: Chicago 2011 Meet Thread. Pics Included.



I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-20-11, 09:22 PM
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Got great gas mileage on the way down. It turned out to be 28.3 overall.

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Beautiful, beautiful driving conditions on Friday. It was sunny and 22* when I left, and when I got to Chicago, it was sunny and like 55*.

Stopped at the Belvedere Oasis for Gas & Wash.
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360 Modena. Nice!
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Got to the hotel, couldn't check in until Gary did, so I went to the Ferrari dealer to kill time.
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Indoor showroom.
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Service department. There is an F40 back there.
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'65 Ferrari 275GTB
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'74 Maserati Bora. I really liked this!
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Testarossa
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458 Italia
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612 Scagletti
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California.
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I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-20-11, 09:43 PM
458 Italia brochure that I bought.
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1965 Aston Martin DB5. The original Bond car.
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The hotel was awesome. Clean, newer building, right off the major highway that I took from Minneapolis. Here's the nice atrium/lobby.
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Marvin's awesome XLR-V. 575hp at the wheels. He let us all drive it after dinner, and I've gotta say, that power is breathtaking.
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Ducky and the GS.
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Austin's gorgeous and immaculate (for 138k miles) '99 Eldorado Touring Coupe.
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James drove Gary and I to the auto show in his rental 300 Touring.
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Sears Tower looks good from 294.
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I found the world's nicest Astro. Factory three tone paint, optional alloy wheels, LT package and NO RUST. This must have been like a 1991-94.
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Camaro Z28 Indianapolis Pace cars. 1969 and '11.
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CTS-V "Black Diamond" Coupe. GORGEOUS! Love love love that shade of paint.
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Black Diamond Wagon CTS-V Wagon.
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LS9.
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SLS
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ThumperPup
02-20-11, 09:50 PM
wow looking great darn i had to miss it
looks like yall had alot of fun looking for other pics to come soon

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-20-11, 09:55 PM
Maybach 57s
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2012 CLS
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Regal GS. Production looks the same as concept from last year.
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I want this for my bedroom.
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Interior of the Chevy Sonic.
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Camaro convertible.
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I like the Volt's center console.
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New 9-5. Not terribly impressed. The car looks nice, but it lacks the typical wood trim of the Saabs.
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LOVE the new A8. The big one piece grill reminds me of a cowcatcher from a steam train.
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The Audi R8 might be one of the best looking supercars ever.
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ThumperPup
02-20-11, 10:01 PM
oh man i love the R8 there are 2 that are right with in 2 blocks of my house those suckers look awesome and the new A8 that looks sweet

and for a saab i was never that into the body styles but that looks like something i wouldnt mind owning

thebigjimsho
02-20-11, 10:20 PM
Some may think it odd to take a pic of that Astro van but it was IMPRESSIVELY clean. I was freaking out over it...

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-20-11, 10:21 PM
Equus. I was really impressed with this car. Great build quality, some of the best leather I sat in of any car at the show (better than Cadillac, BMW, Lexus) and a nice looking design. IMO this is better looking than the 7 Series, LS and perhaps the S Class. It may not be the most stylistic car out there, but I like it's rather bland, square design. It looks like luxury cars did in the '90s and I love that look.
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I love the XJ. Probably my favorite car in that class. Love the neoclassical styling inside & out.
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INLAID WOOD TRIM!
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Smurf blue Porsche Speedster. $225,000. I don't know anything about the Speedster. Can anyone explain?
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Austin & Jesda were impressed with the Optima.
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274hp 2.0 GDI Turbo!!! More horsepower than V6 Altima, Accord, Camry...
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Mazda brought a couple of '90 (first year) Miatas. Not a lot of change in 21 years.
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Love that early '90s Mazda logo. Brings back memories of dad's '91 626.
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Austin and I sat in the '11 Miata. I liked sitting in it...the low beltline & windshield and taut chassis makes for a heck of a fun driving car. I really wanna get behind the wheel of one now.
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thebigjimsho
02-20-11, 10:24 PM
I had a good time, primarily with JimmyH and his wife Michelle at the show. But I'm realizing that we missed a bit of cars. I never saw Mercedes, the black diamond Vagon, some of the Chevrolets or the Saabs. Also, Mazda, Volvo and Maybach...

drewsdeville
02-20-11, 10:30 PM
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"That chick looks like she digs bros in Saabs. Yeah, I could pick her up in one of these...Turn around, babe, have a lookee here."

