I’m so glad that apart from being a publicist & marketing consultant, I’m also freelance writer for a number of publications which gives me access to a number of exciting “press days” and product launches. Yesterday, I was joined by Barry Finn, publisher of THE RIDER (www.therider.com) and photographer Nicole Salo at the media meet-n-greet event for this year’s Canadian In’t Auto Show (CIAS) where we got to go one-on-one with all the big auto makers and see all the cool new cars unveiled. What a blast!
Things got kicked off at the newly partnered Fiat Chrysler display (above & below) and boy, did they deliver. Loved the big orange Challenger with hemi. All muscle and sass!
Porsche was next on our hit list. OMG, these cars are so sexy…but I was so pissed off they did not have their sales booth open and I really wanted one of these Steve McQueen t-shirts. Me and the King of Cool? You betcha!
The Mercedes store was open and ready for business so I dropped a few bucks on a shiny new key ring (I could at least afford a mini Merc on a chain…LOL). They have great merchandise including the reversible woolly snow hats and tons of models and replica cars for collectors.
Nissan unveiled a gorgeous car, looked so much like fresh sticky toffee I just wanted to lick it but thankfully Barry kindly dragged me away before I embarrassed myself ….LOL! Honda was next on our list and as I’d been tipped off that a special celebrity guest was making an appearance, we hustled our asses into the front row seats – cameras at the ready. Was so focused on betting who the celeb would be (Nicole won the bet with her brilliant guess) I forgot to takes notes on what car this was. Bad Glenda, bad reporter! Anyway…here’s the car …taa-daaah And here’s the special guest, Canada’s own Indy car racer James Hinchcliffe. Wow, he’s so cute. James was so gracious and posed for the media scrum afterwards and even brought along his 2014 Indy race car so I was in motor racing heaven!
After lunch, we all moved to the south building where the “exotics” were on display, along with a special tribute area to Cdn racing legend Ron Fellows (lower pics). I love Lamborghini, Mazerati and Lotus, and especially Rolls Royce…enjoy the random pics.
Enjoyed meeting the fully dressed reporter and cameraman from “Naked News” (1st picture above). They were an absolute delight and I watched as the young lady navigated the show, eloquently interviewing all the head honchos. Bravo, Naked News.
Spent some time hanging out with my fave car company: Jaguar (below) – must admit I prefer their old-school models which are so distinct in style. These new ones are certainly quality autos but just don’t have that sexy, sleek cat-like look. Do you agree?
Toyota introduced an awesome concept vehicle, the FV2 but am not sure if it’s a car or a bike?! But oh how sexy it was.
Here are some random shots I took as I wandered around.
And I had to stop one fabulous car fan whose cowgirl boots were so freakin’ amazing, I just had to snap a couple of pics. Told me she bought them in Scottsdale, AZ so you know where I’m heading on my next shopping trip. Yeeehaaaaa!
And now on to the BIG BOYS…working on stories for The Rider, I’ve come to realize that horse people need big heavy duty vehicles to haul horse trailers, hay and feed and all sorts of farm needs so together with Nicole (who took 5th photo below & is pictured seated in the Longhorn) here are our two favourites: first the RAM Longhorn (4 pics) and then the GMC Denali Dually
So big thanks to everyone at the CIAS 2014 [ www.autoshow.ca ] and all the manufacturers for making us feel welcome. Please check out next month’s issue of www.TheRider.com for Barry and Nicole’s stories on the trucks and the show as a whole.