On Oct. 2, we kicked off Motor Trend’s show season at the Anaheim Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Our booth was against the back wall situated between Audi and Maserati of Newport Beach. First to arrive was the 270 mph Hennessey Venom GT. The amount of air it consumes at idle is more than your car inhales at full throttle; needless to say, you can hear it before it enters the building.
Next in was German Tuning with a Brabus CLS 63 and an AC Schnitzer 5 Series. Both cars have been heavily modified with aerodynamic and engine improvements. Brabus can boost the CLS to 850 hp, enough to let it reach 217 mph on the Autobahn. The 5 Series is a 2.0L turbo four cylinder with 320 hp thanks to careful computer tuning and larger exhaust.
J-Star Motors of Anaheim offers a wide variety of new and pre-owned high-end vehicles, and they brought a 2006 Murcielago, a 2014 SportChassis P2-XL, a 2014 Range Rover Autobiography Black and a 2012 Ferrari 599 GTB.
Rob Green of RG Custom Cars recently finished a pro-touring 1969 Camaro SS, and it warranted a spot on the corner of the booth. He popped the hood to reveal a new Chevy Performance E-rod 6.2L crate engine. The already potent small block V8 was topped with a supercharger to generate 770 hp.
Lexani Forged Wheels arrived next with matching yellow Ferraris. Sporting their top of the line wheels, the 458 was parked alongside the Camaro, while the 599 was adjacent to the show’s main entrance. They also were able to shoehorn 24” wheels onto a Bentley Mulsanne and it made quite an impression.
We really appreciate Exotic Eurocars of Woodland Hills for sparing their Aventador Roadster and F12 Berlinetta for the weekend. Everyone needs a powerful V12, so why not have two of them?
RTW Motoring brought a wicked Mansory Cayenne Turbo 958. With almost as much carbon fiber as the Hennessey, their level of improving upon perfection left many attendees speechless.
Last in was a new Airstream Interstate from Airstream Orange County. Built on the rugged Mercedes Sprinter chassis, it is equipped with every conceivable luxury. Most could not fathom how a shower, kitchen, queen size bed and two TVs could be packaged into a roadworthy vehicle. Nineteen MPG on the highway isn’t too shabby either.
We enjoyed our time in Anaheim, but now we must try to figure out how to outdo ourselves next year. Come see another wild display at the Tampa Bay Auto Show Nov. 14, then head over to Winter Park for the thirteenth Annual Concours on Nov. 16. See you there!