Anxiously Awaiting Fresh Fast Fabulous

2013 Auto Shows – Detroit and Chicago


There are at least three can’t miss reveals I am looking forward to seeing. And a DARPA connection as well.

Although The 2013 MINI Paceman JCW has been officially unveiled ahead of its official debut next month at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show (2012NAIAS), I am anxious to get behind the wheel.

And speaking of behind the wheel, the 2013 Chicago Auto Show (2013CAS) will have more opportunities for me to get behind the wheel – or not as it may turn out to be.  It is rumored that I just might get chauffeured around a bit by a driverless car!  The Google Drives Project meshes nicely with by continuing Blog describing all manner of self-propelled robotics.

The Google driverless vehicle was a project launched in 2005 by – you guessed it – DARPA. (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency- see my latest blog)

As in years past, the first day of the Media Preview in Chicago will feature a number of manufacturer-related press events, including confirmed conferences from BMW, Chevrolet, Kia, Nissan, Ram, Shelby, Toyota and Volkswagen.


The Economic Club of Chicago will return to host a luncheon event featuring guest speaker Henrik Fisker, co founder, executive chairman, and chief designer at Fisker Automotive.

Fisker co-founded Fisker Automotive in August 2007.  From 2001 to 2005, Fisker held prominent design positions at Ford Motor Company. He was creative director at Ingeni, Ford’s Londonbased design and creativity center.

At Aston Martin he served as a member of the board of directors and design director. There he designed the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and was responsible for the production launch design of the DB9, variants of which were James Bond’s preferred vehicles.

2012 Fisker Karma

“I am delighted to have the chance to talk about the unique

story of Fisker Automotive to such an influential group. The

dream I had of bringing an environmentally conscious luxury sedan

from a concept to reality has been fulfilled by the DB9 and I

look forward to sharing some of that experience and insight with this

distinguished audience,” said Fisker.

Technori Pitch

Creative thinkers with brilliant, revolutionizing ideas bring their blueprint plans for success to Technori Pitch and,for the first time, to the Chicago Auto Show Media Preview.  Technori Pitch is a monthly event where Chicago’s most innovative companies have the chance to pitch their latest technologies before an audience of entrepreneurs, executives and enthusiasts.

This year, Chicago entrepreneurs will take the stage at the Social Media Preview to present their automotive-related innovations to manufacturers and media alike.

And of course there is the First Look For Charity!

Peek for Charity
First Look for Charity 2012CAS




2013NAIAS public dates are January 14-27, 2013, COBO Center


2013CAS public dates are February 9-18, 2013, McCormick Place



Douglas Black
Douglas Black

Having more than 30 years experience in the green and sustainable building field, Douglas Black has dedicated the past 20 years to energy efficiency in the built environment.

Mr. Black is a high performance car enthusiast, always with an ear to the pavement for what’s fast and new.  He began blogging enerficiency On The Road in 2001, and now continues reporting from Auto Shows and Swap Meets at his Hot Flying Rats! blog –

He also uses his MagicEightBall to predict sporting outcomes and shares on his blog

Photography is a lifelong passion for Douglas Black, and while not capturing enthusiastic smiles at Wrigley Field and other sports venues around Chicago, he captures moments in the built environment.

And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.




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