:P

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-20-11, 10:44 PM
I really really like the new Charger R/T. Much, much nicer inside than before....like vastly improved, lol. The exterior looks a lot better too, and I actually do like the "pig nose".
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Durango is much improved as well. Lower, longer...better materials inside.
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300 was vastly better as well. This is the Limited, same level as the '10 that James had as a rental, and it was much much nicer overall.
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Here's the SRT-8.
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Fiat 500. Very nice for it's class. Lots of personality (even if it doesn't have a racing pedigree *douche*), lots of options to personalize with and good build quality.
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V-Eight
02-20-11, 10:48 PM
A8 L...is that a longer wheelbase version or something?



Gotta say the Durango looks more like a toy than a truck now, plastic and cheap. Not to mention the back looks like a Toyota.

ThumperPup
02-20-11, 10:49 PM
i think the new durango is just to much like the old magnum its like they are trying to bring back something in the middle between the manum wagon and the durango suv not my cup of tea

ThumperPup
02-20-11, 10:50 PM
A8 L...is that a longer wheelbase version or something?

yes thats right

the A-8 then you have the A-8L and there is also a S-8 i think they still make the s-8 wich is the sport sedan of the A8

drewsdeville
02-20-11, 10:54 PM
Gotta say the Durango looks more like a toy than a truck now, plastic and cheap.

That seems to be the new formula today. Across the board, most of the current models look more like plastic toys than their predecessors, just bigger.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-20-11, 10:54 PM
Ram Laramie Longhorn. This is like the modern day version of the "Gentleman Jim" Sierra. Elegant, top of the line luxurious hedonistic masculinity.
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The Ram girl is really hot. Just my type....short, black haired, olive skinned.
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Jesda wasn't impressed with the Smart. Nor was I.
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Sears Tower at night. Gorgeous.
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That's all I've got. Looking forward to seeing everyone else's!

thebigjimsho
02-20-11, 11:14 PM
I need to see if gary88 got that pic of the Chevrolet Escalade GT on the way to Leona's...

thebigjimsho
02-20-11, 11:21 PM
Holy crap, this forum is borked!

Jesda
02-20-11, 11:32 PM
[IG]http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/8458/img7714p.jpg[/IMG]

"That chick looks like she digs bros in Saabs. Yeah, I could pick her up in one of these...Turn around, babe, have a lookee here."

:P

With the way my eyes are pointed at the steering wheel, I'm more likely to plow into her than plow her. :histeric:

77CDV
02-20-11, 11:33 PM
Glad to see the weather cooperated. I was afraid you all would be practicing your cross country skiing abilities.

Jesda
02-20-11, 11:58 PM
Amazingly, yeah. No precipitation except Sunday afternoon rain.

I might slack off and watch some TV with the dog and then afterward start organizing and posting pics.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-21-11, 12:19 AM
You spoke too soon Craig. The only reason I was able to post all these pics is because I'm stranded in a hotel in the middle of Wisconsin because of the snowstorm. Went into a ditch once today & don't wanna do it again.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-21-11, 12:42 AM
Oh! Here's the pics I took from my Droid X. It's funny to see everyone's reaction to the X and how large it is.

