November 23, 2003

San Francisco International Auto Exposition

Moscone Convention Center

San Francisco, California

Written by Joseph Keawkalaya
Images provided by Joseph Keawkalaya

Created: 11/23/2003
Last updated: 11/23/2003




    The view when you first enter the car show area.


Dodge Ram SRT-10. This bad boy has the entire engine and drivetrain from a Dodge Viper shoehorned into the engine bay. Awesome!

    Dodge Viper. No other comment required.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.

    Lexus IS-300 interior.

    Lexus SC-430.

    Audi S4 V8. Even more HP than the previous S4s twin turbo motor.

    Audi RS-6.

    Nice caption on the Mercedes Booth.

    Mercedes SL-600.

    Mercedes CL-55 coupe.

    Mercedes C-class hatchback with factory modifications. With all of the add-ons like carbon fiber hood, wild paint scheme, and F-16 rear wing, all I could think of was the Rice and the Ridiculous... wait, I mean, the Fast and the Furious.

    I want this beast. This is a Mercedes E-55 sedan. The ultimate 4 door sports car.

    Subaru factory-sponsored WRX-STI rally car used in the WRC championship series.

    Yes, you eyes do not deceive you. That is the new Infiniti G35X all wheel drive sedan. A beautiful car with the Skyline's all wheel drive hardware. This adds about an $1800 premium to the car. No, unfortunately, this is not available on the G35 coupe. 6-7 years from now though, it is rumored that Nissan may finally bring over a left hand drive version of the latest Skyline supercar.

Modified Twin Turbo 911 Porsche with all the multimedia bells and whistles. That is a motorized amplifier rack with flat screen multimedia display.

    My dream truck. The all new Nissan Titan 4x4 truck.

    The all new Nissan large SUV-- the Armada. Beautiful, isn't it? Ford, eat your heart out.

    Beautiful Ferrari Challenge Stradale.

    This monster needs no introduction. This is the all out supercar that the whole world has been waiting for. This is the Ferrari Enzo. This car greeted us upon entering the Moscone Center.

    Ferrari 575 M Maranello.

    Lotus Elise that is now available in the United States.

    Lotus Esprit Twin Turbo V8.

    There you are Eleanor. Mustang GT-350.

    Bentley race car.

    A couple of Astin Martins.

    Lamborghini Murcielago, a V-12 monster.

    Lamborghini Gallardo powered by a potent V-10.

    Some of Arlen Ness' beautiful motorcycle creations.

    Cadillac Cien Prototype.

    Cadillac XLR.

    Cadillac CT-S with Vette motor and tranny. Looks like some competition for the other super powered 4 door sedans that are out there.

Chevy's Equinox prototype with big brakes and HRE wheels.

    That must be my Dad enjoying the Corvette.

    Chevrolet SSR.

    Chevrolet prototype with 24 inch rear wheels.

    Fords attempt at artificial intelligence. Watching the demo where the robot interacted with the crowd, my first thoughts were that someone was hooked up to a microphone and providing the interaction with the audience.

Some Ford future prototype.

    Porsche Cayenne Turbo 450 horsepower SUV.

    Porsche 911 Twin turbo convertible.


Mazda's RX-8 sports car. Nice rotary theme carried on throughout the car with the emblem on the rear underbody and in the front bucket seats.

    Jaguar's XJ car with an exterior constructed entirely out of brushed aluminum.

    Pontiac GTO concept with 5.7 liter V8 from a Corvette. It seems like a lot of the GM cars had some kind of prototype with the Corvette motor.

    Ford's Model U prototype.


    What better for a yearly Thanksgiving tradition than to visit the annual San Francisco International Auto show before the big Thanksgiving meal. Our show may not be as large as the one in Detroit, but it was definitely nice to be able to drive 5 minutes and go to a car show. My dream car is definitely the Infinity FX-45. I already have my Twin Turbo Z so since I'm a skiing/snowboarding nut, I need an SUV. I very much liked the new Nissan Armada and Titan, so as you can tell, I am a Nissan man. One of these days, I'd like to be able to visit the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Tokyo Auto show, and the Detroit Auto Show. Hopefully, these pictures will give you a taste of the car show experience. There were so many cars and so many people, so I wasn't able to take a picture of everything. If you don't make it out this year, you definitely have to go next year.


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