Saturday, April 14, 2018

New York International Auto Show Part 3

Lamborghini Miura SV

In our final post about the New York International Auto Show for 2018, we have a bunch of everything from race cars to oddball sights along the way. NMS enjoyed the show and plan to return next year for more automotive goodness in the Big Apple. Before getting to the really cool stuff, I have to show you this CAMRY banner: 

I own a Camry, and admire it for being very dependable, a perennial top seller in the US, and a big money maker for the  fine folks at Toyota. HOWEVER, their continued ad campaigns to sell the Camry as a THRILL RIDE continues to make  me laugh! A few years ago one of their TV ads talked about the fun you'd have in your Camry and showed a family riding a Camry on a roller coaster track. As I stated previously, it makes me LAUGH. 
Race prepped Mazda Miata, courtesy of the Monticello
Motor Club. If you need a place to store or drive your high speed
auto, Google Monticello Motor Club. 

The Formula E folks had this car on display, and they will be back
in Brooklyn this summer for another race weekend. This will be the
2nd year in a row in New York, and this one will be the season finale.
These all electric cars could be a vision of race cars in the future. 

You just never know who you will meet in NYC. Elvis is still a big guy, 
but he didn't say much!

The new Skip Barber racing school guys were back! We met them
at the Philly car show during Superbowl weekend, so it was nice to
see them up in NY also. 

In addition to the new cars, there was an exhibit of older cars courtesy of the
Saratoga Auto Museum. This is a 1931 Duesenberg Model J, custom Tourster

body by Derham. 

1938 Bugatti type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet by Gangloff
in the two toned foreground. The letter "C" means compresseur, or supercharger.
and a 1931 Stutz DV-32 (32 valves, straight 8 cylinders) Convertible Victoria by LeBaron 
in the background.

Detail of the Stutz rear view mirror strapped on to the spare
tire. This car was a winner winner in its category at the Pebble Beach 

Concours and top three overall in 2016.

Here's one you don't see every day, a 1967 Bizzarrini P538 Racer.
In case you are not familiar with Giotto Bizzarrini, he designed a little
thing for Enzo Ferrari called the 250 GTO Berlinetta, and a V12 engine for 
Lamborghini, among other auto accomplishments. 

This is a slightly modified Indy Car, which you can tell it's modified
by the extra passenger seat! The Honda folks run a contest for the Indy
races and a lucky winner gets to ride along on the formation lap!

And here is a real Indy Car racer, which was driven and is currently owned
by a certain Mr.Mario Andretti. This is his 1994 Lola/Cosworth, given to 
Mario by the team owners, Paul Newman and Carl Haas. This car ran at
over 850hp on a 40 gallon methanol fuel tank. 

This awesome green looks great on a Lamborghini Miura SV.
The Miura SV came along from 1971-1973, and at auction today
would likely sell for around 2. Million. Dollars. Each.  

In the Ford exhibit space we spotted this Lego racer guy. 
Not to be outdone by a Ford Lego guy, the Chevy people had this
50th Anniversary Camaro as a special Hot Wheels edition! This 

special version of the Camaro comes in any color you want, as long
as it's ORANGE. 

From looking at the Chevrolet website, it looks like
the HOT WHEELS edition is a $4995 package you can add to 
the standard Camaro. There are a lot of models of Camaro, so see your
Chevy dealer for more info.

Subaru is celebrating their 60th year, and 50 years in the USA. That makes
them only 10 years younger than Porsche, who also pointed out their 

70th anniversary in their exhibit. According to my math, that makes 
Ferrari 1 year older than Porsche. 

One of the Honda cars on display had the hood up, so we spotted this
"Earth Dreams" tag on the engine cover.This is their term for new technology

to be used in engines to result in better mileage, performance, and lower 
emissions. Mazda calls their engines SkyActive, and Ford names theirs
EcoBoost, so pick your name! 

Maybe you'd like to see another Indy Car? How a race winning one?
How about the most recent Indy 500 winning car in person?

The 2017 Indy 500 winning car!
The Honda motor uses a V6 twin-turbo, and delivers up to 750hp at 12,000 RPMs!

Front wing detail. Lots of awesome work goes into these carbon fiber
aerodynamic cars built by Dallara. 

How to win at Indy. 

We spotted a display from Rutgers University, and from talking
to one of the students, they build race cars at Rutgers! 

That is the end of the auto show, but then a block away we spotted
this huge fleet of NYPD vehicles. 

Maybe there are acres and acres of parking where you live, but in Manhattan,
they use these lifts to park more cars (and make more money) in the limited
space available. I assume the sign is not a joke, and that it would have cost
70 BUCKS to park your car there for the auto show. I rode the train, so that
only set me back about 14 dollars, plus I didn't have to pay another
11 bucks or so in tolls to drive into Manhattan. Regardless of the cost, the NMS
team will continue to update you on all kinds of car events and happenings wherever we go!

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