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2015 North American International Auto Show

 

 

2016 Ford GT Conquers North American International Auto Show

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Ford GT officially stole the auto show.

 

by Mike Wrathell
mwrathell@yahoo.com

 

 

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DETROIT -- One of the cool things about going to the auto show on a press pass is the swag. Someone from Hitachi gave me a red toy replica of an Indy-style car with “Hitachi” printed on it. I gave it to a lady on the People Mover on the ride back to Greektown. I had lunch at the Golden Fleece and asked a man at the table next to me if he knew who had to grab the world-famous fleece. He had no idea. Luddites. C'mon, people! It was Jason – with a little help from his friends: the Argonauts! The moussaka was great, by the way....

Anyway, as soon as I walked onto the main floor of the show, I was drawn to the Bentleys. The purple convertible was truly magnificent! If I had 300K to drop, that baby would be mine!

Then I checked out the new Corvette. It was impressive. 650 horsepower. But GM sort of leaves me cold these days what with the bailout and all – and all the people who lost their life savings. Denny McLain will never even make the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame because of his financial legerdemain, but all is forgiven for Obama Motors? Really?

There are two sets of standards. One for poor saps like you and me, and another for big corporations and rich celebrity types. That's not right. If you had old GM stock, you can take a hike up that crazy steep north face in Yosemite. If you have the new GM stock, the feds back it up with Fort Knox and money from Chinese dogskin glove child labor sweatshops. Yeah, right. You know where you can shove that new GM stock!

After I wistfully checked out the Maseratis in honor of Joe Walsh of the Eagles, and a beautiful Hyundai crossover concept SUV, I made my way to my ultimate destination. You can probably guess it if you're good at reading comprehension. Ford! Yes, Ford, the only large American car and truck company that had the financial acumen to keep its belly facing the ground and not the sky like an overturned turtle when the bubble broke in the fall of 2008 right during an interview Palin botched with Hamster Monthly.

So, I admit there's a soft spot in my heart for Ford. They even still employ a lady model named Tizzie I met on the set of “Gran Torino” in July of 2008. All the lady models at Ford and Lincoln were beautiful and friendly. One Lincoln model named Brittany shared a chuckle or two with me after I told her and a male counterpart a somewhat ribald anecdote. And, no, Britt, it didn't happen to me! Thank God! LOL! I just happened to hear the harrowing tale of a man and his mollusk!

Walking blithely (and reluctantly) away from stunningly blonde Brittany, I came to the 2015 Mustang. There's a special place in my heart for the Mustang.

When I flew to Florida in 2006 to see the rocket launch to Pluto (arriving at the icy orb this Bastille Day), I rented a blue Mustang. It got me to Cocoa Beach from Orlando faster than you can say François Rabelais, the great satirist of the French Renaissance who penned the great Gargantua and Pantagruel. It had Sirius satellite radio, too; so, I got to listen to Howard Stern's command of French for the first time.

The 2015 Mustang looks much more space-age than the 2006 edition. It's shiny and new and looks pretty fast.

But this year, something else from Ford has stolen its thunder. The Ford GT is a real show-stopper. Like Jim Morrison, or Jimi Hendrix, or Michael Jackson, or Janis, when the GT is on stage, all eyes are trained on it in complete and utter mesmerization. Transfixed is too weak a word.

Ford has brought back the GT after decades of mothballedness, and plans to run one in the great “24 Hours of Le Mans” race in France this summer, made famous in America by the great actor Steve McQueen.

The GT, I must say, is captivating. Even the BBC wrote a story about its surprise appearance in Detroit. By George, I think Ford has hit a bloody home run!

Oh, and speaking of sports, Ford, who owns the Lions, should listen to me here! Draft Javorius Allen of USC for the Lions! He looks like a great running back! And I spotted Marshawn when he was still at Cal!

Ford really does have a better idea, GM. Stay solvent. Make more than one cool car. Make those cool cars affordable. Don't spend more money than you take in. Don't treat money like it's from a Monopoly game. And honor your debts. Blowing off the holders of your “old” stock is shameful and unforgivable. I'm almost embarrassed to own a Pontiac; but, at least it's pre-2008.

Sorry. Okay. I'm off the soap box. Enjoy the auto show!

Thanks for showing me the new Lincoln MKXs, Brittany! The red one looks awesome! Wanna go for a ride? One of those puppies would be perfect for a trip to Alaska in the winter to see the Northern Lights. Best time of year to see them and you need a good 4 by 4 to do so. No Escalades for me!

Lastly, I'd be sorely remiss if I weren't to mention something else awesome about Ford. They had a beautiful display of plants, trees, and grasses they use to “offset 300,000 pounds of oil-based resin per year,” “to re-use the annual waste from two million tons of tomatoes,” and “to save an estimated five million pounds of petroleum annually.” That's right. Ford is using oil from Kenaf, a tropical plant, in the Ford Escape, “tomato skins, seeds, and stems” for storage bins, etc., soybean oil for foam seats cushions and head restraints, wheat fiber to make plastic stronger and lighter in the Flex, dandelion extract to strengthen plastic for cup holders, floor mats, and interior trim, and coconut husks in storage and trim parts.

The display also features our state tree, the White Pine, and a beautiful and exotic (for this Michigander) Siberian Spruce! Bravo, Ford! You rock! And, hey, don't forget about Javorius!

Related Stories: Buick introduces its first convertible in 25 years -- the Cascada at the 2015 NAIAS; Evolving luxury vehicle market discussed at 27th SAA Auto Outlook Conference; GM CEO Mary Barra; Ryan Hunter-Reay wrap up 2015 Automotive News World Congress

 

 

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

This is the view of the Ford GT before it leaves you in the dust.

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

Kenaf is one of many plants Ford is using in the production of their vehicles.

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

Placards explain the uses plants are put to by Ford.

 

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