It seemed like only yesterday but it was February 28, 2020 when the Geneva Motor Show was canceled. With millions in booth displays already spent and cars shipped from around the globe, the show was axed just four days before doors opened on March 3 due to the pandemic. All major international auto shows have had to cancel at least one (Detroit hasn’t been held in traditional form in almost three years) since then.
This past week the Los Angeles Auto Show opened, but it was a sad affair. Only 16 major brands had booths, compared to 31 in 2019. Many are predicting the death of the auto show. The dealer-run tire-kicking type will probably still exist, but the kind where OEMs flashily unveil breathtaking cars and the let the public view them on rotating turntables — the kind where many of us felt our first pangs of automotive love — is probably over.
What’s your fondest auto show memory?
The best comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your fondest memory of the Acura Integra?”
The Integra meant a lot of things to different people, and in fact its excellence at so many things was a big part of its charm. David, for example, had a story for every generation, including the RSX, that was basically its own coming-of-age story. Walter and Negishi no Keibajo had memories of family matriarchs driving them.
Like many of us, Styles had his eyes (and ears) opened to Soichiro Honda’s brilliance thanks to a single unforgettable pull. Yuri relayed an absolutely heartbreaking story of a spoiled kid’s GS-R while CycoPablo gave us another sad tale of having to part with one because of a non-stick-driving companion. Meanwhile dankan illustrates perfectly why certain cars still draw us in no matter how unpractical.
This week’s winner is Taylor, whose laundry list of mods brings us back to the tuner heyday and helps explain the new Integra’s lack of love from fans:
It was the third-generation Integra that really brought me into the import tuning scene. Since I obviously couldn’t “pay to play” I was relegated to high school levels of car customization, namely clear corners, fuba antennas, cutting springs, the squash air fresheners, fog lights, and racing stickers galore. The latest issue of Bay Area’s then “Tuning Concept” magazine, going to the car shops to look at the shiny exhausts, hiding the car magazines behind our textbooks in class…
If you say the word “Integra,” it will definitely spark the 90s for me.
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