Here’s to Luxury Cars

Whether James Bond would wear a pair of John Lobb leather driving shoes while behind the wheel of an Aston Martin Virage Volante is perhaps something known only to Ian Fleming or Sam Mendes, the director of this autumn’s latest 007 film, Skyfall. But while such a pair of shoes was hardly a requirement for the 120-mile round-trip test-drive from Manhattan to the spectacular Glenmere mansion in Chester, New York, it did make the weekend jaunt feel a bit more British in tone. Read more »


A Rolls-Royce Test Drive

The last time the British had a significant presence in Crimea, Ukraine, the occasion was immortalized by Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” which was set during a war in the 1850s that also involved France, Russia and Turkey. So when a Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe showed up on the road between Sevastopol and Yalta recently, it turned a lot of heads. Fortunately, what was once known as the Valley of Death is now peaceful farmland. The majestic Crimean Mountains on one side and the beautiful Black Sea on the other framed the entire journey. Read more »


The Top Car Shows in the U.S.

Attending car shows is a great way of learning about new technology in the automotive industry, finding new trends in auto design and environmentally conscious innovations in new cars. People thinking about purchasing a new vehicle for whatever reason will obtain useful information about new cars, financing, tax incentives and other topics that will help them pinpoint the right car for them.

Seeing new models from a variety of manufacturers on display in one place is an advantage to car shoppers. While research on cars and trucks can be done online, car shows allow people to experience the cars in person. Representatives and spokespeople for all types of automotive brands and related auto industry businesses are on site for consumers to ask questions about product specifications, fuel economy, innovations between prior and new models, special promotions and financing deals.

Usually there are workshops and booths for automotive and transportation organizations that provide relevant consumer information ranging from car care products to insurance coverage. Typical car shows debut the latest in production cars, from compact economy cars to luxury SUV’s, and also showcase the latest concept cars and unveil the newest exotic cars. Concept cars are the forerunners in automotive design and technology, and give consumers a sneak peek at the technological innovations and designs to hit the consumer market in years to come. Auto shows usually occur in the winter and early spring months, and then again in the fall each year. Some of the biggest car shows are based in Tokyo, Paris, Detroit, Beijing and Geneva.

6 Major Annual Car Shows in the US

There are many car shows each year in the US, and some of them are major industry events. There are industry trade shows and then shows that are open to the public. The larger shows have many different categories of cars, trucks, motorcycles, classic cars and much more.

Detroit Auto Show
The Detroit Auto Show is one of the largest in the US. It takes place in the middle of January each year, spread over a week, with a day for the media, a day for industry, a day for charities and then several days devoted to public showing. You can expect to see vehicle debuts. Auto personnel from companies around the world are at this show to bring you all the information you could need or want.

New York Auto Show
This show occurs at the beginning of April and provides you with sneak peeks, new concept models, new production models and much more. It is held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. There is a charity gala event and the opportunity to take private tours. There is a ride and drive area in which you can test drive new models.

Los Angeles Car Show
The auto show in LA takes place at the end of November at the Los Angeles Convention Center. At this show, you can see many concept cars, hybrids, models that use alternative fuels, project cars and aftermarket cars. You can test drive many cars, play games and even see art exhibits on cars. There are sessions in which you can meet famous drag racers and other famous names from racing. This show has world premiers as well as North American premiers of new cars.

SEMA Auto Show
The SEMA show is held each year at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is an industry show and is not open to the public. Split into 12 different sections, the show brings together more that 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries. There are product demonstrations, educational seminars, networking opportunities and more.

Atlanta International Auto Show
This show is held at the end of March in the Georgia World Congress Center. Vehicles from the major auto manufacturers are on display, as well as many future models. There are plenty of opportunities to drive cars and purchase them. You will be able to see the classic car showcase, sports celebrities and other famous figures in racing and entertainment.