First things first.
Only newspaper editors, show organizers, and sign makers who charge by the letter, call the Toronto auto show the “Canadian International Auto Show.”
My first trip to the “Toronto show”, 15 years ago, was a random act of car enthusiasm.
Me and three car buddies, up at 4 a.m. to make the four hour drive from Ottawa to the Skydome. Once there, for the next eight hours we walked, gawked, fought the car geek crowds, and ate bad hot dogs and drank flat Labatts.
After taking in all the latest and greatest on four wheels, our quartet of car nuts then piled into that paragon of highway transportation, a Ford Tempo (NOT MINE!), and made the drive back to the Nation’s Capital. As is the norm, a late winter storm doubled our drive home.
By the time I crawled into bed, it was 2 a.m.
This year’s Toronto show opens to the public next Friday, February 15 at 10:30 am.
Whether your commitment to get there involves a ride on the TTC, or a Tim Bit and double-double-fueled marathon from Ottawa, the Toronto show is always worth the trip.
This year, I’ll be back, but this time as part of this Wednesday’s media herd. Check back here then for on-the-floor industry news updates.
And don’t worry.
I’m sure the hot dogs have improved. But I’d load up on the onions anyway.