10 days in February

I must confess…I love cars.  Old, new, running, rusted in a field, or withering away in a barn in Kentucky, I’m drawn.  Maybe it comes from growing up in the Chicago area and attending the Chicago Auto Show so many times.  Maybe it’s the four brothers who provided a showroom of jalopies and treasures on the mile long driveway I shoveled for so many years. Maybe the favorite teacher who loved and taught cars to the willing ears of his students…and I was SO willing to listen! I’m hooked.

Frozen fingers and toes, snow, salt, wind…nothing will keep a car buff from the show right?  Grey days and frigid temps are the norm most years and we faithful drudge through it all to attend one of the most elaborate displays of automobile perfection known to man…ok, maybe not known to man, but the largest in North America.  People actually come to the Chicago Auto Show to scope out their next ride!  Those practical Midwesterners, gotta love em’.

trainapproachskyline(Photo by Jules Stayton)

Blazing a new trail this year at #CAS17 was a new form of “attendance”, Facebook Live. Sitting in your pajamas in Boca just got exciting…even the media previews were hosted.

Junkies like me were able to tune in live when possible and view archived video at our leisure on everything from women in the auto industry #WhatDrivesHerCAS, keynote addresses like Midwest Automotive Media Association’s @mamaonline, to interviews from some of our longtime favorites in @MotorWeek‘s John Davis @MWJohnDavis.

Topics ranged from #AutonomousVehicles, teen drivers @rozvaronABC7, modifications & assistance dogs @BraunAbility @ccicanine, and of course the new model reveals for so many automakers that harness the Chicago Auto Show as the beauty pageant for their creation’s debut.

Blogging about “Hot topics, new trends and everything about autos…” is the goal, tune in for my next installment of  things I enjoyed about #CAS17 and until then, stay warm, it is February even though Mother Nature may forget every once in awhile.

Fondly,

Jules

 

 

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