- January 18th, 2014
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North American International Auto Show
I had the pleasure of going to the Press Week event at the North American International Auto Show 2014. This is an event where the global automotive community (and any press just interested in the impact of all things automotive) come together to learn the latest news and current events.
People from around the world come to the industry’s most substantive annual event. We also experienced the most anticipated new vehicle introductions. We joined the industry’s top leaders, thinkers and enthusiast to see what was new!
And what we saw did not disappoint us. As many of you know I am a Ford fan. The all new Ford F-150 with it’s all aluminum body and the amazing new Mustang alone made the trip worth while.
Ford had a separate section they put together for media and bloggers and they really went all out. We had visits from Allen Mullaly and many others from the industry including race car drivers.
It was an amazing time. I met and talked with many Ford leaders as well as some very famous and very personable race drivers! I met John Force who happens to be very funny(no pun intended) and is the world record holder in Funny Car drag racing, Greg Foutz (Off Road) who recently drove an (disguised as a 2014) all aluminum bodied F-150 with the new 2.7 EcoBoost in the Baja 1000 (check out the video here )and then drove from California to Dearborn! I had the pleasure of meeting Hall of Fame NASCAR driver Ned Jarrett and his son Dale. I also met Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Formula Drift) and his lovely girlfriend along with Brian Deegan (he rides and drives anything with wheels!). There we others as well, but we ran out of time before the showing of clips from the upcoming movie Need for Speed.
Ford was an incredible host as well and they really know how to take care of their guests. I thank Cole Quinnell and Scott Monty from Ford for there personal attention to us and making sure we had a great time. We not only went to the auto show, but to introduction events, breakout sessions and drives. We also got a surprise and toured the Rouge Truck plant as well. After that we met the designer of the new 2015 Mustang Kemal Curic and the team that designed and guided the all new 2015 Mustang.
And of course, none of this wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t been invited by my friend Frank Bisono! What a trip!