The convention is in full swing. Your faithful scribe has a short attention span, so he skipped Saturday's welcoming speeches. But we had a good time schmoozing executives on the convention floor.
GM's Darwin Clark, 65, is attending his final NADA convention. He hasn't decided on a post-retirement career, but he already has a hobby.
Clark is restoring a 1954 Corvette and a 1968 Camaro for the Autorama convention in Detroit. The Corvette will be stock, while the Camaro will get an LT1 engine. Those should look good alongside Darwin's 1963 split-window Vette.
What's an NADA convention without the parties? Saturday night, one of our intrepid reporters hitched a ride from Lawry's restaurant with Detroit superdealer Hoot McInerney. Hoot was styling around Vegas in a Rolls-Royce. Bashful fellow.
Hoot said he has a son who is a waiter and a daughter who is a waitress. Why aren't they in the auto business? "They are," Hoot quipped. "They're waiting for me to die."
Hoot transported our correspondent to Club 7 for a disco party. The Marino sisters - marketers of a still unnamed service contract company - were hosting the party. It was dull, though. Unlike at their party last year, no fights broke out.
No fights broke out at the Celine Dion concert, either. A couple of nights ago, Ford's Jim Padilla scored a couple of tickets and took his wife to the show. He pronounced Celine to be top-notch although she quit after an hour because of "technical difficulties."
We hope that you don't have any technical difficulties during these last two days of the convention. Enjoy yourselves.