So, what are people doing for fun? At the Ford booth, the cool kids are drag racing.
Ford set up a 500-hp Mustang GT on rollers, then invited everybody to take part in a simulated quarter-mile drag race.
Cisco Codina finished in the top five with a time of 12.4 seconds. And the Ford folks refused to tell me Greg Smith's time. Apparently he started fast and blew a gear shift.
Make of this what you will: The line of autograph seekers for performance car builder Carroll Shelby Saturday at the Ford display was longer than the line of admirers for a Playboy playmate on the other side of the floor.
GM sales chief Mark LaNeve is a huge football fan, but he has no illusions about his talent as a linebacker for the University of Virginia. During a Friday night speech to GM minority dealers, LaNeve recalled the game he had to cover Willie Gault, who became a star NFL receiver.
Gault sped past LaNeve, caught a pass and scored a touchdown.
As the team reviewed the game tape, the coach showed the play and said, "What was that coverage called, LaNeve?"
LaNeve answered with the name of the formation.
The coach said, "No, I think it was the Linda Ronstadt coverage - 'Blue Bayou.'"
Get it? Blew by you.
You're allowed to groan. ...
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