One-Tank Trip for Jan. 13/18
(c) By Jim Fox
Sun Media/Postmedia News
All roads lead to Detroit as that “new car smell” permeates downtown Cobo Center.
Some 800,000 people will make the trek to the “Motor City” for the 30th annual North American International Auto Show from Jan. 20 to 28.
It launches with the “party of the year” for auto aficionados and the industry putting on the glitz at the lavish Charity Preview on Jan. 19.
|Mugging for the camera beside a Bentley Continental GT worth $260,000 US. (Jim Fox photo)|
That’s when thousands of formally clad, would-be auto barons admire the latest models in a high-society event.
For this sneak preview, some 15,000 people pay $400 US each to attend the three-hour, black-tie affair in support of children’s charities.
They sip champagne, munch on hors d’oeuvres and will be entertained by the iconic Detroit Motown group, the Four Tops.
While strutting their stuff, attendees slip behind the wheel of some of the world’s most exotic vehicles and pose for photos.