Leaving the hotel today.. Wow, didn't even notice that other maroon Regal in the backround.
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/2011-02-20_10-42-14_427.jpg

Jesda with Ducky and me with Dominique.
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When we went with JD's dad to go see JD's tree, Jesda drove the entire way with the top down. Feels good, man.
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This was great to see. I really needed to see this because I couldn't make it to the wake/funeral last year. I met JD's dad this year, along with his aunt and uncle (Dad's brother & sister)....great, great family. Much more "car oriented" than mine.
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Dinner at Leona's on Saturday. I got a bacon cheeseburger with pepperoni on top, along with a side of pasta & meat sauce. AWESOME!
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My breakfast on Saturday, probably 8 or 9 slices of bacon there.
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Everyone looking at Marvin's XLR-V on Friday night.
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Larry (Ranger), Jason with Sal in the backround.
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orconn
02-21-11, 12:42 AM
Glad you are OK, Chad, I caught the weather report for Madison north at noon and hoped those heading back to Minneapolis were going to be OK. Best to lie low till the weather and the plows clear!

Jesda
02-21-11, 01:02 AM
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I look like I'm wearing lipstick :roflmao:

Stingroo
02-21-11, 01:20 AM
You mean you're not?

Hmmm...

gary88
02-21-11, 01:30 AM
I need to see if gary88 got that pic of the Chevrolet Escalade GT on the way to Leona's...

It was tough to get a pic of it at night from a moving car, but here's what I could do.

http://i.imgur.com/T6H5i.jpg

On the way to Leona's

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Chad-approved!

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Had a nice time Saturday night, good to see everyone again!

Playdrv4me
02-21-11, 02:02 AM
The Chrysler products are REALLY impressive, especially from whence they came. The interiors are an absolute night and day difference from before. Unfortunately the SRT-8 300 has been toned down a little TOO far, looks a little bland now. The Durango needs its full size wheels and tires, and to NOT be red in order to not look silly. I'm really pissed I wasn't able to make it this year due to financial and logistical raisins, especially with everyone who made it. Hopefully next year.

ga_etc
02-21-11, 06:15 AM
I got home at just before 3 EST this morning, and am still up for some reason... I got my pictures transfered from my digital camera's card and my phone onto my laptop, but now I have roughly 160 pictures to sort though. Not doing all that tonight. I'll pull out the good ones that aren't duplicates of what's already posted and have them up tomorrow (or later today... whatever). I think it's time for sleep.

johnny kannapo
02-21-11, 10:54 AM
I hope no one needs to be at work today heading north, Twin cites way, We got 17 inches in Bloomington. No I did not blow snow on my car. That is the trunk lid on my Eldo.

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GizmoQ
02-21-11, 01:38 PM
Pulled the car into the shop just as the freezing rain started. Whew! The ice is supposed to change to snow this afternoon with 1-2 inched by Tuesday morning. I should have charged you guys for the "amusement ride." I was slip sliding away all the way. Ordered Michelin X Ice Xi2 235/50R18 's for the rears to get me home Wednesday.

Submariner409
02-21-11, 01:43 PM
Porsche..........Speedster..........throwback name to the 50's (356 ?) bathtub Speedster.

Looks like fun and brings back fond memories of the old DC Auto Show downtown at the National Guard Armory (BIG !).

By next Chicago I'll be 72 - maybe break loose and creak over there.............Glad y'all had fun and a good ol' boy time. Pictures are bitchin', Gary.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-21-11, 03:21 PM
I put the Buick into a ditch yesterday afternoon, stayed the night in a hotel, now I'm getting my power steering pump replaced, as the slide off the road popped the seal off the pump. If all goes well, I should be home by eight tonight, only to go shovel.

Ranger
02-21-11, 03:37 PM
By next Chicago I'll be 72 - maybe break loose and creak over there.
Plan on it Jim. I look forward to meeting you.

hueterm
02-21-11, 05:52 PM
^ That would be awesome!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-21-11, 06:54 PM
That would be awesome! We'd have a collective 80% of all the site's northstar technical knowledge in one meet! :lol:

Submariner409
02-21-11, 07:43 PM
Does it cost much to hire a Booth Bimbo to lean on? :sneaky:

(OMG.........Karen's here.)

orconn
02-21-11, 08:14 PM
Does it cost much to hire a Booth Bimbo to lean on? :sneaky:

(OMG.........Karen's here.)

Old sailors never die they just float away!

