Javitz NY Auto Show

New York International Auto Show

Javitz Center April 14-23, 2017

Photos by Bob Stegmaier

Story by Alan DeFend

As part of an evaluation of SUVs recently, a major car magazine said the selection included “everybody’s everything.”  The same could be said of the cars, displays and awards at the 2017 New York International Auto Show in April – the oldest (Over 100 years running) and largest (Over 1 million visitors) auto show in the US.  Whether you were interested in mainline sedans, SUVs, trucks, specialty service providers, or vintage vehicles with a New York connection, you’d find them among the almost 1000 vehicles and the most spectacular displays of any auto show anywhere.

Toyota won the Nielson best ad award for its Prius production featuring a chase scene.  Jaguar was the big winner of the Auto Show World Car Awards with its 2018 F-Pace SUV garnering both the Design award and the Auto Show Car of the Year.

Among more than a dozen manufacturer press conferences, Toyota and Jeep stood out with Jeep stealing the show.  It’s no secret that, in spite of sales of electric vehicles up almost 40 %  in the last year, and Motor Trend naming the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt it’s ‘Car of the Year’, the public is telling manufactures to make more trucks and SUVs with more power and innovative equipment.  Fiat-Chrysler heard that message pretty loudly and responded with its supercharged 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with more than 700 horsepower rocketing to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.  At its press conference, Jeep brought out the Trackhawk lashed, front and back, to a frame with a pair of rollers for each wheel.  On command, the driver fired it up and began accelerating while a screen showed the speed.  To an amazed, some might say terrified audience, the SUV accelerated past 150 mph topping out at a blazing 180 mph on the stage.

If 707 HP isn’t enough, you could go for the new Challenger SRT Demon with 840 HP, if you switch to high octane from a separate tank.  You might also want to check the box for the smaller front wheels that you can install after driving to the strip.

For those with more refined and expensive tastes, Lincoln introduced its new Navigator, which it finally redesigned after years of earning huge money on modestly changed models.  You might also be interested in having Lincoln bring any of its cars to your home for a test drive.  After you own one, you could engage a screened chauffeur to take you for a ride.  You could also tell your Amazon Echo where you want to go and have Alexa send the instructions to your car.

Big Power Racing, Bayshore, NY, had a beautiful display of its modified cars and trucks that brought to life its motto of “You Dream It We Can Build It.” One of the models who accompanied the display was Miss Full Throttle 2017, Adriana Amaya.  Grant Jones of ProCharger displayed and explained his company’s range of products from belt driven to exhaust driven boosters.   BPR’s owner, Chris Lange, said BPR offers packages ranging from intake mods and dyno tune, to custom built engines and fuel systems with supercharger, turbo or nitro kits and full custom stainless exhausts.

Motorcycles may have been in short supply among the vehicles on display, but the star was Honda’s CBR 100RR, and there were plenty of trucks to haul them, which were displayed in a large part of one floor of the Javitz Center.

Among the vintage and special interests cars were police cars and motorcycles, but the highlights of the older cars were from the Saratoga Automobile Museum.  An Alco-6 Racer that won the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races on Long Island was in amazing condition.  A vintage air-cooled Franklin sedan could compete in the preservation class at any car show, and it shared space with a 1947 Playboy roadster.

This show is a must-do for car guys and gals.  Check www.autoshowny.com for details on the 2018 show.  To see almost 500 photos of the show, please check out www.SilverFoxStudios.US  and look in the client events tab NYC Auto Show.