Well, it finally happened. I was granted a media pass to cover the #Orangecountyinternationalautoshow. This opportunity was a great way to get in and take pics and video before the little sticky hand kids were allowed to enter and muck up everything. Perks Garage is very thankful for the access and looking forward to covering more events in the near future.
During my prep for the event, I have been working on setting up a YouTube channel to host the videos we take here at Perks Garage to provide a full in debt review of features and functionality of vehicles, both new and old.
It felt pretty good to arrive at the auto show and be asked for my confirmation letter as then granted access. I quickly parked the Audi, grabbed my gear and headed in for an unobstructed point of view of the cars on display, and the layout of the event. Once inside a greeting table confirmed my name was on the list and provided me with my pass. I was too late to receive a lanyard but I didn’t care…I have arrived. There were plenty of other people from various media outlets. Local News channels, fellow bloggers, YouTubers, and even some foreign independent channels roaming the floor. Everyone was taking pictures and videos and interviewing people spewing out vehicle specs. It is like a Hollywood gala for auto enthusiast…the bright lights and cameras minus the boogie attitudes. I was not quiet ready to interview people, I just wanted to act as the cameraman/ videographer.
I had on hand my Canon, Galaxy Note 5 and a small handheld video recorder. I took loooootttttsss of pictures and quite a few videos. I took my time and was able to see every vehicle and even test drive a few that they made available for us. Mazda, Honda and Toyota to name a few were on hand to do test drive demos soI jumped at the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5. Disappointment quickly set in when I found out it was an automatic and the streets were pretty congested by that time. After the test drive and brief survey, I did receive an email invite to attend a Mazda MX-5 track event, so that will make up for the weak test drive. Insert corny car nut verbiage riiight…here! “Yay Mazda…Zoom-Zoom!”
All in all the event was great. Free access, free snacks and drinks, unobstructed views and full access to some very nice vehicles. Thank you Orange County International Auto Show for the media pass.
Now on to some pics…A LOT OF THEM! Scroll down to check out some video footage.
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