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Sean Phillips

Post-Auto Show Musings

By January 16, 2012

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Well, I'm back from the Boston Auto Show, and I must say I had a wonderful time. Although there were no tire or wheel companies present, I did get to see a great selection of the newest OEM manufacturers wheel offerings, and I'll have a preview of some of the best of those new wheels soon.

Spending two hours in the "Ask The Experts" booth was also highly educational - for me rather than for most showgoers, I should think. Of the more than 20 people who stopped by the booth in that two hours, I fielded many vexing and penetrating questions, such as:

Where's the shuttle bus? (1)
Where's the food court? (2)
Where's the [insert automaker here] exhibit? (12)
Do you have any brochures? (3)
Actual tire or wheel related questions. (2)

I find this odd, since I was sitting in a clearly marked booth, with signs on either side explaining the purpose of the booth. I'm not really sure whether to feel that a great many people simply are too anesthetized by the show to read signs, or whether those with burning questions figure that I should know these things and just don't care what the signs say.

About halfway through my stint as an expert, I overheard the funniest thing I'd heard all day. My booth was right next to the Mini Cooper exhibit, and as two gentlemen walked towards the newest Mini Clubman hatchback, one said to the other, "So, they've taken a Mini and turned it into a Maxi..."

You rock, dude. Thanks also to the two people who I hope I helped with their tires!

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