If a picture speaks a thousand words, a video must speak a million..
We had an absolute blast covering the Los Angeles Auto Show last week – but then again, how could we not? Amazing weather, stunning cars and some very exciting vehicle reveals were all on tap in sunny California, and even though we had to spend most of our time indoors there was plenty to keep us busy. Close to 15 hours of filming and around 10 hours of editing over the course of two days allowed us to post 16 videos before the show was closed on Thursday. We even managed to get out and see a little bit of Hollywood before being shipped back to the frozen tundra – check out our video for a behind-the-scenes peek!
We traveled half way across the country to a place we all had never been to attend one of the premiere auto shows in the entire world. We started off not knowing what to expect but what we found was surprisingly wonderful. Hollywood California, people walking and running every direction and cars inside the convention center that I used to dream about as a child. Here I was in the middle of it all with the chance to jump in and out of the cars, take pictures with everything I thought was cool and shoot videos of some of the best cars in the world. Needless to say my experience at the Los Angeles Auto Show was one I will never forget and something I hope to attend again in the future.
Some of the vehicles that really stood out for me were of course the masses of high end luxury cars. The Bentley Grand Convertible in that stunning blue color wasn’t a car that could just cruise past you unnoticed. To that we also saw a Kia Cadenza that 10 or even 5 years ago would have been something I never would be caught saying, “check out that sweet looking Kia!” Not only seeing the cars but having the chance to meet the Heisman winner from USC, Marcus Allen isn’t something I was expecting on my trip at all. All in all the trip was an absolute blast and if you have the chance to attend an international auto show I highly suggest that you run not walk to the show.
Having never been to an auto show other than the Twin Cities version, (much love Minnesota, but we’re just not on the same scale) going to Los Angeles was simultaneously an exciting and intimidating experience. As a kid from Elk River, the sheer scale of the event was pretty mind-boggling – never mind the size of the city itself. Below are some thoughts and impressions that I had over the course of our trip, condensed into convenient, easy-to-read (although not in any particular order) bullet points:
- In N’ Out is as good as everyone says it is. You need to try it at least once – end of story. Get your burger Animal Style.
- ‘Minnesota Nice’ is a real thing, and a lot of people in California seem genuinely taken aback by it.
- In that same general vein, we’re almost too nice. I have never heard so many car horns in my life, nor have so many strangers been (what I suppose we, as Minnesotans, would consider) rude to me for little to no reason. It’s an interesting culture shock to experience.
- Hollywood is a strange and magical place.
- Hollywood is also a dirty, terrible place.
- Cab drivers in Los Angeles speak only when they need to know where they’re going and how they’re going to be paid.
- The Los Angeles Convention Center is huge. Like, mind-bogglingly huge. And the auto show still felt cramped. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend checking it out – you won’t regret it.
- The Mazda CX-3 is awesome and I can’t wait to drive it.
- I wish I had the money to buy an ATS-V.
- Caffeine is your best friend whilst working the auto show.
- California may have nicer weather, but we have nicer people and our airport is way better than theirs (eat your heart out, LAX.)
- You will probably walk more than you have ever walked in your life at the auto show. This will bring you great pain, and then you will walk some more.
- Taking strange Hunger Games selfies in front of the Mazda booth is a great way to get stared at.
- Adam Karon is very, very good at both RC cars and racing video games.
- I didn’t think I would ever be more irritated than the first time someone walked in front of my camera while I was clearly filming something at the show – I was wrong. This would go on to happen several hundred times over the course of two days. Men in suits with point-and-shoot cameras are the bane of my existence.
In summation, traveling to a new and exciting place to cover a fantastic event with some awesome co-workers was a great experience. We worked our butts off, saw a lot of very cool cars, made some killer videos, and had a blast doing it. 10/10, would go again next year.