Jesda
02-21-11, 08:14 PM
Gotta say the Durango looks more like a toy than a truck now, plastic and cheap. Not to mention the back looks like a Toyota.

The opposite is now true -- its much better built and has a genuinely good interior, especially compared to past Durangos. The quality of paint and the body panel gaps are much, much better.

ga_etc
02-21-11, 10:11 PM
The meet was awesome. It was great to meet everyone and get to hang out. I just wish it had lasted longer. Thank you again to Jesda for the help Friday night. I had to stop somewhere in north Indiana and buy a car charger that would actually charge my phone on the way home.

There was a lot at the show that I didn't get pics of, but I still ended up with a ton. So, here's what's not duplicates and still interesting.

I rode with Jesda and Jason in Ducky to the Auto Show. I was impressed that it never feels down on power and seems to be pretty responsive to throttle input. At least from the passenger seat anyway. I was able to get a couple of skyline shots from the interstate.
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The convention center is huge.
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We all met up at the Cadillac display. It was really good to meet Sal and Danielle even though they didn't hang out long. Thanks again for the shirt.
Chad, you can have the Buick one for your room if I can have this one.
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Black Diamond Edition CTS-V Coupe. :drool:
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ga_etc
02-21-11, 10:23 PM
This DTS Platinum was beautiful.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080502.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080506.jpg
Suede headliner...
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080507.jpg
Jesda found it interesting too.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080504.jpg
Roadtrip...
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080505.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080508.jpg

They also had the CTS-V sedan, coupe, and wagon on display. They were a BIG hit in the metallic red. You couldn't get near them hardly, so this was about the only pic I could get of them.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080499.jpg
Coupe in silver.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080496.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080494.jpg

Black Diamond V Wagon. This color is incredible.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080522.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080520.jpg

hueterm
02-21-11, 10:27 PM
Still can't stand that center exhaust on the CTS Coupe...it's like...vehicular anus...

And yes, the DTS Platinum is awesome...

Ranger
02-21-11, 10:48 PM
I have to agree. Exhaust pipes belong on the outside as God intended, not in the center. Some things should just be left well enough alone.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-21-11, 10:52 PM
I think center exit exhaust systems look great on a lot of the italian exotics....Pagani...458 Italia, etc.

ben.gators
02-21-11, 10:55 PM
I have to agree. Exhaust pipes belong on the outside as God intended, not in the center. Some things should just be left well enough alone.


I third that!

Destroyer
02-21-11, 11:03 PM
I am liking the CTS-V wagon. Looks like you guys all had a great time and that's all that matters. Thank you all for sharing these pics as I don't have time to really know whats out there car-wise these days. There are definitely some great new models I would not otherwise know about and some that make me think wtf? Either way, thanks!

ga_etc
02-21-11, 11:15 PM
I still have more, just had to take a break. It was dinner time.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-21-11, 11:17 PM
Someone needs to get on and post the pictures taken from dinner, and of the group as a whole!! I'd post that picture that JD's uncle took of us at JD's tree on Saturday night, but I can't copy the link from facebook anymore since they went to the new picture format.

ga_etc
02-21-11, 11:38 PM
The Mercedes display wasn't bad. The E550 convertible is kinda sharp.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_140545.jpg
The SLS is still gorgeous. Especially in red.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_140703.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_140723.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_140750.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_140803.jpg

I forgot what they call it, but this Infiniti concept car is gorgeous too.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_142042.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_142029.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_141915.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_142154.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_142210.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_141851.jpg

Hyundai had a concept car too. It's called the CURB. Anyone else think it looks like the Isuzu VehiCROSS?
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_152658.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_152635.jpg

ga_etc
02-21-11, 11:52 PM
The new Genesis R-spec 5.0. An already good looking and impressive car with more oomph. Yes please.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_153101.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_152844.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_152852.jpg

The Volt
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_150245.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_150252.jpg

The new Chevy Sonic. Aveo rebadge.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_145631.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_145614.jpg

Porsche Cayman R. I like this green.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_155521.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_155347.jpg

