Let The Good Times Roll
|GMC Sierra Snow Truck|
First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest car show in the nation and continues with over a century of Windy City tradition. Spanning over one million square feet of production, concept vehicles and exhibit space, we shall take a look at some of my top choices for 2018. "It's a popular show," explained Ford's Vice President, Mark LaNeeve. "This really kicks off the spring selling season," LaNeeve adds to say.
Despite the blizzard of fear, it will be hard travels for many auto enthusiasts this year as thousands of flights were canceled at both O'Hare and Midway due to inclement weather. Normally the Chicago Auto Show is packed with press geeks and car dealers from around the world. But with the heavy snow, many could not make it to the 2018 Auto Show. Under those circumstances, the McCormick Place has a number of CTA trains and buses along with weekend-shuttles located near Millennium Park.
|1973 Bel Air Police Crusier.|
Very soon, I was warm and very comfortable inside this massive showroom floor examining the Klairmont Kollections, a Super Car Gallery and some vintage police cruisers. The Star Wars exhibit was pretty damn weak and not everyone will be happy paying $13.00 seeing the same old cars year after year. By nature, I am a rabid fanatic of both speed,danger, and future concept vehicles. But those were the good old days. Things are different now and looking at an X-Wing Honda is not my idea of a good time. No Sir. Someone is being very cheap or extremely lazy and not giving the public what they really want.
Aside from that, I was all jazzed-up seeing the Bat Mobile from Larry Klairmont's private collection. With over 300 cars and award winning vehicles from the early 1900's to the present, Larry has something for just about anyone who loves cars. For those who love crime fighting, Greg Reynolds displayed his 1973 Chevrolet Bel Air police crusier. Fully loaded with 15 inch wheels, a heavy duty transmission and a BO7 cop chassis, could out preform a felon and split their melon during capture.
On the other hand, I enjoy being an outlaw and would love being in a high speed chase driving a Phantom Drophead Rolls-Royce down Interstate 55 at a reckless acceleration. Topping out at 155 MPH and no toll ways, this 453 horsepower engine is perfect for eluding the Chicago Gestapo. And with this $492,00 price tag, only an outlaw that reeks with fraud could afford such a luxury. My karma is too clean to own this Super Car and for now, I'll stay green and ride my bike.
That's about all I have for this report my friends. Being an outlaw journalist and staying out of jail will not be easy this year. But rest assure, let the good times roll.
|Bat Man & The Evil Genius|
Photos by: Gina Pfeiffer