California dreamin’ hits road at auto show

first_imgJesse, 53, a trust manager, wants one painted navy blue. “This is the ultimate, to me. You see it in all the James Bond movies and you just want to buy it – and now I’ve made some extra money and I’m going to buy it,” he said. He learned the car will be available Dec. 5 and vowed that’s the day he’s heading to a dealership. But not everyone was shopping, or cruising supercar nirvana. Santa Clarita resident Andy Goldsmith, friends and family spent the first 90 minutes soaking up all Ford brought to the show this year. Goldsmith settled into the cab of a 2008 Ford Ranger pickup truck and discovered it wasn’t much different from his current 2002 model. An insurance agent, Goldsmith, 32, is a Ford fan and was impressed. “I like it a lot. I have the four-door version. It’s not too big and not too small,” he said. “I’m a standard truck owner. I’m always using it to help people move.” Goldsmith said he’s never had any trouble with the truck and that it’s very reliable. So is he ready to buy a new one? “I’m always looking,” he hedged. For Steve Loya, a 50-year-old truck driver from Pomona, a visit to the Auto Show is like a trip down memory lane. He’s owned five British cars and currently is restoring a 1967 Tiger and a 1958 Austin Healy Bugeye Sprite. So it wasn’t surprising to find him loitering at the Lotus booth. He even got to climb into a blue Exige S Club Racer with black stripes to sample the cockpit fit. “It’s got a little bit more character. And the driver input is a bit more acute,” he said. Not everybody is at the show to check out the cars. Janel Hahn, in a red racing-style dress, handed out calendars featuring Al & Ed’s Auto Sound products. She said working at the Auto Show is a good way to have some fun and make some money. The Van Nuys-based company offers a wide range of products that can kick a car up a notch or two. And on Friday, guys were eager to chat up Hahn. The 20-year-old Dana Point resident is attending Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and scored this gig, which she calls “spokesmodeling,” through her agency, International All-Stars Marketing Co. of Corona. This is fun, she said, but school is serious business. “I’m also working on getting a real-estate license. It’s a good thing to get under your belt,” she said. “It could come in handy some day.” WANT TO GO? WHAT: The Los Angeles Auto Show WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles DATES: Friday through Nov.25 TIMES: Saturdays: 9a.m. to 10p.m. Sundays: 9a.m. to 8p.m. Monday through Wednesday: 11a.m. to 10p.m. Thanksgiving Day: 9a.m. to 8p.m. Nov. 23: 9a.m. to 10p.m. TICKETS: Adults: $10 (cash only) Children 12 and younger: free when accompanied by an adult Seniors (65 and older): $7 Friday through Nov. 22 (cash only) SOURCE: Los Angeles Auto Show160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Thousands were there – some just to look, others with a mind to buy – and large crowds are expected through its wrap-up Nov. 25. The annual event has taken on new significance with its early start, attracting nearly 1,000 new vehicles from 47 manufacturers. Los Angeles residents Jessie and Angela Townes were comparison-shopping, in a big way. They are going to buy a supercar. Angela, 48, a Realtor, was interested in a Bentley. But Jesse, her husband, wanted his dream car, an Aston Martin DB9 Volante. Angela settled into the cockpit of the Aston Martin. Deal sealed. “It’s a wonderful car,” she said, smiling. “It’s the perfect size and styling for me. I could see myself owning it and I love it.” George Elbaum stood first in line for the opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show on Friday, arriving three hours early. The 66-year-old Toluca Lake man’s love affair with cars is so strong, he has been to auto shows across the country, including the big Detroit event, and wanted to see firsthand whether Los Angeles’ new early date, the first show of the season, would bring more pop and sizzle. “I feel a little green today,” said Elbaum, a retired Kodak executive who bought a Ford Mustang convertible after first seeing it at the show and was window-shopping for something new. “I come to the Auto Show every year and I see all the cars. This is such a huge car market. I think everyone would want to be here.” last_img

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