The Fiat 500 is a neat little car. I'm sure it's excellent for running around in town in big cities. The best part about looking at this car was they guy that Jesda proved wrong. Some random guy was looking at it and was complaining that the back seats didn't fold flat because he couldn't get them to. Jesda was like, yeah they do *fold*. Then the guy got smart and started saying, "Well if I had one I would just take the back seats out completely anyway. But I only buy cars that have a racing pedigree." What a tool.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_175921.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_175841.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_180117.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_180110.jpg
It has some pretty neat touches, though.

ga_etc
02-22-11, 12:06 AM
Chad liked the Ram Power Wagon.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_173548.jpg
It really is a big ass truck.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_173527.jpg

Sadly, the thing I think I was most impressed with was the Kia Optima. I really like that car. Decked out with EVERYTHING including the turbo version it's only like $28,800 or something. I would pass 10 Toyota and Honda lots to buy this car over a Camry or Accord.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_165000.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_165433.jpg
I even like the wheels too. They're kinda funky, but suit the car really well. I have to give it to Kia, this is a hellava car.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_165444.jpg

The poor GT-R. I think Godzilla is loosing some of it's allure. This pic wasn't taken during a brief lull in traffic, there was just no one paying any attention to it.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_181639.jpg

Bout the only thing that caught my eye at the BMW display is the new 6 series.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080528.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080529.jpg

I like this pic. It looks like the QX56 is about to eat an asian chick.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/PB080526.jpg

ga_etc
02-22-11, 12:19 AM
Someone needs to get on and post the pictures taken from dinner, and of the group as a whole!! I'd post that picture that JD's uncle took of us at JD's tree on Saturday night, but I can't copy the link from facebook anymore since they went to the new picture format.

Yeah, I'm waiting for someone to post the pics from dinner too. Did anyone other than JD's dad take any? He took the group pic at the show too didn't he?

ga_etc
02-22-11, 12:42 AM
Sunday morning before those of us that were left went to lunch I got the chance to get a pic with Marvin's XLR-V.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110220_122222.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110220_122334.jpg
That thing is SICK. Thank you again Marvin for the opportunity to drive it. That's not something I will forget any time soon.

Myself, Josiah, Marvin, Gary, Jason, Jesda, and Mike were the only ones able to stay for lunch Sunday. We all went to Portillo's to get something to eat before we all hit the road.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110220_125602.jpg
Portillo's is a cool place. Very distinctive design inside.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110220_130206.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110220_130217.jpg

It was actually daylight when I went back through so I tried to get some shots of the windmill farm on I-65. It's freaky to come through there at night and have no idea what you're driving into.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110220_175653.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110220_175641.jpg
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110220_175605.jpg

orconn
02-22-11, 01:05 AM
I really liked the looks of the Lexus "Thinga majig" concept car, nice until you got to the rear side window which in true Japanese fashion looked too "contrived" and wrecked an otherwise interesting design.

As you guys say, whatta "TOOL," the guy Jesda encountered at the FIAT 500 stand! Poor ignorant bastard doesn't realize that Fiat has quite a "racing history" not to mention that such makes as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Maserati, not to mention Lancia (Stratos) all come under the FIAT Corporate umbrella. And of course Porsche has nothing to do with Volkswagen!

Did Fiat leave the Booty Twins at home for this show?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-22-11, 01:18 AM
Damnit I wish I could have gone to Portillo's this year! Best damn hot dogs on the planet!

77CDV
02-22-11, 01:47 AM
You spoke too soon Craig. The only reason I was able to post all these pics is because I'm stranded in a hotel in the middle of Wisconsin because of the snowstorm. Went into a ditch once today & don't wanna do it again.

Sorry to have jinxed you! Hope the rest of your trip home was uneventful and that you weren't hurt in your driving misadventure.

Also glad to see Josiah made it up. He's a fun guy to hang out with.

