The Los Angeles Auto Show has a unique character which stands out among the global round of rather bland and businesslike motor shows. Its balmy weather helps, and its focus on future tech thinking is good, but one of its main ingredients is its embrace of the strong and distinctive Californian car culture.
Tucked in a couple of halls downstairs and off to the side of the main show areas are umpteen wild, crazy and extreme examples of the local arts of customisation, hot-rodding and accessorising. Pretty much every car you can imagine (and yes, that includes Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Bentleys and more exotica) has been slammed, lifted, chopped, tuned, then painted in a wild colour.
There are house-sized Monster Trucks, minimal tube-framed drag racers, knee-high slammed cruisers and enough chromed wheels to send you looking for your sunglasses. Then there are some super-smooth restored classics if you need even more chrome.
This year’s highlights included legendary customiser Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth’s custom-painted shop truck, a lovely Dodge Polara police car with sci-fi rear lights, and a highly amusing custom job on an unsuspecting classic Audi. Not to mention the Minnie Mouse tribute minivan. Of course.
Check out the gallery at right and prepare to have your mind thoroughly blown, man.