Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Press & Trade Day Photos

The LA Auto Show kicked off with the annual Motor Press Guild Invitational. This "cars & coffee" event features breakfast, live music, cool cars and the presentation of the MPG "Innovation Vehicle of the Year" Award.

Wednesday morning was the first press & trade day at the Los Angeles Auto Show in downtown Los Angeles. For the next week and a half, the Los Angeles Convention Center will be all about new cars and trucks.

Bright and early on Wednesday morning was the MPG Invitational Awards breakfast. Local food trucks serve up breakfast for automotive media and trade personnel while everyone checks out notable custom cars, race cars and new vehicles.  This kickoff event always attracts a who's-who in the local automobile scene.

Famed car builder George Barris was on hand to talk car customization.

Take your pick: Local Porsche builders Magnus Walker and Singer Design showed off some of their craftsmanship underneath the MPG tent.

Audi kicked off the press day with the first unveiling at 9am.

Cadillac ATS Coupe road race vehicle.

Cadillac unveiled the V-Series models of its popular ATS coupe and sedan vehicles. The performance specs on the monitor are just a few of the reasons that the ATS unveiling drew so much attention.

Saleen Booth in the Exotics and Performance Hall.

Getting ready for the BMW unveiling...

Part of the draw of the LA Auto Show are the numerous concept or inspiration vehicles built to showcase what the manufacturers are dream of and accomplish.

The Infiniti Q80 Concept Sedan.

The Toyota FT-1 Coupe

The Mercedes AMG GTS

The Mercedes Maybach

Ultra low production Jaguar Project 7.

Everyone was looking forward to seeing the Mustang Shelby GT350 in person.

Chrysler also unveiled the latest update to its popular 300 series sedans.

Actor and race car driver, Patrick Dempsey, was on hand for the unveiling of the GTS, plus announced his Porsche racing schedule for 2015.

Porsche unveiled their latest GTS models, including the latest version of the 911 Carrera GTS.
  Thank you to everyone at the Los Angeles Auto Show for the hospitality. The auto manufacturers and vendors were all gracious and accommodating. The Auto Show runs from November 21-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Mecum Auto Auction at the Anaheim Convention Center

The red carpet was rolled out for all of the show attendees.

Over the weekend, the Anaheim Convention Center was taken over by 100's of muscle cars and custom cars thanks to the Mecum Auction. I always like driving down to this event to check out what is selling and for how much. The Anaheim Convention Center has plenty of space to display all of the cars, so it is pretty much a scaled down indoor car show.

100's of cars filled the convention space all weekend.

Nicely restored 1966 Chevy Nova SS.

1941 Buick Sedanette

This 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible sold for a nice price on Saturday afternoon.

1960 Chevy Impala ready to go across the block on Saturday morning.

Cars of all sizes were up for auction in Anaheim over the weekend. You could have driven home in the Isetta or the '59 Gogomobil Regent.

1933 Ford Pickup Car Hauler

1975 Reliant Robin Three-Wheeler

1964 Chevy Impala SS

1970 Ford Bronco

1964 Chevy Suburban

This was a pretty cool auction item. A 1960 Chevy Nomad wagon, plus a '54 Chris-Craft boat.

1960 Chevy Impala on the ground.

It wasn't all hot rods and muscle cars. A well kept IROC-Z was up for auction too.

1961 Ford Econoline Pickup

Looking for a trolley? You could have taken home a 1998 Chance Trolley on Friday morning.
We didn't find any cars that we could live without, but as usual, we had a fun afternoon at the Mecum Auction in Anaheim. Check back soon for more event coverage courtesy of California Car Cover.