MacMuse
02-22-11, 01:52 AM
The convention center is huge.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110219_125537.jpg



Must correct... This is a shot of Soldier Field - home of the Chicago Bears. The columns are part of the original structure (a war memorial), and use to be its highest point. Then an alien spaceship crash landed into the place and Mayor Daley converted the remnants into high-rent skyboxes to line the pockets of Bears ownership.

Located very nearby is McCormick Place, a multi-building facility offering 2.6 Million square feet of exhibit hall space.
http://www.mccormickplace.com/facilities/images/McPlace_Aerial_1.jpg
The flattop/aircraft carrier looking building on the left is the original and main exhibit hall. I believe that's where the Auto Show was held.

ga_etc
02-22-11, 02:06 AM
Thanks for the info. I figured I had it wrong.

Playdrv4me
02-22-11, 02:37 AM
I agree with Austin, of everything previewed, I think the most revolutionary changed or new cars are the Fiat and the Kia Optima. The new Cadillac color is nice too.

Sub, it would definitely be cool if you could make it next year! I was just talking to Jesda about that the other night.

Jesda
02-22-11, 05:45 AM
Pics and commentary from auto show:

http://jesda.com/2011/02/22/2011-chicago-auto-show/

I'll post meet pics soon as I finish writing it up.

ga_etc
02-22-11, 06:09 AM
We see where your priorities are Jesda... :p

Jesda
02-22-11, 06:34 AM
Here are pics from John (JD's dad):

http://home.comcast.net/~katrenak/site/?/photos/

He got a nice one of us standing under the Cadillac sign at the show.

Jesda
02-22-11, 06:57 AM
Meet pics:
http://jesda.com/2011/02/22/2011-cadillac-owners-meet-chicago/

Marvin's XLR-V:
http://jesda.com/2011/02/22/quick-drive-cadillac-xlr-v/

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-22-11, 09:01 AM
Awesome! Just looked thru all your articles on Jesda.com :)

thebigjimsho
02-22-11, 12:03 PM
Sub, it would definitely be cool if you could make it next year! I was just talking to Jesda about that the other night.
Who are you?

Playdrv4me
02-22-11, 01:43 PM
Who are you?

Wasn't there this year.

thebigjimsho
02-22-11, 06:37 PM
hmm...

gary88
02-22-11, 08:06 PM
p00p?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-22-11, 09:17 PM
Here's the pics from my (mis)adventure home.

So as I stated before, I headed home into a snowstorm. Went into a ditch just north of Madison, got towed out only to find my power steering was gone, so I stayed at a Comfort Inn at the nearest town and took it to the Chev/Buick/GMC dealer in town, got it diagnosed as a broken seal on the power steering pump, but it was leaking too much to just replace the seal. So 8 hours and $305 later, I was back in business, but only to find that it was still snowing in the Twin Cities, so I stayed another night at the hotel and drove home today. It was about 25* and sunny the entire ride home and traffic was moving at a brisk 70, not the 45 it was on Sunday, so I was able to make great time. The snowstorm that the Twin Cities saw was the worst one to ever hit the state in February...the worst hit city saw 20.7"...and I think St. Paul got like 11.6 or something. So when I got home, my aunt was already shoveling, and we shoveled together for a while, but it was too bad so my uncle came over with a snowblower and made quick work of the daunting task. Great ending to the 48 hour misadventure!

Packers win the superbowl, cue the dealer packages in celebration. The dealer I got my Regal fixed at had this in their showroom.
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Chicago%202011/2011-02-21_07-41-37_998.jpg
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Chicago%202011/2011-02-21_07-40-23_142.jpg

They gave me a '00 Impala LS as a loaner to get some breakfast with. Not a bad ride! Felt a little bigger inside than my Regal, but wasn't as luxurious nor as nicely laid out inside. And even the base 3800 Series II had trouble keeping traction when accelerating on these snowy roads.
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Chicago%202011/2011-02-21_09-03-37_632.jpg

Beautiful driving conditions today.
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Chicago%202011/2011-02-22_10-18-40_971.jpg

This is what I came home to.
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Chicago%202011/IMG_3310.jpg
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j313/Chadillac8705/Chicago%202011/IMG_3311.jpg

ga_etc
02-22-11, 10:41 PM
Damn. Glad we should be done with all that snow crap around here. And judging from the looks of that Impala loaner, I guess my poor ETC did look clean lol.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-22-11, 11:18 PM
The funny thing is that Impala actually was clean when I took it.

ga_etc
02-22-11, 11:27 PM
When you took the pic, or took the keys?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-22-11, 11:29 PM
The keys. I only drove it a mile to the Hardees when I took that picture, then drove it home.

ga_etc
02-22-11, 11:41 PM
Damn. Who would think snow is that dirty.

