New York Auto Show Motorsport Review

The New York Auto Show opens on Saturday March 29. Motorsports fans may be disappointed by the number of race cars on display but then again it's not very often that you'll see race cars in the Big Apple. Here's what you see if you decide to...

The New York Auto Show opens on Saturday March 29. Motorsports fans may be disappointed by the number of race cars on display but then again it's not very often that you'll see race cars in the Big Apple.

Here's what you see if you decide to attend the show which runs from March 29 through April 6.

Toyota and Honda both displayed Indy cars. The Toyota display was graced by an Eagle chassis built by Dan Gurney's All American Racers. In addition to the Eagle chassis, The Toyota display included photos of Ivan Stewart's off road effort as well as the Supra which ran at Pike's Peak.

Honda's Indy car efforts were represented by the Tasman Racing Indy car of Andre Ribeiro. Honda had a racing video hosted by ESPN commentators that focused on The career of Jim Hall which was very well done. Honda does need to update the sign which accompanied the Indy car as it still showed Parker Johnstone in the Brix-Comptech Motorola car. Subaru has been very succesful in the FIA International Rally Championship, winning the first three rounds of the series in 1997. The 300 horsepower Impreza 555 rally car is on display on the lower level of the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Dodge brought their SportsCar Viper GTS-R which ran in the 24 Hours of Daytona in February. Dodge also offers race fans a chance to take a ride around the Road Atlanta circuit in their race simulator. If you have problems with motion sickness avoid the ride, but you'll miss the awesome sound system which does a great job in giving you the full range of the Viper's growl.

While it wasn't a race car that Saab took to Talledega to set several endurance records in 1996, race fans will appreciate the in-car shots taken from one of the record setting 900 Turbos. The short video explains how NASCAR offcials presided over the FIA record breaking event.

Chevrolet had two NASCAR entries on display, the Winston Cup car of Terry Labonte and the Super Truck of Ron Hornaday. Also at the Chevrolet display were some of the many trophys won by the marque in NASCAR competition.

Fresh from its Sebring GTS-3 class win in Sebring two weeks ago, the Prototype Technology Group BMW was on display in the BMW area. Sports car fans will enjoy two early BMWs as well, including a 1955 507 sport roadster.

The New York Region of the SCCA has three race cars in its display, the FF2000 of Andy Lally, a Audi Quatttro rally car and a Ford powered spec racer. Andy Lally expects to spend the entire week at the auto show, stop by and say hello to Andy. Be sure to ask Andy about driving a sprint car at IRP.

Next to the SCCA exhibit, Mario Andretti's Lola T-9300 is on display.

A fantastic art display has been organized by Road and Track magazine in celebration of their 50th anniversary. The gallery inludes photos by Lamm as well as original artwork by Ken Dallison, Sam Posey and Sam's wife Ellen Griesedieck. This show was assembled just for the auto show and should not be missed.

This year's auto show has something for everyone, from the new Mazda 626 to the new Porsche 911 Turbo S, there's something for every style and taste. Whether it be race cars, concept cars or brand new production cars, the New York Auto Show is a great way for any car lover to spend the day in the Big Apple.

__ David Reininger's Paper Race http://www.motorsport.com/paper-race

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Drivers Terry Labonte , Dan Gurney , Mario Andretti , Andy Lally , Sam Posey , Andre Ribeiro