Like I’m sure many of you have done over the last week, I took a trip to the 2016 Canadian International Auto Show. After having a great time there last year, I absolutely did not want to miss it this year. Anyone who knows me (or anyone who reads this blog, even) knows that I’m an automotive enthusiast, and visiting the Auto Show makes me feel like a kid again.. Except now I’m a kid trapped in a man’s body, and that makes fitting into the back seat difficult at times – which was a theme of the day.
If you want to go but haven’t yet, tomorrow is the show’s last day, so you’ll want to make sure you get there this weekend. But never fear, if you can’t make it (or already went but want to re-experience it), I’ve got some photos that I took along the way to share with you. But if you’re expecting super quality, you’ll be disappointed – all these were taken on my iPhone.
The first major automaker exhibit I visited was the Ford one… And the first photo I took was this one of the labels that were on a number of their cars:
What exactly are they protecting us from? What harm could come to us inside the car? That sticker was on the window of this Mustang Cobra GT350:
Also on display was another prototype of the Ford GT that was the talk of the show last year.
I was attending the show with my good friend Ben, who wandered around the show with me last year. I jumped into the back seat of a bunch of cars at the show, whereas Ben is in the market for a car and was more interested in sitting in the driver’s seat to see what it was all about. I DID convince him to climb into the very back row of the Ford Transit Wagon XLT… And he said it was one of the most uncomfortable seats he’d ever sat in. That’s why the kids all get crammed back there!
Ford also had a display of small charcoal BBQ’s illustrating all the different colours available on one particular model. I was more interested in the BBQ’s, because they’re pretty much the same as my little charcoal grill. How can I get one in one of these colours?!
I got all excited, thinking “Awesome, Ford is going to offer a completely retractable roof on the Fusion! Then I looked a little closer. Nope – they just cut off the roof to use it as a show vehicle.
Onward to the Chevrolet display! The first thing that caught my eye was this Corvette Z06 C7.R.
And beside it, the Camaro ZL1.
The next thing that caught my eye was the Toyota U2 Concept – which kinda picks up where the Honda Element left off. I also can’t help but think that Toyota might be throwing some shade at Bono with this… I mean, it’s called the “U2” and it’s got a bike inside. We know what happens when Bono gets on a bike…
Next, we visited the Mercedes-Benz section of the show. Obviously, I can only dream of driving these cars, but they’re still fun to look at… Like how about the AMG GT-S, with a hat?
Behind the wheel of a A45 AMG.
And that C63 AMG sure is a looker.
Lexus was up next, and they had on display a rather lovely looking convertible, the name of which I can’t remember. I think it was the most memorable car of the show for Ben, who continuously referred to it as “the piss yellow one.” What caught my eye was the grille, that looked like it would take your hand off if you got too close.
I crammed myself into a bunch of back seats at the auto show. Few of them were as cramped as those of the Lexus RC.
Probably the biggest highlight of visiting Lexus, however, was running into an old friend who was at the show as a representative for them – Peterborough’s own Leah Green!
Next up was Audi, and naturally as a fan of the Volkswagen Auto Group, there was some interest here… But there were plenty of other interested people too, so it was kinda busy. Here’s the R8:
An Audi Le Mans Prototype-style race car, the name of which I failed to learn:
This lovely lime-green RS7 Sportback was a pleasure to look at also:
I didn’t take any photos of BMW cars – just a couple photos of the wheels of BMW cars.
Another theme of the show for me, on top of cramming myself into back seats, was opening up the back of every hatchback that I could and looking inside to see if a drumset would fit. From the looks of it, you could fit a drumset inside the Mini Cooper Clubman – provided you fold down the back seats. Then again… With the way the back opens, is this really a hatchback?
Porsche was next, and I gotta say… This 911 Carrera S is a beautiful machine.
Porsche also had their Le Mans Prototype racer – the 919 – there for folks to have a look at.
How about the Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder?
I’d probably follow someone driving a Jaguar F-Type around for a while just to stare at that lovely looking rear end.
I’m jealous of people who lived in the time when the back seats in cars were wingback chairs, and your trunk was literally a thatched basket. A 1904 Oldsmobile:
This 1915 Cadillac has a couch for a back seat!
And I’m still trying to understand this, but it looks like the steering wheel of said Cadillac is collapsible to make getting in and out easier… If anyone knows what the actual deal is here, feel free to correct me.
This Auburn Boattail Speedster is an incredible example of the decadence of this era of motoring… Just look at that thing! It’s so huge, and it only has room for two passengers!
This Austrian 1938 Steyr 220 Gläser Roadster is the only one in North America, and is the winner of Best In Show at the Concours d’Elegance.
Back in the day when your car’s trunk was literally a steamer trunk that was strapped on.
Lamborghini Gallardo… But first, let me take a selfie!
If you keep up on your celebrity rides, you’ll know that this next one belongs to deadmau5. It’s a Lamborghini Huracan that has been dubbed the “Purracan,” thanks to the nyan cat graphics on the side.
Also there from deadmau5’s collection was this incredible McLaren P1, which, if I’m not mistaken, is the world’s first hybrid hypercar.
Another wheel shot! This one belongs to a Ferrari 458 Italia (if I recall correctly).
In the Auto Exotica section, there was quite a selection of rare and expensive cars… Like this McLaren MP4-12C.
There was a Renault Sport Spider, which I don’t believe I’ve ever seen in person before.
… A classic Ferrari Dino…
An insanely rare and expensive McLaren F1 GTR…
And, of course, a Pagani Huayra.
And more Ferrari! This one is a 488 GTB
The Tesla Model X, complete with gull-wing doors, was there.
So was this Lamborghini Huracan 610-4 Spyder.
Suicide Doors made an appearance on this Rolls-Royce Wraith.
I feel like it wouldn’t take Joe Walsh too long to lose his license in this thing – a Maserati Gran Turismo MC.
There was a feature on the Indianapolis 500, which will run for the 100th time this year. Here’s Scott Goodyear‘s Indy 500 car:
And Jacques Villeneuve‘s 1995 Indy 500 winning car:
While it was in the Honda section and not the Indy 500 section, here’s James Hinchcliffe‘s IndyCar.
Dodge brought along a 1984 Caravan to illustrate that they were the pioneers of the minivan. It was also kind of a big deal, because next year, the Caravan will be discontinued and replaced by the new Pacifica.
The new Acura NSX was there, and I got a few shots of it.
Another draw from last year was there again this year – the Dodge Charger Hellcat.
And the incredibly sexy Dodge Viper ACR was also there.
Given my status as a bit of a Volkswagen nerd, I was pretty excited to visit their section of the show. Here’s the Golf R, and some guy who seems really stoked to tell his girlfriend about it:
They also had on display the GTI Supersport Concept, which made its first appearance in Gran Turismo – evidenced by the Gran Turismo logo on the car.
The classic hot hatch, the Golf GTI.
The new Beetle Dune was there…
… As was the new Beetle Denim convertible. I don’t think the roof is actually made of denim, but it looks and feels close enough that it doesn’t matter to me.
Nissan had a GT-R Nismo on display…
… As well as this Rogue Warrior equipped with snow tracks.
They also had this lovely looking 370Z Nismo there for folks to have their way with.
But I think the whole show can be kind of summed up by one photo – me continuing to check out the back seats of vehicles, and being rather cramped in the back of this Nissan Frontier.
Don’t let the face fool you – I had a great time there, but it was scenes like this that reminded me that, while I may act like it at times, I’m not a kid anymore.
But that just means I belong in the driver’s seat now!