Category Archives: Shows

January 20

The Agony and the Ecstasy: Detroit Auto Show 2016

First, the agony: average temperature during my stay in Detroit was 18 degrees. My face is chapped from the cold, and my legs ache from walking/standing for 4-5 hours straight two days in a row. Boo hoo. Now, the ecstasy: Detroit Auto Show, baby! I just spent Monday and Tuesday treating the Detroit Auto Show (or, […]

January 13

Detroit or Bust!

It’s official…Motorista is taking the 2016 North American International Auto Show by storm! As I have every year since 2012 (with the sad exception of last year), I am headed to Detroit for two full days (Monday and Tuesday) of auto show goodness. The press days took place earlier this week, so there’s already a […]

April 25

Red Poppy Car Show, 4/25/15

It’s nice when there’s a car show that is walking distance from your house. Slightly fewer logistics than, say, Detroit. That being said, Thing 1 accompanied me and pretty much bossed me around the whole time, so I didn’t get very many photos of all the classic cars lining the main drag in my town. […]

February 21

Cars and Coffee Austin – February 8, 2015

Okay, enough sad! Let’s get back to happy, aka Cars and Coffee, from two weeks ago. Spyker C8 Spyder McLaren P1 Scenes And then the Italians took over… Thank you for your indulgence. Never look a Camaro directly in the eye. My favorite car there, of course. The SRT Viper racer.  

February 01

Teach ’em Young, Teach ’em Right

Hi, race fans! I’ve missed you! There’s plenty to talk about – both cars and life – but I just had to share a delightful development in the care and feeding of my young protege, Auto Buddy. You may remember Auto Buddy from his W Hotel rappeling observations and his impudent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. […]

October 04

British Invasion, Year Two – a Longhorn Barbecue

[DISCLAIMER: No longhorns were barbecued.] Last Sunday, I spent my second year in a row as a judge at the Texas All British Car Days car show. Yes, all attorneys like to play judge for a day. But, as cool as my newfound (and temporary) author-i-tie was, the best part was getting to see all […]

September 30

The British are Coming!

For the second year in a row, I experienced a British Invasion. Expect a full post on the experience later this week. In the meantime, here’s a taste. Also, there were longhorns. And beer. What’s not to love?

August 13

New Gigs

Hey, race fans! I’m still here – really. Life stays busy, and then gets busier, so it’s hard to blog every day or every other day, like I have always tried to do. I’m not complaining – it’s good to be busy. But I didn’t forget about you! Other than real-life work, I’m up to […]

May 18

Cars and Coffee Austin – May 18, 2014

Today was a beautiful day for a little driving and car ogling, and I made the most of it. Up early (for me), camera in hand, I headed off to Cars and Coffee for a sensory feast. There was a great mix of cars today – classic, modern, used, new, exotic, exotic in a painful […]

April 25

Why Jean Jennings Rocks (Also More NY Auto Show)

I’ve talked plenty about Jean Jennings, including how she inspired me and how I’ve gotten to do such cool things with her Jean Knows Cars team (including writing about the 2014 Detroit Auto Show – here and here!). But now you have a chance to see for yourself why Jean is so good at what she […]

April 23

Want to Tour the New York Auto Show?

I could have saved all that energy I spent pining for New York. The New York International Auto Show teamed up with Google Maps to create a virtual preview of the show. Seriously. Pop yourself a little popcorn and sit down at your computer screen for your very own private screening of the New York […]

April 16

Pining for New York…

Like the dead parrot in Monty Python, I’m pining for the fjords New York. The New York Auto Show, that is. I received an amazingly generous offer of VIP tickets for tomorrow but, hey. It’s logistically complicated and ever so slightly expensive to be a globe-trotting Motorista. So I’m sitting this one out, and living vicariously […]

March 09

Seen in Detroit: BMW M4

M3. For BMW fans – or, indeed, car fans in general – that name connotes everything we love about cars: power, speed, handling, balance, the perfect companion for the road ahead. At least, it used to. As the high-performance version of BMW’s venerable 3-series, the M3 has appeared variously as a sedan, coupe or convertible […]

March 06

Geneva Motor Show: the Lowdown

The Geneva Motor Show has come and gone…but fear not! My friends over at Automobile Magazine have great coverage of the show that was. See here for their take on the hits, misses and revelations of Geneva. Having read their analysis and scoured the web for all the info on Geneva, here are my impressions […]

March 04

Geneva!

