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Just got an email about the AutoShow in Motion...

www.autoshowinmotion.com

This looks really awesome. 150 vehicles, primarily GM but with other competitors cars to compare to. You have to sign up ahead of time. You get to drive the vehicles on a multitude of various tracks they've setup to rest out the cars.

Inglewood, CA Feb 10th-13th
San Diego, CA Mar 3rd-6th
Orlando, FL Mar 3rd-6th at Epcot

Gotta check my plans for then, hoping I'll get to make it. Going to look up costs and such too.

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As far as I can tell this event is free.
 

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rlhammon said:
Thought I was going to have to buy a ticket... but didn't see the Solstice on their list. Oh well... I've got airlines miles I don't know what to do with.. so if the Solstice shows up, maybe I'll take a flight somewhere to go. :smile
I'm going to see if I can find a contact to reach to ask specifically about the Solstice. Who knows, by Mar there might be a production level Solstice for people to play with, sit in, or at least look at and touch.
 

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I went last year. It was a blast! Go on a weekday if at all possible. I went Thursday by myself, and had so much fun that I took my buddy down there Saturday. The lines were alot longer. On Thursday, for example, I was able to drive the GTO as many times as I wanted, and without even getting out of the car. Saturday, on the other hand, I had to stand in a 1/2 hour long line just to drive the car, and each time I wanted to take a lap in it.

Seems like they were a little more lenient with the rules on Thursday as well. I was actually TRYING to get kicked out by the end of the day, and nobody said a word to me. Saturday, I threw the rear out on one or two turns, and they got their little panties all in wads.

Of course, I drove other cars as well, the GTO was just the funnest car you could drive more than once. They give you a wrist band with three tags on it, one for a free lunch, one says "H2" and one says "Corvette." That way, the assure everyone gets their turn at each of those cars, but one turn only (there may have been an SSR tag, too... wasn't too impressed with the SSR, and don't remember even WANTING to drive it again). Also in those cars, there's a GM employee with you in the passanger's seat to make sure you don't get too crazy. Not so in the GTO. They put a little piece of tape over the TCS button, but the switch still worked anyway. Of course I turned it off every time! :cheers

Edit: Oh yah. There are no tickets to buy... it's FREE. Also, I didn't really make any reservations, just went down there and got in. Guess it doesn't hurt to register, though. As for having a Solstice out there for you to flog in March... I'd be surprised if they let anyone drive one. At the show I went to last year, they had a few cars on static display that they weren't letting people drive...
 

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Went to the Auto Show in Motion this morning......WOW!!!

Hi all,

Just got back from the show at Hollywood Park in Inglewood. OMG. I can't stop smiling. :) :) :) .

There were 7 tracks with over 150 automobiles. Just an amazing venue for car nuts. Not only were there GM vehicles, but also multiple vehicles from competitors. Kudos to GM!! I was amazed how everyone working was helpfull, nice, and willing to let you drive any vehicle you wanted. Unless of course you drove a car too hard, and then you get your hand slapped (kind of like when I let the rear end loose in a Cadillac CTS through the S turns.---They definately didn't like that, but my friends in the car couldn't stop hooting!!)

Track 1) Trucks. Lots to choose from. Very short course, but it gives you an idea. Drove the Toyota Tacoma. Really liked it --if you're in the market for a truck.

Track 2) SUVs. Midsize. Only drove the MBZ ML350. Just OK. Nothing special, though nice interior. Very small rear seat (relative to other mid size SUVs)

Track 3) Large SUV's. I fell in love with the GMC Yukon Denali. Talk about having everything. That vehicle is everything you could ask for. Nice drive, power, and comfort. Whew....I wanted to take it home.

