LA Auto Show is a real crowd pleaser showcasing advanced 2016 tech and designs

IMG_1040The LA Auto Show, which recently ended, drew record crowds and show-stopping new hybrids and 2016 models of America’s favorite cars and trucks. The new Jeep Wrangler has a rough and tough look with eye-popping features galore. The show includes never seen before 2016 models and concept cars, and there are classics from the 1970’s and 1930’s.

One exciting feature of the LA Auto show you might want to check out is getting behind the wheel and test driving nearly 100 of the latest models like this 2016 Ford GT supercharged V-8.
One exciting feature of the LA Auto show you might want to check out is getting behind the wheel and test driving nearly 100 of the latest models like this 2016 Ford GT supercharged V-8.
On display were classic cars like this 1970 Camaro, old favorites to concepts cars with the so many interesting designs.

The 12-day Auto show takes a few hours if you visit each display, which has brand new models in BMW, Mercedes to really classic cars like the 1970 Camaro. Chrysler brought back the design from the 1950’s with a Chrysler 300c Platinum, said spokesperson Chelsea Watts. “This is the top of the line luxury sedan, with heated, ventilated leather seats inside. There’s also genuine wood inlays and other luxury features. It still has the iconic body design of the 300 and it even has more rounded edges in the front. It has incredible power under the hood, a 3.5 liter, and a V-8 engine that gets 25 MPG on the highway with new powerful transmissions,” said Watts.

Some attendees like Jim Schwartz, Playa Vista, CA came to see the new SUV’s, which he’s shopping for right now. “I’ve really been focused on the new Chevy Colorado because I own a 2013 model, and the dealer sent me a really good deal,” said Schwartz. “I checked out the High Sierra, and I really wasn’t impressed, because it looks like an old retro truck with a lot of wood paneling in it. I also looked at the Malibu, where they changed the back end, changing the whole look of the car, which I thought was pretty cool.”

Swartz also noted that many of the new cars and trucks are so uniquely designed, and he believes that all dealers are targeting the younger people. “I noticed that Chevrolet is actually thinking about restoring the 70’ Camaro,” said Schwartz. “I don’t believe that Chevy or Ford is targeting our age bracket anymore. Everywhere I drive you see the Mustangs and Camaro’s with designs and features of the 1970’s and there’s a lot of young people driving them.”

One exciting feature of the LA Auto show you might want to check out is getting behind the wheel and test drive one of the nearly 100 of the latest models. Registration for all of this year’s test drives will take place onsite during the LA Auto Show (slots are available at a first-come, first-serve basis). Note: registration at each test drive kiosk/desk will close 30-60 minutes prior to the hours posted. Requirements to participate:

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You will have to present your 2015 LA Auto Show ticket stub prior to signing up; drivers must meet age requirements for each manufacturer and have a valid driver’s license. Passengers are allowed and must be at least eight years of age; drivers and passengers must sign a waiver of liability and may be asked to provide follow-up information; you may be asked to pass a breathalyzer test in order to participate.IMG_1048

LA Auto offers these tips: Saturdays and Sundays tend to have the most participating vehicles. Rather than wait until later in the day, they recommend signing up to test drive your favorite vehicles upon your arrival to the show. Ride and drive models will be posted online before the show are subject to change without notice at the discretion of each participating brand.IMG_1147

Some of concept cars on display through Sunday (Saturday, Nov. 28: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm) (Sunday, Nov. 29: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm) include: Aston Martin DB10, Scion Concept, Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept, Volvo Concept 26 and Volkswagen Golf GTE to name a few. One drawback if you wanted to sit in the driver’s seat, you have get in line, which has scores of children of all ages sitting in the front seat for quite a while with the parents in just about all of the show cars. IMG_1137The parking is expensive at $20.00, so you might want to grab a parking spot a few blocks away for $10.00, if you don’t mind walking. A better way would be to take the Metro Red Line, and get off at stops nearby for $8.00 a roundtrip pass. The food and drinks are pricey, but if you walk north of the LA Convention Center, around the downtown area, you can find some great, inexpensive places to dine out.IMG_1143

Tickets are a little steep, too, but you spend all day at the auto show and it’s a Disneyland of car shows. Tickets costs for General Admission Saturday – Sunday admission Ages 13 and up: $15; child admission ages 6-12: $5 (children 5 and under are free when accompanied by an adult) while seniors ages 65 and up: $10. For more about the LA Auto Show visit: http://http://laautoshow.com/.

