Chicago Auto Show 2014

Chicago Auto Show 2014

by Mark Zimmerman

The Midwest has had a crushing winter of storms, making it tough to do anything car related unless you have a nice heated shop or love plowing snow. This made the Chicago Auto Show a great car oasis in a fairly dull and snow filled winter. And while I was looking forward to checking out the new model year vehicles and seeing some show cars, I wasn’t prepared for just how much of an event this has become.  I tend to go to a car show every few years, and a bunch of vehicles in a huge convention center has become the norm. What I wasn’t ready for were all the events several of the automotive manufacturers put together to engage the public. So let’s see what caught my eye.

 

I am not very brand driven, but I really like the C7 Corvette. I was looking forward to sitting to see how comfortable it felt. So, first stop was Chevy, and they did not disappoint with 4 C7s, a Z06 on stage and a C7.R tucked away in the corner.  The cockpit of the C7 was great and I plan to test drive one soon.

 

The C7 Convertible.
The Z06 with its crazy front splitter.

Chevy also had a slew of Camaros, including the return of Z/28 with a 427 small block. The blacked out Z/28 looked toyish with the monstrous tires, wheel arches, and huge wing in the back. The ZL1 is much more reserved in comparison.

 

The 427 Z/28 – I wonder if the first one in 1968 appeared so outlandish.

 

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