Somehow it always sneaks up on you, if you live in the Chicago area. Things go slack after the excitement (or stress, or both) of the holidays, it snows, it sleets, routine closes in … and then you look up, and it’s time for the Auto Show. It’s not exactly a soft-stepping harbinger of spring, but it’s still a lot of fun. Learn more about the Chicago Auto Show here, and consider looking in if you’re close enough to the city.
This will be this blog’s first Auto Show, and starting next Monday you can expect a full week of posts featuring pictures from the show floor, as pretty as I can make them, and more than a few sarcastic comments. Even if you’re not a car buff, stick around: I’ll also be critiquing the show, reviewing the coffee, churros and other show floor snacks, and sharing the best of this year’s weird booth designs and equally weird color names. Will I get any offers to test drive expensive luxury cars? Will I make any of the manufacturer’s representatives really mad? Will I lock myself in a truck and have to be rescued? All of these things have happened before.
(By request, one of these stories is told in full in the comments below.)
To celebrate the approach of the Auto Show, here’s a great link from one of my favorite car blogs, Gawker’s always entertaining Jalopnik (jalopnik.com). If you ever wanted a good, tight, coherent explanation of the correct terminology to use when talking about a car’s window pillars, just read this. Now, when you are talking about a car that has two different models, one a notchback sedan and another a hatchback, and you want to describe how the front ends are the same, you can say they’re identical from the B pillar forward, and sound like a real pro.