OC Car Culture Revs Up for the OC Auto Show
Gary Numan sang about contemplative isolation in the 1980s one-hit-wonder "Cars," Ric Ocasek was the lead singer of The Cars, Janis just wanted papa to buy her a Mercedes Benz, and Prince once swooned over a Little Red Corvette. Yes, we Americans love our cars.
The Beach Boys, the poster band for Southern California sound sang a lot about beaches but had a couple of hits about cars, as evident by the classics "409," "Still Cruisin" (one of my favorites) and "Fun, Fun, Fun."
In Orange County, we have an extreme love affair with the automobile. Iconic images of a convertible car cruising down Pacific Coast Highway (a.k.a. PCH, Highway 1) graces many a postcard. but beyond that, it's about the machines themselves.
From main boulevards and downtowns to the Anaheim Convention Center, just Google "car show and Orange County" and you'll find a host of events throughout the year.
In fact, the Orange County International Auto Show begins today, ushering in the latest and greatest vehicle models for the coming year.
But the OC International Auto Show has also evolved over the years, just like the models themselves. The show will feature a selection of custom and "tricked out" vehicles. The show is also now taking advantage of the extensive convention center space - indoor and out - to provide ample opportunities to take some of those 2013s for a test spin.
A definite standout is the Jeep Test Track, which pits 4x4 drivers to experience these vehicles' off-road capabilities with a track that includes logs, stumps, angled drive-over and an 18-foot high, 35-degree "Jeep Mountain."
Children need not worry as the mini Power Wheel Jeeps (battery-operated, pint-sized versions) will also be available to get their motors running.
And if that doesn't get the kiddies enthused, there will also be the special opportunity for a meet and greet with special guests - coming all the way from Cybertron (also known as Universal Studios® Hollywood) - The Transformers' Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (check the site for appearance schedule).
If you don't get your fill this weekend with the new vehicles and custom rides or if being in the midst of all the fine automobiles on the show room floor inspires you to make a purchase, you might want to check out the Mecum Auction taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center, November 15-17, where many classic muscle cars and vintage hot rods will be available for purchase - to the highest bidder!