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Old 01-21-2003, 07:32 AM   #1
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Well, I was gonna post this during the auto-show to promote it a bit, but now that it is over, I am just gonna talk about it.

I thought it was very good this year. There were many great concepts, and many great all around cars. I was especially impressed with GM'* display. It was very elaborate, two stories tall, with many interactive things to do. Pontiac, in my opinion, had the greatest show, primarily because they are basically getting a new line up.

The Bonneville GXP looks even better in person than in pictures. The SSEi was on the floor to sit in, but they chose a really bad color for it. Oh well, I still got to sit in it.

Here are some select pictures I took.










All of my pictures can be found at http://www.solsblog.com/index.php?go=2003autoshow
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Nice pics...wow, that GXP is sharp! I want on *twitch* *twitch*

Can't wait for the show in Toronto this Feb. The show in Toronto always features a massive room in the south end of the convention centre dedicated to GM products.

I always tend to bee-line to BMW and GM...

Detroit being the granddaddy of car shows, always puts on a great one.

BTW how did that new Mustang look at the show? (Ford has only managed to impress me with the Lincoln LS and the Marauder), so, did they pull it off nicely with the Mustang?
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Mustang is alright. I'm not a big fan of Ford. I got a couple pics of it on my site.
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I know how you feel. And it'* funny too. I showed my friend'* the GXP, and they loved it. They were also the ones that made fun of my Bonnie.
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Ya, most people think it'* too cold inside cause of the leather, when it'* really not, cause as long as youre not naked on the seat, youre fine.
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Hey, what I do on my seats is my business man, stop talking about it...

Anyhow, I was reading and thinking of my own experience. I bought a '93 SSE as a winter car while I was going to restore my '76 GP. As it turned out, I grew to like the SSE a lot better. It was more practical, more comfortable, cheaper to own, and best of all didn't make me look like Pimp Daddy.

I absolutely love my 2000 SSEi. The GP'* are gone now, and I've shot the wad on parts, so I bet the Bonnie will even beat the GP with a 455 in a rat race.
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iRocco,

You had a '76 GP with a "cascade" grill and you got rid of it? That'* too bad, it was a good car (pimp daddy or not). My favorite GP'* are the 1969-1973 followed closely behind are the 74-78. I know that the 73 was the shorter body that the 74-78 are based on, but it was the first car I got to drive by my self (at age eight). Of course the Bonneville is a great car too.
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Brother, I had more than that. It was a 50th anniversary edition, with every option, including climate control, leather seats, and t-tops. Sure, it was cool. I loved it, and poured a lot of work and money into it. But in the end, I came to realize that I could have a cool, fun and practical car all in one package.

All I am saying is, for the cost of what it would have been to restore it, I have a newer car, with better technology, and equivilant performance. Plus, parts are actually available. Just try to find quarter panels for a 73-77 GP. Even if you do, you'd have to pay between 2 and 3 thou just to get them.

Bonnevilles are the way to go for me. Fits the wife and kids and all our luggage too. Couldn't do that in a '76 GP without leaving the huge spare tire behind, and I'd have to turn the radio up just to drown out the sound of the quadrajet sucking all the gas out of the tank.
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LOL, Yeah, those Quadrajet carbs did suck the gas--even with the secondaries closed, the primaries were big enough to ensure bad gas mileage and plenty of intake noise. I still like the Bonneville--and in our situation (family) it is a much better daily driver, But I wouldn't mind having a weekend warrior classic GP or GTO. And once that cancer sets in, those cars get real hungry for the green stuff $$$.
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