Maserati Villa: Levante test drive. Makes great sounds but fit and finish is lacking. Pre-production model is dissappointing. Horrible miss at X5 5.0i
Aston Martin Brand Experience: Learning about leather and fancy headphones that doesn’t do much for me. I enjoyed by complimentary B&O headset from BMW.
McLaren: 570GT. I am absolutely amazed by speed and comfort can co-exist in one package. It’s a tiny bit confusing on the controls but glass back GT is just a sexy beast.
Porsche Zentrum: The centerpiece this year is the new Panamera unveiling and the 718 launch. The presentation room of the Panamera previews was an oven and we were forced to watch the introduction video sweating a pig before they pulled the covers off the Panamera. In summary super hi-tech Panamera got smarter and faster and 718 is faster but sounds crappier.
The highlight at the Porsche Zentrum was the wonderful catering.
Acrua NSX and MDX:
Host: “Hi our NSX reservation list is full and you are on top of the wait-list meanwhile our MDX test drive is available all day.”
Me: “Thanks I’ll take a water.”
Plenty of candy and B&O headsets are wonderful
M2 fun fun fun
M5 big big big
No love for plugins here
LOTA: The whole nation’s E9 arrived here. Spectator’s traffic is still horrible at best. Keith Martin’s voice is everywhere. Michelin brought out the M123456 display
Alfa Romeo: Guilia is pre-production.... I sat in it because they forgot to lock it. I am in love with the Alfa 4C. It makes all the right noises and back to basic manual steering. I’ll need a lumbar support pillow to drive it. ohhh the coffee and sparkling rose is amazing.
Infiniti: One Republic concert. Hired talents on stage and off stage. Older PB crowd didn’t care but they only focused on the wine-tasting.
Asilomar Conference Center is great place
Cadillac: XT5 and CT6 test drive. Video camera RVM is the future. We need this in all new cars so my wife doesn’t need to adjust her seat to my mirror setting. I didn’t have time for the Cadillac Villa where there are supposed to have yummy food from Michelin star chefs
Lexus: LC500 and LC500h ... hello concept car nothing to drive.
Laguna Seca: Vintage car racing FTW!
Dinner with friends
Laguna Seca: Old F1 racing FTW!