|Fred and some bearded gents check out the Fiat 500, my back-up vehicle.|
|This is me trying on a MINI Clubman.|
One of my earliest memories is from the parking lot of the Shop Rite in Rio Grande, NJ. I was grocery shopping with my mom, and as we walked back to our car, a Mustang drove by. A "Bonanza" fan then as now, I noticed the horse on the grill, and it became my favorite car. I must have been two or three.
|Hot stuff: the Ford Mustang|
|The indoor Toyota Hybrid test-drive track at the Philadelphia Auto Show|
The Auto Show is an entertaining afternoon if you like cars. If you don't follow them you have to go in with some sort of a scenario to guide you explorations like my what-ifs above. If your what-ifs include the wildly fantastical, make sure you hit Hall F beneath the main show where you will see mainly after-market products like finishes, glazes, lights, ginormous sub-woofers, and custom wheels. Harley-Davidson is down there, too, and Fred and I signed up to win the bike of our choice and probably more email!
|Menacing Margie on a Harley|
More tips in case you decide to go to the Philadelphia Auto Show:
- Take the train if you can. The Market East Station is adjacent and the Auto Show is easy to find from there. Parking is expensive.
- The Convention Center is sweltering hot. Don't overdress.
- Eat ahead of time (hot dogs are $5), or have your hand stamped for re-entry. We wandered over to 15th & Chestnut on the other side of City Hall for burgers and fries at Five Guys. There are TONS of places to try in Philadelphia for a quick bite, but the Gallery's Food Court and the Reading Terminal Market, also connected to the Market East Station and the Convention Center, will be quite crowded during a big event like this.
- Wear comfy shoes. Those concrete floors are brutal.
- Bring a camera. I was amazed at how many people besides me we taking thoughtful shots of the vehicles with serious cameras (rather than a just quick snap with an iPhone of their kid sitting inside). Automobile photography.