The World's Don't-Miss Car Shows

Whether you're a certified grease monkey or just know where the gas goes in, the world's great auto shows make a fashionable and intriguing centerpiece for any gay vacation.



5. PARIS MOTOR SHOW French flair, fabulous cars
Paris’s biennial, Eurocentric auto show
(a.k.a. Mondial de l’Automobile) hosts some
massively significant rollouts—at least for European
consumption. And lure the pretty people this show does, to
the tune of nearly 1.4 million per year, making it one
of the busiest -- and sexiest -- auto shows in the world.

When: Every other October (next: October
10–19, 2008)
Starring: Peugeot, Citroën, Renault
Best attribute: Shopping, eating, shopping,
drinking, and shopping
Worst attribute: The wallet-crunching euro
Attendance: 1.4 million

6. TOKYO MOTOR SHOW Transport’s crystal ball
Some 1.5 million people flock to the world’s most
modern metropolis to peer into the future -- and not
only for cars but for motorcycles, tractor trailers,
parts, and other machinery as well. With such a diverse
array of sheet metal, Tokyo’s biennial show is the
ultimate destination for the queer gearhead or
technophile. But you don’t have to be a car
geek to enjoy the Tokyo show, as it also boasts the most
whimsical, cartoonish concepts of any show in the
world -- concepts packed with high-level technology
that would make a NASA engineer writhe in envy.

When: Every other autumn (2009 dates TBA)
Starring: Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki
Best attribute: The bizarrely comical concept cars
Worst attribute: Pint-size hotel rooms,
supersize hotel bills
Attendance: 1.5 million

and toys
In car-choked SoCal, your wheels are your very identity.
Thus, at the Los Angeles International Auto Show
you’ll find everything, including exotics,
luxury, economy, pickups, and of course anything remotely
“green.” A bit less glitzy than
Detroit’s show, it’s far more crowded,
not just with straights but with many thousands of queers
(WeHo is just 10 miles from downtown L.A.’s
convention center, where it’s held). Indeed,
there may be no better show to get your cruise on while
searching for something stylish to cruise in.

When: November, annually (next: November
21–30, 2008)
Starring: All things that drive “green”
and require a lot of green
Best attribute: Boys everywhere
Worst attribute: Kids everywhere
Attendance: 1.7 million

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