In light of the current state of the auto industry, I was eager to see what would be the impact on the '09 car show. Our club was given a larger booth than usual, so we speculated that perhaps there wasn't going to be as much participation by the big car companies. Generally, the car clubs are given the "leftover" space after the biggies block out their areas. As it turns out, although there were somewhat fewer cars than last year, the place still seemed relatively full and prosperous, and the Big Three, as well as all the other manufacturers, were represented. And... Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep all exhibited concept cars, which was somewhat surprising to me. Since it was opening day of the show, we didn't expect many visitors, but we were pleasantly surprised that the walk-in attendance appeared to be as good as, if not better than, last year. I don't know if that will continue through the weekend, however.
Here are a few pictures of our booth. All the vintage cars belong to members of our Owners' Club.
Here's a Jeep Renegade concept car. Yes, those are holes in the doors. It's a "green" car, according to the spiel being given by the Jeep rep in the booth.
Here's the Dodge ZEO concept car.
And, here's the Chrysler Nassau concept. All of these cars can be seen at their manufacturer's websites.
Finally, here's a purple Smart. We have plenty of Smart Cars around here, but this is the first purple one I've seen.
I'll be in Afton tomorrow, and we're expecting a visit from a pretty large cruising club, so you might have to sit through some more car pictures tomorrow. They'll undoubtedly be much different from these, however. :-)