The first 10-12 weeks of the year are the best time of year to me. Yeah, the year is full of promise and possibility, and there are two three day weekends to ease me into the year gently. But more importantly, it's auto show season!
Yes, auto show season. I love auto show season. It nominally starts in November, right around Thanksgiving with the LA Auto Show, and we also get major shows in Paris in even years and Frankfurt in odd years in the fall, the latter of which always has something special. Auto show season really begins, though, with the Detroit Auto Show (or, more formally, the North American International Auto Show) at the beginning of January, and ends with a bit of a whimper in April with the New York Auto Show. In between, we have the Geneva Auto Show in March, Chicago Auto Show in February.
I consistently went to the LA Auto Show when I lived in LA, and went to the Chicago Auto Show 4 years in a row when I lived there. I made it a point to go to the San Francisco Auto Show this year, even though it's a piddly thing that the auto companies more or less leave to their Bay Area dealers to stock. It also gets no concept cars because it's right before the major auto shows.
Why are auto shows important to me? Because I love cars. I could go into some long, sanctimonious rant that tries to portray my interest in everything automotive as some sort of rational sociological exercise, but no one wants to read that, and I certainly am not so full of myself that I'd want to write that. Simply put, I love cars because I think they're just cool and they're the ultimate thus far in functional art.
Yes, they're a form of art. Every car that rolls down the road is a an object of art. Each and every vehicle, from the mobile narcolepsy factory known as the Toyota Corolla to the drop dead gorgeous and exotic Maserati Gran Turismo, is an object of art that has been crafted and devised by teams of designers. While even I would question the status of art for something like the Corolla, we have to remember that art is in the eye of the beholder, and cars have to do more than just serve as objects of art: they have to work as a conveyance (and a source of profit for its manufacturer).
So auto show season is when all this great new public art is getting displayed and unveiled. How can this not by the greatest time of the year?