The Geneva Motor Show is happening! Alas, I am not there. However, I have been keeping up with the gossip, and will have plenty of opinions and news to share, including cars/concepts from McLaren, Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Mazda, Jeep and Maserati. Of course, it’s already 10 p.m. and I have still have things to […]

March 01

Esotico Italiano – Classic Lamborghinis

Yes, I’m still talking about the Esotico Italiano (if this is your first time hearing about it, read this and this). But I really thought the classic Lambos deserved their very own post. And so, without further ado…automotive insanity!!   2001 Diablo:               1991 Diablo:         […]

February 28

Classic Lamborghinis: the Teaser

It’s been a loooong week. No time for blogging. Consider this a down payment on tomorrow’s post:       See you soon!

February 25

Esotico Italiano – the Ferraris

Pardon the interruption – I promised you this post yesterday, then got sidetracked by life. Without further ado, the Ferraris from Esotico Italiano! (You can find the Lamborghinis here.)     There were Ferraris of all ages – and mostly in red. 😉 Stripes!   More stripes!   I really liked this 328 GTB. Classic […]

February 23

Esotico Italiano – the Lamborghinis

Well, tomorrow was worth it! The Esotico Italiano show at the Oasis brought together more Lamborghinis (and Ferraris…and a DeTomaso!) than I have ever seen in one place before. And more orange. It was heavenly. Almost as fun as looking at and photographing the cars myself was watching little boys run breathlessly from one car […]

February 22

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

There’s a big Italian car show at the Oasis tomorrow. (Remember the Oasis, the site of Cars and Coffee?) Called the Esotico Italiano Automobile Showcase, and part of the 2014 Texas Running of the Bulls, this event is hosted by Lamborghini Club Texas and sounds just like what I would select if heaven was made-to-order. […]

February 21

Audi TT Inspiration: the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept

As promised, here is the vehicle that allegedly foreshadows many design cues for the 2015 Audi TT: the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept, shown at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The distinctive Audi grille Do those headlights look a little familiar? (Hint: check the TT sketches.)       The details are amazing – look […]

February 20

2015 Audi TT – Revealed…Sort Of

In timing that conveniently anticipates its early-March debut at the Geneva Motor Show, sketches of the all-new 2015 Audi TT have “mysteriously” appeared online. Today, you get the sketches. Tomorrow, you get photos of the vehicle that surprisingly foreshadows many of the expected TT design cues. 🙂     Potentially the most awesome headlight ever. […]

February 19

Seen in Detroit – Wheels

I seem to have a thing for wheels. And shifters, gauges and headlights. I always end up with a bunch of photos of car bits and pieces, rather than, oh, you know, the whole car! But what can I say? I like the artsy bits. Here’s a collection of the wheels I saw at the […]

February 10

Seen in Detroit – Race Cars!

Proof that you can take a car girl off the racetrack, but you can’t take the racetrack out of her heart: hundreds of cars to see in Detroit, and my favorites were still the race cars. Like the new Corvette C7.R. Hot, no? It drives the regular Corvette Stingray up the wall.   Mazda’s 2014 […]

February 09

Cars and Coffee Austin – February 9, 2014

Cars and Coffee – possibly the greatest concept in the history of time. And I don’t even like coffee. It’s a pretty basic idea – get a bunch of cars and car enthusiasts together for a laid-back, unofficial car show. The event, which originated in California (I think?), is actually franchised out to various locations, […]