It's the last day of the 2007 New York International Auto Show and I'm racing onto the ferry, to at the very least, catch a glimpse of everything I had been reading about all week. On the walk to the Javits Center I began to make the mad dash across the West Side Highway trying not to get hit by the cars I had seen at prior auto shows.
Every time I've gone to the NYIAS I've always had the same feeling of excitement entering those doors; from the time I was a child to this particular show and as I'm sure, all future ones. I stood in awe while waiting on line to buy tickets and looked around to see what I could recognize; as I remember Lotus was displaying their Exige front and center. In no time, the tickets were in my hand and I could not dodge through the crowd any faster. I had never gone to the auto show with any expectations, but this year was different; I had a mental list of a few cars that absolutely needed to be seen.
Like a child in an amusement park, there were the attractions that could not be missed, ones I had to see first. That way, I could rest knowing that even if a riot broke out or if a fire started, at least I would have scratched those off. Taking my time to pass by the Audi displays I checked out the red R8 they had featured, I wondered if this was the car to take on the mighty Porsche 911 Turbo.
Continuing past the Audi section, I arrived at my destination. There it was, in all its glory, simply displayed, though looking as if it were speeding through the Autobahn. The only pedestal it was on was the one I and many in the car world had placed it upon. The M stood for marvelous, masterful, majestic, mesmerizing and it certainly was ALL those things. It had a carbon fiber roof to save weight, which not only contrasted beautifully with the car's white finish, but also displayed the car's commitment to performance. The wide fender flares and masculine front bumper set it apart from your standard 3-series. If that was not enough, the quad exhaust in the rear sure gave it away. Aside from all the M badges, this was distinctly an M-car, and one I would never forget.
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