QOTD: Making an Entrance

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

You may have noticed one of the pictures I added to Mr. Guy's Dodge Challenger 170 story after the car's unveiling was of the vehicle being airlifted onto the Las Vegas Motor Speedway dragstrip via helicopter.

You'd have seen the whole production if you watched the Roadkill livestream.

During last night's presentation, I turned to one of my fellow media members and said something to the effect of "well, this is the same company that once paraded cattle through the streets of Detroit." Well, OK, it's not exactly the same company -- Stellantis is different than Cerberus -- nor is the person behind that stunt still employed by that automaker, but you get the idea. Brands associated with Chrysler/DaimlerChrysler/FCA/Stellantis have been known to put on a show when unveiling a car.

So, too, have other automakers. I still reminder a New York Auto Show event for Scion (RIP) that included gymnasts, for example.

Sadly, for a variety of reasons, the over-the-top new-car launch isn't as common as it used to be. But once in a while we still get something like what happened last night, either at an auto show or a stand-alone event.

So, I ask of you, B and B -- which one over the years has been your favorite?

Sound off below.

[Image: Dodge/Stellantis, © 2023 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Mar 22, 2023

    Helicopters suck (Generally. Useful in *some* applications, but if you need a helicopter, chances are 54.879% that someone screwed up somewhere along the line.)

    Drones are useful. (So we won't pick on all 'rotary wing' aircraft.)

    • GT Ross GT Ross on Mar 26, 2023

      Helicopters suck. What a ridiculous statement. There isn't a "drone" made (yet) than can do what a Kayman K-Max can do. (that's the heli in the pic).

  • 95_SC 95_SC on Mar 23, 2023

    Long line precision placement. I used to watch contract birds drop containers on the mark in this manner because a convention sling load would bring the bird too close to the ground and the rotor wash would blow the FOB away. Took skill. It was mostly pilots that had worked for logging companies I always heard

  • Analoggrotto I did a dozen or so laps around Atlanta Motorsports Park for a charity once. Camber and toe on my car were horribly wrong and made the entire experience awful.
  • Tassos Jong-iL The Peninsula of One Korea.
  • Eric No, I just share my opinions. I have no use nor time for rhetoric from any side.
  • Redapple2 Jeez. This is simple. I 75 and 696 area. 1 nobody -NOBODY wants to work in downtown Detritus. 2 close to the tech ctr. Design and Engineering HQ. 20 miles closer to Milford.3 lower taxes for the employees. Lower taxes for Evil GM Vampire.4 2 major expressways give users more options to suburbs. Faster transport.Jeez.
  • Clark The Ring (Nürburgring) is the only race track I've driven on. That was 1985 or 1986 with my '73 Fiat Spider (and my not-so-happy girlfriend). So I made the Karussell (today: Caracciola Karussell, which I believe the author meant; there is another one: Kleines Karussell).