If your in slaving away on the worlds longest road-tour and are looking for a break away from the raucous world of 'rawk & roll' and you're in Brisbane - Queensland, Australia - during February or further south in Melbourne in March, I'd recommend you take a look at the International Motor Shows.
All the usual suspects were there with all 'the majors' represented in various guises on some very elaborate stands and exhibitions. From the weird to the wonderful, the range of mouth watering vehicles was auto technology on display.
This Mitsubishi SRA concept vehicle was one of the more outlandish sets
of wheels on offer. Built as a 'life-style' vehicle, a cross between an
SRV, a 'people mover' and a station wagon with constant 4WD and e-n-o-r-m-o-u-s
24" wheels, this pod is built for travel. There's even a built in
shower nozzle at the back. Have a very careful look at the doors. Notice
how they are translucent. There's luggage inside them! On the right hand
front dooryou can see the handle as it It detaches as a suitcase!!
Finally the 'local boy' was THE car that the majority had come to see.
The new Holden Monaro packed in the crowds. Holden is an Australian subsidiary
of General Motors and the Monaro is a revival of a legendary Aussie 1960/70's
But it wasn't just the afficitionado's who were drooling over this hi-po
muscle car. The biggest collection of General Motors VPs to ever visit
Australia were out in the 'land of Aus' to evaluate the car. The delegation
included the recently appointed chairman of General Motors North America,
Bob Lutz and a team of executives- including no less than four vice presidents
from GM North America. "We think the Monaro could easily be the reinvention
of the Pontiac GTO, and the Commodore Ute the modern day Chevy El Camino,"
he said referring to two well known - but discontinued - US General Motors
nameplates. "None of this is official, yet, but I'm here to look
at opportunities, not look for obstacles." "We want to take
the Monaro coupe back with us and put it in Pontiac dealerships across
the US," he said in blunt speech, delivered to Australian media on
Tuesday, February 19, 2002.
All in all motor shows are a great day out, especially as they have absolutely nothing to do with the rigours of live production!
To be honest, if you lift the bonnet of a car I know nothing about 'em, but I have fun anyway!!
Have a good one!