The last four days have been a blur, haven't they? There is always too much going on at the NADA convention.
But the show floor has been busy whenever we were there, and the make meetings seemed well attended, despite the superb weather. That didn't surprise Bill Cook, a multifranchise dealer in Farmington Hills, Mich., and president of the Detroit Automobile Dealers Association.
Incoming NADA director Gary Reynolds of Lyme, Conn., said he shopped for dealership equipment on the exhibition floor, but as of noon yesterday hadn't bought anything. John Bergstrom, of Bergstrom Motors in Neenah, Wis., told a tipster he was looking for stores that might be for sale.
The other night, Lee Seidman of Motorcars Group in Cleveland wondered out loud about the record number of franchises held by a dealer. Lee says Mini brings his tally to 36. We hope Lee remembers that Austin Healey only counts as one.
Some dealers, exhibitors and factory officials already are heading home. But not Lexus honcho Denny Clements. Denny begins a two-week tour of dealerships across the country. But he'll rendezvous in New York for a St. Valentine's Day weekend with his wife, Sharon, an artist and teacher. How romantic. It's our favorite holiday, too.
Finally, overheard by one of our favorite tipsters was NADA staffer Marc Stertz boasting that he already has had his midlife crisis - he's a grandfather.
We'll see you at the convention next year in Las Vegas. Make it a great year. Pray for peace. And remember, it's just between us.