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Just wasted another $10 of my hard earned retirement money. The show sucks as usual. The only thing that piqued my interest, yes, I'd buy one in an instant, is the Dodge Magnum SR/T with the 425hp motor. Not one rally car did I see. What's up organizers? Saw a trio of extremely bored SCCA types at their stand. Picked up a brochure and there, as plain as day, mentioning rally! Guy walks over and asks if he could be of assistance. I was too embarrassed to talk to him. No videos showing of cone squishers, racing, etc, but RALLY! I think SCCA has a serious identity problem. Saw lots of funny looking race cars though!
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RE: DC Auto Show

At least I got in for free on dealership employee passes.
Subaru displayed a WRC car. Looked to be the real deal and had rally coverage playing on flatscreen behind it.
Was disappointed with the manufacturer's. The coolest cars shown were the Porsche Carrera GT and Mercedes SLR, both of which are in the showroom here where I work except here I can get close enough to drool on them.
 

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>Just wasted another $10 of my hard earned retirement money.


I don't understand why people, retired or still wet behind the ears, pay to watch, wear, and listen to advertising. You paid $10 plus gas and parking and wasted your time to go to a big commercial?

Remember in the late 70's the promises of cable television was "COMMERCIAL FREE"! The mantra went on about how people paying for cable TV would not have to watch commercials.

Remember rally when sponsorship meant a company gave you money and/or parts for free? This was in exchange for carrying their stickers. Now, you guys jump up and down yelling "yippee" if there is some contingency crap.

I wear only my own logo unless someone pays me to wear theirs. If SCCA or Rally America or WRC or anyone else wants me wear their logo, then they will have to pay me.... not the other way around.

And yes boys and girls.... I remove any external labels from clothing I purchase including jeans and virtually anything else.
 

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No Jens, I'm a cheapskate! I only paid $10 to get in. We, (Nick and his brother) parked on a side street aboiut 5 mins walk away at no charge. Gas was zero as I live about 10 mins from downtown.

Yes, the Subaru was a fake, but the general public are easily taken in.

Wet behind the ears was a very long time ago. I went to see if there was anything new on the market. I don't listen to all their crap and I came home without any literature to read.

PS. Looks as though your rallying days are over then!


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Because the LA show coincides with the North American International Auto Show (Detroit), it usually gets the lesser of the attention. The OEMs typically put at least 80% of their new concepts up in Detroit...even the ones that come from their California studios.

Unfortunately, last I heard neither city was willing to move its date, so LA will likely continue to have a lackluster showing.

It sucks for design managers, show coordinators, etc. trying to cover 2 shows at once.
 

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>PS. Looks as though your rallying days are over then!

I think you missed my point. I'm not talking about wearing an SCCA etc suit patch, car sticker etc during an event. I am talking about buying hats, shirts, jackets, etc with someone else's advertising. Why pay someone to wear their advertising? They should pay you to wear their advertising.

My point relates to rally, football teams, beer, designer clothes, software, or darn near anything.

Things have changed. Not for the better. Just everyone is getting used to the crap, so they don't notice it so much.
 

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Just as an aside Jens, what do you think of the new Carrera GT? It's a work of art.


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