LA Auto Show: The Good, the Bad and the Weird
This past weekend, many auto publications brought you the best and brightest unveilings from the Los Angeles Auto Show. We even gave you the highlights of each day. What was not covered, or at least under-covered were the automotive oddities that slink their way into the show floor every year. Strange marketing maneuvers and just bad custom jobs conspire to create a show unto itself. These are the misfits. Still then there are the truly awesome cars that just never get the love they deserve, and all because they were placed just out of the spotlight. Here are the weird, the bad, and the badass from the 2012 LA Auto Show: Gulf Racing Ford Bronco:
1968 Ford Bronco? Check. Lifted and Customized? Check. Gulf Racing Livery? Double check. This thing is so awesome; it can’t even get out of its own way. It’ll never get the coverage it deserves because it was in the custom and aftermarket room a level below the show floor. Many of the vehicles here will come from this subterranean hall.
An engine unto itself:
This was right next to the Bronco. It appears to be a kid’s VW Beetle that some mad genius fitted with a V8 and a blower. Suffice it to say, this Bug will not be driven by anyone, and we have no idea how the hell you operate it.
This is awful. Once the Tumbler hit the big screen in Batman Begins, all other versions of the Batmobile instantly became hackneyed and Cheesy. The worst of these offenders is the Batmobile from the TV show. So when you apply that styling to a Ford F-150 you do a disservice to Ford, the Batman franchise and eyes everywhere. Yuck.
Does anyone do anyone do heritage better than Porsche? While many know the classic 356 and 911, some of the early prototypes are overlooked by the masses¬– but not by Porsche. Other than the 914, there are no ugly Porsches, and the 904 racecar is one of the most appealing to the eyes.
Ford Crate Engine:
This is engine porn, defined. So you may not have the opportunity to drive a Ford Shelby GT500, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ogle the powerplant that resides under its sculpted hood. Looking at it, you also understand just how large and awesomely crude superchargers are.
“Hey, I know lets make a Green Lantern Rio! How about a Flash Forte!” Gawd, I would have loved to been in that Kia marketing meeting. These aren’t even cool superheroes. Where is the Wolverine edition Sorento, huh? So if they aren’t comic book characters that appeal to the masses, what the hell does the comic-con community think of this?
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Rally Car:
It’s the only thing at the Mitsubishi stand worth reporting on.