Sometimes designers find themselves, not their vehicles, the focus of attention. Case in point: At the Canadian auto show in Toronto in February a man approached Wayne Cherry, vice president for design at General Motors, and asked for an autograph. Cherry complied.
"It happens from time to time," admits Cherry, who can count the Cadillac Sixteen among his creations.
Clay Dean, designer of the Hummer H2, says he once was asked to sign the hood of an H2 by its owner.
Dodge Tomahawk motorcycle concept creator Mark Walters says, "I didn't even have a pen with me," when he was asked for his autograph at the Detroit auto show in January.
"I'd never signed an autograph in my life until then," he recalls.
"I couldn't even sign it either. I was shaking too much. It looked like a kindergartner's signature.
Peter Horbury, design director at Ford Motor Co.'s Premier Automotive Group, finds it difficult to attend some events with his family.
"It makes you feel proud in a way," he says of being asked for autographs. "But my sons hate it. We used to go to the motor races, British touring cars.
"People would come up and ask for an autograph, and they (his sons) would say, 'My God, Dad.' They just walked away. They can't stand it."