2016 The Gallery - Ultra Luxury Automotive Show - MGM Grand Detroit

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We had opportunity to attend The Gallery this past weekend January 9th at MGM Grand Detroit.  This event is a Private Charity event of Ultra-Luxury Automotive show.  Some of the most rare exotics you’ll ever see in one room to kick off the 2016 North American International Auto Show.  

 

This is the 9th year this event has been held with over 7 million worth of exotic vehicles.  One in particular is the Aston Martin DB10 as seen in the latest James Bond Spectre.  This is a concept vehicle and no price has been shared but hints of it exceeding 2.5 million.  There was several other exotic vehicles on display including a pair of Lingenfelter Corvettes, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bently, Rolls, Royce, Ford GT Race Car, Acura NSX, Viper ACR, Range Rover, Falcon F7, and Porsche.

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2015 North American International Auto Show - Media Day 1

As it was a VERY busy day 1 of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), I have finally been able to catch up and give you all a short recap of the first day of media day January 12, 2015. There was over 5700 journalist to attend this year being one of the most attended events of the year.  


First thing that took place to kick of the 2015 North American International Auto Show was the announcement of the Truck and Car of the year.  The North American car of the year was the Volkswagen Golf.  Which it beat out an impressive Hyundai Genesis and a new sporty look of the Ford Mustang.  

 

The North American Truck of the year went to the newly designed Ford F-150.  Beating out the Chevy Colorado and Lincoln MKC.  Both winners were well received and able to brag till 2016.  

 

The biggest news going it to day 1 was the reveal of the new Acura NSX and the Ford GT.  Both were the only manufactures to not spill out what they were showing.  Sunday two manufactures did do a private reveal.  Buick showed of their new 2016 Cascada Convertible after a 25 year absence in the convertible market scheduled to go on sale early 2016 and new Buick Avenir Concept.  

 

The other manufacture to have an early release was the Infinity Q60 Concept.  New look to the future of Infinity.  Below is a video of executive director Alfonso Albaisa discusses the design and inspiration of the design.  

Infinity Q60 Concept

Infinity Q60 Concept

 

It was a busy day for sure as many automakers were getting ready.  There were many reveals made and news giving from just about everyone who presented that day.  Be honest, what stole the day was the reveal of the Acura NSX & Ford GT.  Other manufactures also had big reveals including the new Alfa Romeo 4C & 4C Spyder, Hyundai revealing the new Santa Cruz concept, BMW with the new M6 and convertible, Mercedes GLE, VW Cross Coupe GTE V6 Plug In, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Titan, Ford Raptor and Mustang GT350r, Porsche 911 Targa GTS, Mini Cooper John Cooper, Chevy Bolt, Audi Q7, Bentley Mulsannespeed , Continental GT convertible & Flying Spur W12 and to finish ot Guangzhou GS4. 


As you can see it’s been a busy day.  It truly was a jammed pack day with so much information being given in so little time.  Overall I can see all manufactures making big strives to improving their brands and keeping it affordable for all markets.  The automotive industry has defiantly made it more difficult to chose the best car for you as all make incredible cars.  Below is a recap of the photographs taken from Day 1.  I will be posting individual reveals with more details soon. 

Ford Mustang shelby GT350r drifting into Joe Arena during it's world premier.    Click on image to be re-directed to see rest of NAIAS Day 1.  

Ford Mustang shelby GT350r drifting into Joe Arena during it's world premier.  

Click on image to be re-directed to see rest of NAIAS Day 1.  

Pirelli World Challenge - Day 1 test & Practice - Nascar Nationwide arrival

Thursday June 19, 2014 was the first day of the Pirelli World Challenge, where teams started making noise on the 14 turn road course at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.  Over 70 teams were scheduled to compete in the GT/GTS/GT-A , TC/TCA/TCB & SCCA Pro Trans Am classes, and all were looking to take the top spot on the podium.

#60 Jack Roush Jr - Ford Mustang 302R - Roush Performance - 


Thursday consisted of mainly qualifying sessions for the Pirelli World Challenge participants.  A total of 45 GT/GT-A/GTS and 28 TC/TCA/TCB vehicles perfected their vehicles.  One of the biggest stories was Dyson Racing’s debut of the #08 Bentley Continental GT3 driven by Butch Leitzinger in the GT class.  After being absent for over a decade in North America, Bentley finally returned this weekend.  

#08 Butch Leitzinger - Bentley Continental GT3 - Dyson Racing


Road America is one of the longest and most technical courses in the country.  It has 14 turns and several long stretches that really keep you on your game.  One of my personal favorite turns is coming into turn 6.  It’s an up hill straightaway into a blind left turn right after the Corvette bridge. Each class had two test and practice sessions for teams to adjust to the track.  I saw that many teams made various needed adjustments through out the day. 

#2 Mike Skeen - Audi R8 Ultra - Hawk Performance

#54 Tim Pappas - Mercedes AMG SLS - Black Swan Racing


Later in the day, the Nascar Nationwide participants arrived in a trailer parade, where many fans welcomed them to Road America.  It was a true honor and privilege to have a restored fire engine that responded to 9/11 attacks lead the parade, which was well celebrated by all in attendance.  Couldn’t have asked for a better day for Day 1 of the Pirelli World Challenge and the Nascar Nationwide arrival.  

Click on image to view more photographs from Thursday June 19, 2014 only. 

Click on image to view more photographs from Thursday June 19, 2014 only.