Today I finally made it by the Javits center to check out the 2008 New York International Auto Show. I’ve been to many a international convention, but never to an auto show. I was thoroughly impressed. My Uncle said that usually there isn’t anything that “new” being showcased, but since I’d never been before it was all new to me.
The show runs for about a week, and we’ve had a Next New Networks film crew since Tuesday of last week. We have a few car-based shows like Fast Lane Daily, and VOD Cars. I almost made it in as press, but since you have to submit requests for passes way in advance alas, twas not to be and I had to fork up the 14 bucks. If you haven’t tuned in to the blog before, I only started working at Next New Networks a few weeks, and boy have they been busy.
Here’s a breakdown of the day’s festivities:
11:00A – Cattle call. I shuffle into the convention center with everybody else and begin in trucks and SUVs. There were plenty of unusual and exotic cars (within those body styles). The turbo jet car was cool, just like the Indiana Jones motorbike/sidecar, giant tank, and the car from the new Speed Racer Movie.
12:30P – Time to hit the car museum on the north side. Not a whole lot of cars here, but they were all unique. Most of the exhibitors were also car racing teams. Street cars, formula cars, and even the Flinstone’s car.
1:15P – Upper level, busy as hell. No sweat, I’ve been to a few large conventions before. Ford took up half of the upper east hall. I guess they really want to fix slumping sales. Ford subsidiaries took up the remaining upper east hall (Jaguar, Land Rover, etc.) Notable booths included Land Rover, who’s booth had a working giant waterfall.
2:00P – Lunchtime. Nabbed some chinese buffet and took a break to edit some photos and call my cousins in Jersey.
2:30PM – One last pass to grab some booth babe pictures. Mad props to Lamborghini who had the best booth babes by far. Let’s just say I spent an inordinate amount of my remaining time at their booth.
That about covers it. Will I go back? Maybe, the convention runs till the 30th. Tonight I’m off to my cousins in Jersey for Easter Sunday and some good food. Enjoy the pics, I worked hard to get them.
Pics: At the Auto Show. Check back later for more. I’ll be releasing more photos later this week.