Posted by Joshua McRaeJanuary 29, 2008 at 4:27 pm
Day 2 …Manufacturer Shows
6:30 AM BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ…thats the sound of Stephans alarm waking our sorry asses up!
7:00 AM We all meet downstairs in the Marriots breakfast room…sausages, french toast, fruit loops, eggs, all kinds of muffins and scons hash browns basically anything you can think of for a breakfast of champions before a full 12 hours day shooting and attending press releases of some of the BEST CARS in the world!!!
8:00 AM We leave the MARRIOT direction COBO Center in downtown DETROIT!!!
8:20 AM Arrive at the COBO center, stand in line to get our press kits and passes… the main floor opens at 9:00 AM, so we hit the lower levels to check out some of the lesser manufacturer expostions, such as some Blinged out Rolls Royce Phantom rollin on 28s at the DUB section and the imfamous modded to the tits 1 000 000$ R class Mercedes….YUCK btw!…We also came across the actual SPEED RACER movie car from the upcoming feature film with Emile Hersh and Christina Ricci starring as lead roles!
9:00 AM We are in a mass line on our way onto the main floor….a security dogs a plenty there are sniffing if we have bombs and other MATERIALS of illegalities.
9:15 AM to 10:00 AM We walk around the Main floor checking out all the venues taking in the whole show for what it gloriously has to offer before we have to head over to the main stadium for the FORD press release. The show revealed the new Ford F-150 a jumble of new Mustang models including the KITT model for the new one off TV series coming out this sumer and the Ford Explorer AMERICA concept. Toby Keith was the main presenters for the new F-150…i dont really know who he is…but aparently hes a HUGE COUNTRY music star…he also aparently has 7 BRAND new F-150s on his ranch in texas…cough cough…PRODUCT placement gallore!
10:45 AM The show ends and the media swarms to the lower bowl of the of auditoium to speak with the presenters and to take close up shots of the new models and concepts presented during the show…i SLOWLY make my way down…these cars werent that cool….! its FORD! lol
11:00 AM We head out of the main auditorium back to the main floor, we go to the Lamborghini section to snap a few shots then off to Mercedes to try and sit in the new SLR Roadster, i wasnt able to at first cuz the guy guarding it was paranoid for some reason…no worries i got in it latter on in the day!
11:25 AM We all head over to the GM section for there presentation of their new models and concepts! COOL THING!!! The new HUMMER HX..think the H2 and the SUV in the HALO video game spliced together…ya its WICKED NUTS!!!!!…I skip out on the show after that..it was lame and the new Corvette ZR1 display was calling my name..also that was our meeting point once the show was over…I get there and i see that the FASTLANEDAILY.com crew is there filming a segment, i speak to them briefly then my crew shows up and we head out to find us some food!
11:45 AM At first we hit up Mazda because we assumed theyd have sushi like they did last year…alas we were wrong…so we gave BMW a try which was deffanetly the right choice!!! They served us roast beef, with stir fry shitaky mushrooms, filet of fish and a light vegetable and pasta salad along with some amazing small strawberry cream tartelettes!!!
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM ALOT of random shoting going on…we hit up BENTLEY were we learn how they apply the leather on the steering wheels by the leather smith that was at the venue…he spoke with us about how that only 19 Arnages are made every week as aposed to 190 Continental Gts which goes hand in hand with what kind of wood they use for each car… we all get turns testing out the comfort that the 2009 Bentley GT SPEED, 2008 FLying Spur and 2008 Azure all have to offer…the SPEED is deff that most BALLER!!! Heading back over to Mercedes i finally get a try at the SLR ROADSTER!!!! you guys have no idea how ridiculous this car is….deff a car of DREAMS!!! Random visit to Ferrari booth for a mini shoot with one of the models and the new 2008 F430 Scuderia was done before gettin our asses over the AUDI section for the unveiling of the 2009 R8 V12 TDI Concept as well as the new gen A4 and TT-S.
2:20 PM…The show starts and well the AUDI TEAM main photog is in our way for a many a damn shot…!!!!! We manage to deal with it and pull out some CRAZYstuff during the half hour show they put on for us…OUT of no where right before the TT-S is unveild we are treated…or rather surprised to have a free show by none other then BRIAN ADAMS!!! yes…that canuck we love to hate! lol only thing that looks good on you is me…ya HIM!!!! lol anyways…show ends and we rush the floor to get some engine shts of the V12 Concept and the other two new models…after our 15 min struggle to get through the masses we hit the AUDI VIP lounge and knock back a few on the house brews as well as indulge in some fresh cantalope slices with cream puff pies and dark chocolat tarts!
4:00 PM Alot of shooting was done on the floor..here and there we went…stops at Rolls Royce to Kia were done…the New Drop head Coupe Phantom is deff somthing to behold!!! suicide doors…YES!!!! umbrellas in the doors…YES…..500,000$ ah YES!!!!!!
5:15 PM Rolls around and we are down front and center for the Mitsubishi unveilings of the 2009 Lancer RALLI ART edition Lancer as well as the RA Concept based on the Eclipes and the EVO 10…its quite the looker!!!
5:40 PM We quickly run over to LAND ROVER area to see the unveiling of the new LRX concept…there only second concept EVER!!!…the show was quite boring after it was shown and we walked up to the VOLVO VIP lounge to have a few drinks and relax.
7:30 PM We are stretching our welcome…the show officialy finished at 6 PM but you can walk around and snap some shots becuase everyone leaves anyways…we head back over to Lamborghini becaus it wa very packed before and now we had the whole area to ourselves to snap a GREAT shot of the 3 cars on display…there was a 2008 Murcielago LP640 Coupe on the far right in a light baby blue, in the middle was a 2008 Gallardo Spyder in the same color the Reventon was in…and to the far left was a 2008 Murcielago LP640 Roadster in the same baby blue color…we were told ever so nicely to finally leave becuase a private party was about to commence. We then went to go grab some supper and then came back to the Marriot to settle back in, upload the pics and get some well deserved rest!
Part 3 TOMOROW!!!