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Old 23rd March 2009, 16:12   #16
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I posted pics of spec sheets of some vehicles.
First off, wonderful pics SAP. Looks like you enjoyed thoroughly. Nice of you to put up the spec sheets and the pics.

Nice interior pic of the rally subaru.
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Old 23rd March 2009, 16:14   #17
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The Genesis looks wicked, huh. I bet it was even more impressive in person. While Hyundai is climbing upward, it seems to be the other way around for Jaguar. The XF looks like the most non-Jag Jaguar I've seen in the last decade. Slum times for Detroit...I bet the motor show spirit was a li'l subdued?

Thanks for sharing the stunning pictures.
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good pics, mate. enjoyed them.
love the white jag xf and the black c63 amg, it looks insane.
EDIT:no Italian exotics in the auto show??

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Awesome pics dude.Must admire your patience to take so many photos from all angles.
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Great pics sAP.
I was for a while admiring the RX-8 , it being my favorite in NFS. Kudos to your effort on organizing and posting these pics for us!
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Thanks for Posting the pics in such vivid detail. Awesome!!
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Old 24th March 2009, 04:16   #22
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Its great to know you love the pictures.

Well this year was unlike what you think, a little less involving I would say. Simply because I did not get the chance to sink into each car; engage in conversation with the assets that were promoting the car (*wink*); or get the personal touch and feel experience. My focus was entirely on bringing back something to my community -- you guys out there back in team-bhp who I know would have loved to be here. (For all you know, I might go back another day before it ends and indulge myself) But this one's just for you. And far more satisfying that just being there.

Now, let me try and answer some of the questions some of you had:

Unfortunately I do not have any Toyota pics. The only one I have of Toyota is that of the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) stock/nascar driven by Brian Vickers at the Nascar Sprint cup series. Underneath its a Camry Racing V8, 850 hp, carburetor engine with a 4-speed manual. I know this isn't quite going to satisfy in what you were looking for, but this is all I have (See below).

Mitsubishi did not have a display this year. I would have loved to capture the new EVO. They were here last year though.

No italian exotics, either. There was a Chrysler concept, but just a piece without a reputation or lineage.

Many exotics do not make it to the MN auto show probably because this is a near 6-month winter/snow state. Mainstream Porsche and exotic buyers are few since they have to garage it for nearly half a year. Porsche did have a display but I completely missed it on one of the far corners of the convention center (). I did test drive a 2007 911 last fall from the dealership and I can't say I was impressed. It was skittish and that rear end feels heavy unlike the well-balanced BMW 3-series or Infinity G35. For that matter the BMW 545i with the V8 feels front-end heavy too (and now there's the 550i). But I would have loved to capture the insane 911 GT2 and possibly the Panamera if they were there.

Anybody want to have a look at the Chevy Cobalt SS Turbo? Its a puny little average looking car that was recorded eating the EVO MR, the ISF (Lexus), the Lotus Elise, the STI, the VW R32 and the G37 for breakfast at the Virginia International Raceway (a 4.2 mile road course) last year. The last pic in yellow. D-uh! (I can post laptimes if you like).

Keep posting your feedback or questions. I'll answer them as much as I can. Pls. excuse if I miss any.

Have fun.
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Old 24th March 2009, 04:37   #23
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Sorry the pics in my last post aren't in the right order.
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Sorry the pics in my last post aren't in the right order.
Thanks for the pictures, ordering doesn't matter.

Surprised to see only one car from Toyota.
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I thought I was seeing things when I saw the thread title! Who would have thought a Minneapolis Auto Show thread on T-BHP. I'll be going to the show in the next couple days, thanks for the preview.

BTW, there are tons of exotics in MN. Generally it's a 8 month season for nice cars here(Dec-March are out).

If you want to see some, come to the Cars and Coffee events starting April 3. You'll be shocked how many exotics we have.
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I frankly haven't seen any exotics here in the past 14 months. A 2-day trip to Houston and I saw a lot of action there. Anyway, its good to know they aren't extinct here . Can you post (or PM) the address of the event you're talking about? There certainly aren't any at the Auto show.

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Thanks for the pictures, ordering doesn't matter. Surprised to see only one car from Toyota.
Toyota was there with their full lineup, just that I don't have any pictures of them. Neither do I have any of Honda, Lincoln/ Mercury, GMC, Pontiac, Chrysler, Saturn, Saab or VW -- which were present as well.
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dam, how does the driver sit in such a cramped cockpit driving at insane speeds for a long time
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I frankly haven't seen any exotics here in the past 14 months. A 2-day trip to Houston and I saw a lot of action there. Anyway, its good to know they aren't extinct here . Can you post (or PM) the address of the event you're talking about? There certainly aren't any at the Auto show.

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I have lived here my whole life, believe me, we have a large amount of exotics in this city. Come to cars and coffee and you'll get a small taste of what we have. Every month there are different cars, so most of us make sure to keep going. The first month may be a little slow because it may still be chilly, but I'm sure people will be antsy to get their cars out, so you never know what will show up.

It is the first Saturday of every month, rain or shine, at this location:

AutoMotorPlex - MPLS

Also, you may like some of the cars I have in my shop, if you want to stop by let me know(shop is in Blaine).

Regards,
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The Genesis looks wicked, huh. I bet it was even more impressive in person. While Hyundai is climbing upward, it seems to be the other way around for Jaguar. The XF looks like the most non-Jag Jaguar I've seen in the last decade. Slum times for Detroit...I bet the motor show spirit was a li'l subdued?

Thanks for sharing the stunning pictures.
I have been driving the Coupe and the Sedan the last couple day.. Very very nice cars.

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I frankly haven't seen any exotics here in the past 14 months. A 2-day trip to Houston and I saw a lot of action there. Anyway, its good to know they aren't extinct here . Can you post (or PM) the address of the event you're talking about? There certainly aren't any at the Auto show.

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I have lived here my whole life, believe me, we have a large amount of exotics in this city. Come to cars and coffee and you'll get a small taste of what we have. Every month there are different cars, so most of us make sure to keep going. The first month may be a little slow because it may still be chilly, but I'm sure people will be antsy to get their cars out, so you never know what will show up.

It is the first Saturday of every month, rain or shine, at this location:

AutoMotorPlex - MPLS

Also, you may like some of the cars I have in my shop, if you want to stop by let me know(shop is in Blaine).

Regards,
Momin
Not sure if you made it out today sAP, but it was a great showing. Much better then expected considering the temps and it's the first event of the season. Bunch of Ferrari's(probably 10+?), probably 4 R8's, Ford GT's, Nissan GTR, Turbo NSX, Tons of Porsches(but the best were the Ruf CTR 2 and the Strosek widebody), and tons and tons of other nice cars(probably 150+? high end cars, and 150+? spectator cars).

Next month should be even better.

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