Last year was the first year we got to go to Spokane’s version of an Auto Show. It’s not really that much of an International Auto Show, and we miss some of the cars I’d really love to see, like the Ferraris and Maseratis and such.
But it is a car event to break up the monotony that is winter around here, so it is very welcome! And last year was kinda special too — We were first invited to hang out at the Porsche dealership with the Club at the Show last year, as well as seeing the 2011 STi sedan for the first time.
This year wasn’t all that exciting, and my photos kinda reflect what we did there — Mostly hung out with the Porsches and tried our best to keep them company among the insanity normal people apparently bring. (Like a lady who, for unknown reasons, was grabbing the bumper on the 991 911 like she expected it to open…. I kid you not.)
Let’s see, interesting things… No Audi R8, which made me sad. But there was an S4 with a roof rack with a snowboard on it! I liked that.
We chatted with a guy around this Evo X for a while. That was, uh, interesting…. Considering we said no, we didn’t want it, we have a 2011 STi and he decided it was more fun to somewhat bash our decision. (Obviously we knew the Evo was faster, but speed isn’t everything. When will people learn?!)
Then he went on to say that he didn’t like factory wide bodies on cars because you didn’t get a choice in the matter and it was just too much on the STi. For one, I LOVE the wide body on the STi — it looks amazing and those fenders are just, well, love. Second, I love wide bodies on almost all cars…. And third, all of my favorite Porsches have wide bodies. (I’m untold amounts of excited for Sebring because of the 911 GT3 RSR!!!)
So, uh, sorry guy, but you were a bit egotistical about it and just kinda dumb, honestly. The entire philosophy of race cars (you know, the cars that go fast, since you care about speed more than anything) can be boiled down to “lower and wider.” Hmmmmm, wider, imagine that!
After that we mostly hung out with the Porsches all day. Mercedes and BMW failed to intrigue me with anything they brought (the 335i is one I like, and there *was* a 135i), though it was amusing to watch people get all over the SLK convertible Mercedes had. Silly.
The Fiat 500 was there! So cute. There were people crawling alllllll over it though, so no pictures there. And all we got was a damn poster for the Abarth. LAME.
Funny thing of the day had to be going up to the only Corvette at the show, a Grand Sport, only to find the door locked. This was amusing to us considering that the 991 911 S at the Show cost about twice as much as the Grand Sport, yet was completely unlocked for people to crawl into and out of. Hmmmmm. Odd, no?
It was very interesting watching people really. For us, being around the Porsches is old hat. Even seeing the 991 911 was meeting a friend for the second time, though it was nice to see some people really get a good first look and actually appreciate her beauty.
There were some complaints about the lack of the manual in the 991, and that surprised me. Of course there will be a manual (seven speed at that!), but the first few hundred 991s were built with PDKs in order to get that transmission out there a bit more. From what I’ve heard, it’s a fantastic transmission at that, but it was odd for me to hear complaints about it…. I thought I was the only one who loved manuals these days.
Then there was this super adorable little boy, who was so excited to be there and taking photos of everything. He was talking with one of the Porsche guys about how he knew all of the models for the Panamera. He didn’t quite get it, but it was super adorable to watch him. There’s hope for the younger generation after all, as long as nobody crushes his spirit like what happens to so many people.
All in all, it was a really fun day. I’m also happy to find out that we do have the dealership’s support when it comes to finding my own Porsche 911, even though she’s going to be at least 22 or 23 years old by the time I find her.
While I do look forward to the Show again next year, I have to say…. I am ready for summer!!!