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027/365: Under the El

027/365: Under the El

It’s freezing cold outside and after being indoors the entire afternoon, I decided to venture out and do some carshooting.

2014 Chicago Auto Show — Part 1: The workers

Every year I go “at least once” to the Chicago Auto Show and have been for as long as I could drive myself. This year I wanted to approach my photography differently. When I was bit by the street photography bug a few years ago (inspired by Vivian Meier to boot) I realized there are many stories to tell beyond the cars.

For this and the following post I am concerned mostly with the people. In the last couple years, I noticed an invisible crowd of same-clothed men and women who are the unsung heroes of the  Show. They make sure the cars are gleaming, keep us informed and sometimes even entertain us with themed music. Without them we would be looking at grubby cars.

Thanks to all of you who make the show possible.

Dart proposal

Dodge model

DJ on a Kia Soul

Man about to clean S-Class

Cleaning the Viper

Cars: 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid

Huge. That best describes this car. I cannot believe this isn’t technically a full-size. It’s as big as an Accord and nearly the same equipment. Nissan’s always confused me about trim. Anyway. It’s a hybrid getting about 25mpg in traffic, which is rather low compared to the Prius. But it sure is sportier. It had a lot of pickup. But it’s really twitchy. It feels heavy and the steering overassisted. Around corners and ovee bumps it feels unsure. But on the expressway very capable. Even the usually-annoying CVT is palatable in this car.

Ford Thunderbird: The incomparable retro car

Ford Thunderbird: The incomparable retro car

I have always been love or hate with Fords but lately it’s love. This retro-nod to the 50s-era T-Bird is the right mix of old and new. Designed by the skunkworks at Ford under J Mays in the early 2000s, this specimen no doubt is rare — butter yellow. And in Chicago even more rare. The interior was intitially borrowed from the LS and the power from a 3.9L Jag (lots of sharing back then) but it’s definitely a looker. Unlike the Mustang, Camaro and Challenger, this one nodded to granddad and carved its own way to fruition. I wish Ford would have another limited run in them and stick to a similar formula.

GM will never learn

After the auto show I was convinced GM hadn’t learned much from the Carpocalypse that was bankruptcy. Today I am reading Road and Track’s Buyer’s Guide 2011 and I see what you see above: of all the competition, how can you compete in 2 of 5 slots with yourself? It just doesn’t make sense to me at all. Ford does do that slightly with the Ford/Lincoln marques but at least they whacked Mercury, certainly not the easiest decision. But given the times, necessary. Wake up to yourself, GM! Give your divisions Caddy-like separation.