Destroyer
02-22-11, 11:42 PM
Here are pics from John (JD's dad):

http://home.comcast.net/~katrenak/site/?/photos/

He got a nice one of us standing under the Cadillac sign at the show.Who's the one all the way to the right? Reminded me of Al Gore! Weird. :suspect:

hueterm
02-22-11, 11:45 PM
Me, bitch. I used to like you until that Al Gore crack...

;-)

Destroyer
02-22-11, 11:56 PM
Me, bitch. I used to like you until that Al Gore crack...

;-)

LMAO! If it's any consolation, I voted for Gore!

ben.gators
02-22-11, 11:56 PM
Me, bitch. I used to like you until that Al Gore crack...

;-)

ha ha ha, you guys had a lot of fun, and by the way, who is the guy second from left?
oh, and yes, I like Al Gore! :D

Playdrv4me
02-22-11, 11:56 PM
Pow!

thebigjimsho
02-23-11, 12:14 AM
Damn. Glad we should be done with all that snow crap around here. And judging from the looks of that Impala loaner, I guess my poor ETC did look clean lol.
1 day.






















http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2241/2287429/23679909/395308428.jpg


http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2241/2287429/23679909/395308427.jpg

ga_etc
02-23-11, 12:16 AM
Holy crap! Did it come from the Blue Lagoon?

CTSV_Rob
02-23-11, 01:15 AM
...if some mod was not sensoring my stuff and trying to go to ware with me lol...
So what kind of ware... tupperware?

oh man, this is not fun to read.

hueterm
02-23-11, 01:18 AM
ha ha ha, you guys had a lot of fun, and by the way, who is the guy second from left?
oh, and yes, I like Al Gore! :D

Austin (ga_etc)

ben.gators
02-23-11, 01:36 AM
Austin (ga_etc)

thanks!

93DevilleUSMC
02-23-11, 01:45 AM
The meet was awesome, guys, and I can't wait to do it again. To Gary, Sal, Jesda, Martin, Jim, James, Chad, Mike, GaryD, Gary H, and anyone I forgot: it was an honor to meet you guys.

I'll upload some pics and a video on Saturday.

Jesda
02-23-11, 02:05 AM
Josiah: Hopefully I'll make it down there for a GA/FL meet of some sort. Would love to run south this winter.

93DevilleUSMC
02-23-11, 02:13 AM
Jesda, come on down, man.

gdwriter
02-23-11, 02:33 AM
Damn, James, I thought my car looked crappy after three weeks of on and off rain, but that poor Town Car takes the cake!

Stingroo
02-23-11, 08:42 AM
Josiah: Hopefully I'll make it down there for a GA/FL meet of some sort. Would love to run south this winter.

Thar be threadz detailin' the possibilities. :thumbsup:

ga_etc
02-23-11, 04:12 PM
Someone page me?

hueterm
02-23-11, 05:05 PM
No, someone was asking who you were in the meet pic.

thebigjimsho
02-23-11, 05:27 PM
Damn, James, I thought my car looked crappy after three weeks of on and off rain, but that poor Town Car takes the cake!
I will say that is the dirtiest I've ever seen any of my Town Cars. Funny how quickly the roads turn. That was after 300+ miles driving up to VT to pick up a client and back. I washed the car while I was back. Then did another 300+ miles going up to drop her off and back. And all it had was a little haze from salt dust.

ga_etc
02-23-11, 05:35 PM
No, someone was asking who you were in the meet pic.

