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Roadfly Magazine
Issue Five
Feb. 24, 2003
Detroit Auto Show
Detroit Auto Show Photo Gallery
Daytona 24 Hour
Chevy Tahoe
Saab 9-5
Contest Winners
Coming Next Issue
Bentley Arnage R
Cayenne School
Daytona 500
Bose Headphones

Detroit 2003 North American International Auto Show, cont...

New Ford Mustang

Detroit Concept Car

Lexus Auto Awards

We made our way over to the Mercedes display booth, but I'll be darned if I could tell you what type of cars they had on display - the amount of people swarming the booth was beyond description. I know they had a couple of E class sedans and wagons, and perhaps a G-wagon, but the lines of people gathered around them made it difficult to confirm.

>From the Mercedes booth we made our way over to the Ford booth, which was an impressive display in its own right, never mind the incredible cars that were sitting at the display. The 427 was there, along with the new GT and the Mustang Coupe. Again, people were a problem - the spokesperson struggled to be heard as she described the 427 to the large crowd that was gathered around it. We were doing better already, as this time I was able to catch a glimpse of the display vehicle.

After fighting with the crowds around the Jaguar and Aston Martin booths we circled the wagons and tried to formulate a solution. After some discussion (including offers by a few to pull the fire alarm, thus emptying the building and allowing us to get a few pictures), we decided to call it an early day and return to the show at 9:00am the following day. Our reasoning was that no one in their right mind would be at the show an hour before it opened, and we'd be guaranteed a good chance of getting the photos we so desperately needed.

The good folks that staffed the media and credentials office allowed us to return with our media passes the following day - they were extremely accommodating, and even sympathized with our plight.

So with that, we left the show, found our hotel and enjoyed a fine seafood dinner at the world-famous Tom's Oyster Bar near Southfield.

Sunday morning arrived and our plan was to attack the show early - we went to breakfast and were on our way to the show almost a full hour before it was scheduled to open for the public, when it happened again - we hit a traffic jam about 2 miles away from the show. Care to guess where all of the cars were headed? That's right - Cobo Hall (host of the Detroit show).

We made it in to the show at 9:50am (10 minutes before opening), and it was already packed. We decided to split-up and attack the show from different sides - we'd meet in the middle, with the hope that the crowds wouldn't work the perimeters first (like we were).

Chevrolet had an incredible booth, and their concept display "lab" was amazing - it was on the second floor of the display booth, complete with a road surface simulator (outfitted with a full-sized Chevrolet 1500 pick-up truck), live dynometer (running a LS6 V8), and incredible concept vehicles. We watched the dyno runs, complete with headers that turned bright red while under severe load. It was really impressive.

The General Motors group had many new vehicles on display, including such engineering wonders like the Cadillac Sixteen (a sixteen-cylinder coupe) and the "SS," which some are calling "the next Corvette".

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