OC Auto Show in a snapshot and a quick snark
Love them cars and auto shows. The OC Auto Show is one of my favs as it is small enough you can see it in one afternoon and still have seen it all. The other nice thing about it is that it isn’t all concept cars so you have plenty of opps to kick tires, slam doors and sit in your favorite cars. Well, mostly you can do that. The exotics are still behind bars where you can only ogle them and lust deeply in your heart for a chance to place your rump in them and imagine the pure enjoyment of running one through the gears.
Probably the most popular showcase was the Transformer Camaro. At that little spot people are qued up 20-30 deep waiting for their turn for a quick pick in front of the group. On the sidelines were people equally deep trying to sneak in their own pic without the line. What ever if you don’t mind other people in the pic with your loved one if it works for you it works for me.
This years show had a few surprises. The debut of the new Toyota 4Runner was a packed around stage, so bad you couldn’t really get to it. Ditto the production premiere of the new Acura ZDX which was set aside in its own protective shell with a lounge to discuss purchase with the ever present sales reps.
Several manufacturers had “you drive ’em” cars available. Yes, you got to drive them, with a factory rep after you handed over your DL as proof of age and signed enough waivers. Ford had its 2011 Fiesta Prototypes you got to drive around the block. Mazda had a much bigger route around the convention center where you got to see how well a variety of their cars handled real world driving conditions. Toyota did similar only they had a test track set up with cones, obstacles and rough road simulations where you got to see how well their cars handled. Too bad the real world isn’t the same as the simulated one. Regardless all three are worth the 20 minute ques for a test drive or two, or three.
Today is the last day of the OC Auto Show over at the Anaheim Convention Center. The show runs until 7PM tonight and well worth the cost of admission in my not so humble opinion.
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