Somehow I ended up in a lot of Jesda's pics.

ben.gators
02-23-11, 06:41 PM
Someone page me?

No, I was just trying to see who you are.... It is really cool to see what do the folks in the forum look like! :D I hope to see you guys in one of the meets

ga_etc
02-23-11, 06:53 PM
No, I was just trying to see who you are.... It is really cool to see what do the folks in the forum look like! :D I hope to see you guys in one of the meets

Like what you see? :eyebrow: J/K :p

Stingroo
02-23-11, 08:15 PM
No, I was just trying to see who you are.... It is really cool to see what do the folks in the forum look like! :D I hope to see you guys in one of the meets

Come to FL this summer. :)

thebigjimsho
02-23-11, 08:21 PM
Somehow I ended up in a lot of Jesda's pics.
As long as you don't end up in his pants...

ben.gators
02-23-11, 08:26 PM
Like what you see? :eyebrow: J/K :p

nothing special, it is just nice and cool... :D

ga_etc
02-23-11, 08:28 PM
As long as you don't end up in his pants...

There went my plans for the evening...

ben.gators
02-23-11, 08:35 PM
Come to FL this summer. :)

hum, this is the third time that you are inviting me to come to Florida! :suspect::hide:

ga_etc
02-23-11, 08:39 PM
nothing special, it is just nice and cool... :D

Thank you, I think?

thebigjimsho
02-23-11, 08:44 PM
hum, this is the third time that you are inviting me to come to Florida! :suspect::hide:
http://www.cmt.com/sitewide/assets/img/shows/dallas_cowboys_cheerleaders_2006/dcc103/girls_stretching-x365.jpg

ga_etc
02-23-11, 08:47 PM
^ So that's why Roo wants to put hardwood in the wagon.

thebigjimsho
02-23-11, 08:49 PM
http://www.funnyflash.com/img/funnies/submissions/24/flat_in_florida.jpg

ben.gators
02-23-11, 09:02 PM
^

Well, that is one possibility... Also I used to live in Florida, and there should be some people that are looking for me because of some unfinished business.... :D oh, and don't forget those angry girls... that is the real danger...:hide::p

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-23-11, 09:03 PM
http://www.funnyflash.com/img/funnies/submissions/24/flat_in_florida.jpg

There are lots of places to go motorboating in Florida.

thebigjimsho
02-23-11, 09:07 PM
There are lots of places to go motorboating in Florida.
Ya better bring a yacht...

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-23-11, 09:11 PM
Ya better bring a yacht...

She's got enough room for a supertanker.

ga_etc
02-23-11, 09:13 PM
I thought those were supertankers?

hueterm
02-23-11, 09:16 PM
There went my plans for the evening...


There went the sushi I just spent $30 on...and unfortunately, as luck would have it...it was a Sexy Sexy Roll...

You owe me Jemmahbo...

ga_etc
02-23-11, 09:22 PM
There went the sushi I just spent $30 on...and unfortunately, as luck would have it...it was a Sexy Sexy Roll...

You owe me Jemmahbo...

How'd you know what my pet name for him is?

orconn
02-24-11, 12:20 AM
http://www.funnyflash.com/img/funnies/submissions/24/flat_in_florida.jpg

I take it she is referring to the grapefruit!

gdwriter
02-24-11, 03:43 AM
They look more like honeydew melons to me. :rofl:

thebigjimsho
02-24-11, 11:48 AM
watermelons?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-24-11, 07:23 PM
Pumpkins?

RightTurn
02-24-11, 08:54 PM
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z117/sarahw422/1238591378558.jpg

gdwriter
02-24-11, 09:15 PM
^^^ Trying to choose the appropriate fruit metaphor for big tits.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
02-25-11, 01:16 AM
To quote David Spade:

Major League Yabbos.

/thread.

93DevilleUSMC
02-25-11, 01:30 AM
http://www.funnyflash.com/img/funnies/submissions/24/flat_in_florida.jpg

Forget motorboating; I would torpedo that. Repeatedly.