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Detroit Auto show report
Just a quick note to give you all my impressions (beyond what I
have already revealed about the TTs) of the Detroit Auto show.
The Audi stand was good, with many samples of A4s, and A6s (The
display last year was better though, because it had three A8s) There was
an A4 4-cyl, 5 valve engine cutaway on display. It was impressive. The
TTs was on a turntable that made it inaccessible. The entire display was
good, but there was a rather sad absence of anything high performance.
No S6s, no A4 Touring Car, no Rally cars, nothing. The best they could
do was to show some video coverage of the German Touring car
championship, with A4s out in front. That was amusing, but actually,
Subaru's video of the Colin McRae, Imprezza Rally car was better.
I always think back over the show each year to decide which car
is most significant, and which one would I most like to own. The winner
of the first category, for me anyway, is a toss up between the Plymouth
Prowler and the McLaren F1. The Prowler because Chrysler succeeded to
con enough suppliers into supporting it that it will actually be built.
It is an outrageous car, that would never ever have had a hope of seeing
the light of production had it been done at any other time, by any other
company (except maybe Boyd's). The F1 is significant because it is very
expensive, it won LeMans, and it embodies a huge collection of incredibly
ingenious ideas for a no-compromise sports car.
The Eagle Indy car on dispay on the Toyota stand may prove to be
significant, but that remains to be seen.
The car that I would most like to own would be the F1 without a
doubt, although I would prefer the road going version. The one on
display was just like the one that won LeMans last year (maybe even the
'one'? - I don't know)
Hope noone minded the bandwidth too much.
Graydon D. Stuckey
'86 Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro, GDS Racing Stage II
'85 Mazda RX7 GS 12A-leaning-towards-a-13B-soon