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Hot cars and hot weather go together

This story first appear on Examiner.com

Thousands of auto show fans, car collectors and enthusiasts beat the triple digit heat over the weekend (9-20-15) to get a close-up shot of their favorite Ford make and model cars at the 4th Annual Galpin Car Show hosted by Galpin Ford, Van Nuys, CA. There were just about every make and model of Ford cars from roadsters, antique sedans to the new and modified Ford Mustangs.

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Auto show offered old and new ford models and movie cars.

“You have to remember that other than the Chevy Corvette, the Mustang was America’s first muscle car,” said car enthusiast Salem Cain, who had his candy apple red, 2015 S-550 Mustang on display at the event. It was a ‘performance package’ of which he turned into a “track package.” It has board racing suspension, Brembo brakes, and other advanced features.

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A Mustang dedicated to the life of Paul Walker was on display along with Car Enthusiast Salem Cain.

“The first American Muscle car didn’t come out until 1967, and then after that you had the Roadrunner, the Challenger, the Charger and all of that.” And Cain boasts about his knowledge of all the different varieties and styles of Mustangs. “My favorite is now sitting in my garage at home, a 1966 GT-350-H, which is a Shelby Mustang, which is original and a classic, and my other favorite is the 1967 GT-500, the Shelby Eleanor,” he said.

When asked why auto shows draw such large crowds, Cain said, “Everyone likes auto shows, the customization of someone else’s car.”  1934 Ford Sedan owner, Michael Fonterra said he comes every year because of the comradery and he likes to connect with other car enthusiasts.

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Old and new ford models were on display at car show.

“You know a simple car like this is amazing to look at, the technology of that time and is an amazing car to drive, but I could use an air conditioner today,” he said.

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The auto show allowed car collectors like these two gents, Harold Thomas and Paul Monet of a 1939 and 1934 Ford Sedan.

Car collector Harold Thomas, who brought his 1939 Ford sedan he has owned since 1959, also enjoys networking with auto enthusiasts. “It’s the value you get from creating a museum piece,” he said. And Paul Monet said what attracts him to these cars shows, “It’s the styling. I would rather see more of these (1939 Fords) that all of those Mustangs. They got the power and the rides, but the style in the older models have everything,” he said.

This rare station wagon beauty had more curves and designs than most on diplay.
This rare station wagon beauty had more curves and designs than most on diplay.

The Auto Show included live music, a BBQ, 44-foot Ferris wheel, rock climbing wall, bungee jump and live music entertainment. There were hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind, unique show cars and exciting TV and movie cars.

Showroom trucks and autos from TV and movie were also on display.
Showroom trucks and autos from TV and movie were also on display.

Some of the award-winning hot rods on display included:

Pierson Brothers’ 1934 Ford Competition Coupe

Blackie Gejeian’s 1955 “Shish Kabob” Special

1929 Ford Model A Roadster “Emperor”

Chopped 1932 Ford 3-Window Hot Rod

The Grasshopper

Iron Orchid

Unique multi-million dollar vehicles:

The Shah of Persia’s 1939 Bugatti Type 57C

1967 Ford GT40 MKIII

Hours of fun for car collectors and enthusiasts inside the showroom at Galpin Ford Auto Show.
Hours of fun for car collectors and enthusiasts inside the showroom at Galpin Ford Auto Show.

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Hollywood Movie Cars:

“2 Fast 2 Furious” 2001 Honda S2000

“Back To The Future” DeLorean

“Mystery Machine” Van

“Herbie The Love Bug”

“Batmobile”

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Galpin Ford 4th Auto Show delights auto enthusiasts. Photo by Aida Mayo.