Journal: Remember When Auto Shows Were Insanely Glamorous?

Remember When Auto Shows Were Insanely Glamorous?

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
November 4, 2015

As the auto show season is only weeks from ramping up, you’ll soon have your fill of unobtainium-grade concept cars, exotics, and expensively constructed pavilions, but one thing sorely missed will be the sense of glamor that motor shows used to enjoy.

This glamor is from a time when is back when vehicles weren’t necessarily affordable, ubiquitous, or “practical”, but when they were seen—and sold—as the most advanced item of technology a person could acquire.

“Advanced” could be as then-groundbreaking as mass-produced fibreglass bodies for the Chevrolet Corvette, or the charming forward-opening door on an Iso Isetta, but these days, it’s difficult to get excited about extra cupholders and infotainment systems.

If you had the opportunity to experience motor shows from, say, the ’50s–early ’80s, were they fun, glamorous spectacles? Or do you prefer the more casual, family-focused “modern” auto show?

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Growing up in Bruxelles, Belgium, you had to be above the age of 18 to go to the Brussels Auto Show during the 1960s. The reason was due to the fact that that the models who were hired by the car manufacturers were walking around topless at the Auto Show. They were also topless as they were showcasing the cars being displayed as well as when they were lying on top of the cars as well, Obviously the photographers had a field day and were highly motivated to take photos of those women….I mean cars. Unfortunately for myself, I was… Read more »

Douglas Anderson
Douglas Anderson

I’ll also chime in and say that while I rarely agree with much that GS contributes . I think he is pretty well spot on with this diatribe.
Having grown up in the Detroit area, and salivating every year over the new car intro’s, and the Custom car shows in the city, I do miss the real glamour of it all.


GS, good to have you back.

I don’t always agree with your insights, but I definitely concur with your conclusions regarding auto shows and the current state of the automobile art.


welcome back GS, it hasnt been the same without you.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Poke my nose in for a second just to see how things are going here and what do I read ? An automotive question well worth my time responding to . Do I remember when auto shows were insanely glamorous ? Well .. I’m not sure if glamorous is quite the right word but I’ll tell you what I do miss dearly in comparison to todays lame ___ excuses for auto shows ; 1) I miss the fact that nothing was ‘ previewed ‘ or ‘ sneak pealed ‘ anywhere … making every turn .. every direction .. every row… Read more »

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Welcome back! I thought you’d hold out a bit longer 🙂