When Detroit-area superdealer Hoot McInerney bumped into one of our reporters in Las Vegas last week, the conversation turned to family. McInerney, in Vegas for the annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention, said that he has a son who is a waiter and a daughter who is a waitress. And why aren't they in the auto business? the reporter asked. "They are," Hoot quipped. "They're waiting for me to die."
'FESSING UP - At the Automotive Hall of Fame luncheon held on Sunday, Feb. 1, in conjunction with the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas, Chairman Joe Oldham made a clumsy effort to bond with his audience. "Who is the ass who scheduled the NADA convention on Super Bowl Sunday?" Oldham asked. He was not aware that the scheduler, NADA President Phil Brady, was in the audience. Brady confessed gracefully. He stood, raised his hand, and declared, "That would be me."
JOINING THE ELITE - The performance guys at the Chrysler group were smiling last week after getting a Dodge Ram SRT-10 pickup to clock a speed of 154.587 mph during testing at the DaimlerChrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Mich. Officials with Guinness World Records and the Sports Car Club of America witnessed the event. That means the 500-hp pickup will get a listing as the world's fastest production pickup in the next volume of Guinness World Records, right up there with the woman who has the longest toenails in the world (87 inches for all 10) and the guy who held the most honeybees in his mouth (109).
NO CAMARO, FIREBIRD REVIVAL - Eighteen months after General Motors killed the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird, speculation continues that GM will revive the nameplates - perhaps on the Zeta rear-drive architecture being developed in Australia. Not a chance, says Vice Chairman Bob Lutz. And for a simple reason. During negotiations to close the Ste. Therese, Quebec, plant that made the rwd sports coupes, GM pledged to the Canadian Auto Workers that it would not make them elsewhere. Lutz says reviving the pony cars would be an appealing notion. But, he adds, "A deal's a deal."