Track 4) Performance. You could choose from 3 vehicles. C6 Corvette (either manual or auto) or a Cadillac CTS-V. I drove the manual Corvette. Holy Sh*t!! Just absolutely amazing. I have never driven a sports car like that. I was speechless how amazing it is.....and I didn't even get it out of 2nd gear. They had a Corvette specialist in the car with you, but he wanted me to drive it harder. Since the line was long (I waited about 25 minutes for the Corvette) you only had one pass, which probably lasted less than a minute, but I am still floored just thinking about sticking the gas pedal in first and getting blasted down the short straight. If I only had 50k......
Oh, my friend drove the CTS-V and loved it. He seriously is considering buying one.....after a 1 minute drive. Amazing.

Track 5) Hummer. I think Hummer's are impractical, ugly, full of too much plastic, annoying, just too much everything......you get the idea. But, behind the wheel, going up a 9-10 ft tall dirt embankment (it felt almost straight up) in 4x4, was just a blast. I wouldn't buy one, but, knowing you can pull that off, was very cool.

Track 6) Luxury. Oh boy, never thought I could have that much fun in a 4 door sedan. Let's just say, Caddy's rock!! That CTS was a hoot, as each of us (went with 2 friends) was pushing the boundaries of what it could do. I drove the Caddy last, and I pushed it a little far. The tail flew out, I got sideways, and had to correct. I felt like a got caught cheating on a test in elementary school. A guy on a bicycle in the infield followed me in, gave me a stern look, and X'ed my wristband. My last warning. Needless to say, it was time to go home.
Also drove a Saab 9-2 convertible turbo. Loved when that boost kicked in.

Track 7) Passenger Vehicles, and a Pontiac area. Didn't get to drive the GTO, but people seemed to rave about it. I did drive a Chevy Cobalt (there was no line:)) and it was a POS. But, that's what I expected.

Sorry for being long winded, I just felt like telling others how much fun I had today. Talked to a Pontiac guy about the Solstice, but he didn't know a thing.....as usual.

Overall, a great promotion for GM, and very well done.
Just my 2 cents.....if you can go.......go!!!!!!!...and drive the Corvette. Hopefully next year the Solstice will be there.
 

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Went to the one at Astrodome parking lot in November, A Blast! Cheap thrills. Heard about it on the last day. Only got 3 hrs. Wish I'd had all day. Go. You'll have fun!
 

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Yep, it rocks. I can't even go to a normal autoshow anymore. What good is it to sit in the cars when you can't DRIVE them?!
 

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New locations and dates have been added to the AutoShow in Motion.

Atlanta, GA (March 17th - March 20th)
San Francisco, CA (March 17th - March 20th)
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (March 31st - April 3rd)
Houston, TX (April 7th - April 10th)
 

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I went to one a while back and had a great time...that's how a used Z06 made it on my list of "possible Solstice/Sky alternatives." I can't believe they turn the general public loose in a car with that much performance, and a manual to boot!

NOTE TO SELF: When shopping for used Z06, avoid any car actually USED in the AutoShow in Motion. :)
 

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Stephen M said:
I went to one a while back and had a great time...that's how a used Z06 made it on my list of "possible Solstice/Sky alternatives." I can't believe they turn the general public loose in a car with that much performance, and a manual to boot!

NOTE TO SELF: When shopping for used Z06, avoid any car actually USED in the AutoShow in Motion. :)
They really let you drive the manual tranny version by yourself at the AutoShow in Motion? I'm amased.
 

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They really let you drive the manual tranny version by yourself at the AutoShow in Motion? I'm amased.
I was amazed as well, but they did indeed let people loose in manual Z06s. (1). They had automatic Corvettes as well (non-Z06 obviously), but the line was shorter for the manuals. Same with the GTO, stick and slushbox versions were available, and the line was shorter for the manuals. It was a win-win for me.

(1) only if you define "letting people loose" as letting them drive on a closed course, on private property, for about a minute with an instructor sitting next to them. Nevertheless, you get full throttle acceleration in the first two gears and were encouraged to corner near the limits. The amount of grip available in the Z06 is amazing.

-Stephen M
 
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