Designer Night at the Races #42 – Honda/Acura takes the Lead

It is only fitting that Designer Night at the Races 42nd Event attempts to answer the classic Douglas Adams question; “What is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything?”.  Duh, its “Racing”.  As much as things change, sometimes they stay the same and in this case as Honda took an early lead in Southern California to determine the Fastest Design Studio in the West.


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NAIAS 2015 – Its all about the Trucks

With fuel prices in Detroit dropping below $2.00 a gallon for the first time since I bought a new car with more than 200 horsepower (actually since March 2009), its no surprise that it seems everyone brought a new truck of some sort to Detroit.  In alphabetical order, there was a new compact truck (Tacoma), a full sized truck (Titan), an off road monster (Raptor), an on-road monster (Rebel) and my choice for best truck in show, a Brat wannabe (Santa Cruz). So with the earworm “Its all about the Bass” unable to be cleared from my mind (and scroll to the end if you want to see our new lyrics), let’s go through the trucks at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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MSBE2015 – Return of the Sketchmaster

For the past two years the international automotive design community has come together with the local art and creative community to support local charities and watch Detroit’s preeminent live sketching competition, the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ (MSBE).  This year the event moves from its normal after auto show black-tie date to Tuesday, January 13th after the conclusion of the annual EyesOn Design awards (the event is not affiliated with EyesOn Design).  If you wish to attend, registration details are provided at the endmsbe 2015 e-postcard_final2-page-001

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Paris 2014 – les Femmes

It has become a tradition to highlight Daniele Madia’s photographs of the ambiance, environment and curves of European auto shows in a separate posting.  Far be it for me to break with tradition……..

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Mondail de L’Automobile Paris 2014 by DaniPhotoDesign

Color me a lucky guy!  I get to travel to a few auto shows every year.  I love nothing more that seeing the latest and greatest and debating with colleagues and experts the merits of each.  Unfortunately my budget leaves a little something to be desired, to say nothing of my photographic skills.  In those cases DaniPhotoDesign comes to the rescue.  So sit back, have a glass of wine, and enjoy his talent like I do.

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Registration Opens – Designer Night at the Races™

The last Designer Night at the Races™ events for 2014 are open for registration.  And as usual there are a ton of questions to be answered (like where and when and can I bring a guest).  But perhaps the most important questions are:

  1. Can Chrysler defend its title as the Fastest Design Studio in the East?
  2. Will the two bananas be racing again?  
  3. Who will be the next racer to break a kart frame?
  4. Am I going to be stuck with a bunch of ____ in the Plastic Plate Enduro?   (fill in the blank yourself)

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Not your Average Car Show – Car Battle 2014

The last few car shows I have attended were all pretty much the same flavor (and trust me, few is an understatement, I have been to a bunch).  I say “flavor” because for most shows the ingredients are the same; a nice venue, good weather and a static parking area of cars on display.   The Dream Cruise is a nice change as you can sit and watch them pass you instead of walking through a grass field.  But in the end, its like a TV show – it happens at a distance and if you are lucky the cars stop near you so you can check them out.  If not? good luck with the traffic.  “Enough” said the innovative mind behind the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™, lets have a bonafide Car Battle!


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