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Auto Show in Lauderdale

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The 2014 Corvette Stingray

The Ft. Lauderdale Auto Show, which ends on Mar 23, has something for everyone. Those looking to see the newest cars have a few treats in store, while those who prefer the oldies will be dazzled by some of the finest cars ever made.

The best-looking new car at the show is a blue Corvette. The new 2014 model was recently praised to the skies by Autoweek editor Wes Raynal.

"On rare occasions, at least one car premieres at an auto show that absorbs all the light and air in the building, that takes our breath away, and takes every one of our editors' votes without debate. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is that car.
The photo here shows Ft. Lauderdale resident Dr. Emanuele, who has owned more than a dozen Corvettes. liked the sleeker lines of the new model, but said he would like a shorter vehicle, more like the original Corvettes from the early 60s. Most of all he expected to see an even more radical change in this new model compared to the last one.

The Dusenberg from the rearThe Dusenberg from the rearThe show had downsides. The BMW display did not include its eye-catching Z4 sports car, and when I attended on Friday I was told that the Dodge-Chevrolet people did not show up to talk about their vehicles on opening day Thurs., or on Friday. I don't know if they eventually made an appearance.

Ford showed off a Mustang prototype, which remained locked, and Jaguar had several of its vehicles on display. No dealer had super-expensive models in the show. The highest price Jaguar on show was about $85K, but they go up to about $175K for the top of the line. I did not see any Rolls Royce or Bentley cars in the show.

Probably the most expensive car in the show was an old Dusenberg, one of the most strikingingly beautiful cars ever made. The description mentioned a very similar car valued at $2 million. It was a sad reminder of what a real car used to be, but for those who believe modern is best there are many choices on offer.  The auto show is being held at the Broward County Convention Centre, near Port Everglades.

Clifford Cunningham

Dr. Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist. He earned his PhD in the history of astronomy at the University of Southern Queensland, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. In 2014 he was named a contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the author of 14 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honor in 1990 by the International Astronomical Union based on the recommendation of its bureau located at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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