford GT. What looked iffy? The new NSX, which is going to cost an awful lot of money. What looked depressing? The whole GM press conference.

9 Replies to “Maybe I Should Have Dressed Up For The Show A Bit”

  1. Michael

    It’s so nice to see you dress up for the occasion. My late father tended to dress up for the Philadelphia auto show. In the past it would get you past the velvet rope. I discovered that due to height restrictions I would never own a Lotus Esprit. Three years ago it wouldn’t even get me into an Audi A8-L.

  2. Gert Frobe Body Double

    How do you feel about the 2015 Challenger Scat Pack? Would you buy one just to be able to tell your grandkids that you used to drive a Naturally Aspirated 6.4L 485hp car that looked like one your dad used to have?

    • Jack Post author

      I liked the ScatPack both off and on track but with a Challenger you can never have too much brake swept area or too much spring rate. Since the normally aspirated SRT8 has more of both, I’d spend the money.

  3. richard

    I was reading your TTAC article comparing the GM and Ford exhibits. I agree that GM is clearly putting their resources on battery tech assuming fuel costs will rise (which seems to be a reasonable bet). However, I am not sure it is completely the case that Ford is doubling down on gas guzzlers. They’re the first to go all aluminum on the trucks and I can’t help but figure that aluminum will make it down to the rest of their lineup over time. When you look at Europe, hybrids and electric cars may be catching on but with a significant lag. But broadly the European market has been ahead of the US on fuel efficiency (not because of stupid fuel economy regs but rather gas and displacement taxes) by driving smaller cars (thus lighter) and smaller engines (often turbo charged). When I look at Ford and their use of aluminum it seems to me that they are following the european blueprint but substituing a lighter metal for actually decreasing the size of the cars (not to mention a heavy utilization of smaller turbocharged engines). To me, that seems like a sensible strategy, especially when you consider that battery tech is improving only incrementally and even charging with “superchargers” takes 45 minutes. I can’t going down to the parking garage in my office ready to dash out to get my kids out of daycare before it closes only to discover I need to sit a half hour just to get the juice to weather traffic and finish the school run without needing a tow.


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