• Nov 3rd 2006 at 6:24PM
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Michelin is our favorite tire company from now on. Without resorting to the cheap, albeit highly effective and entertaining, trick of hiring booth babes to draw attention to themselves, this French tiremaker still had one of the largest crowds of any vendor at the show. Accomplished with an elegant simplicity that had us drooling from the moment we saw the space. The plan was so breathtakingly simple that we hope others will follow their lead in the future. OK, we wouldn't complain too much if there were still some lovely ladies around as well, but this being an automotive show, putting cars above all else seems to be a pretty good idea.

What they pulled off went a little beyond the ordinary and deserves some kind of award. After working your way past dozens of individual wheel and tire booths with everything from clear rims to those 34-inch monster truck-worthy numbers, you round a corner in the tires and wheels hall and see one of the cleanest, most spectacular sights. Especially if you are a fan of exotics and supercars, but even if you're not, it's quite striking. More story and pics after the jump.

A Fisker and a Ruf sit at the top of an arcing ramp, high above the rear of the display. In front of them are a Saleen S7 tt and a Pagani Zonda, respectively. In front of THEM are a Koenigsegg CCX and McLaren F1, almost touching the ground And sitting in the center of the almost completed circle is a turntable. A turntable with a Bugatti Veyron slowly rotating on it. And if that isn't enough, a glance to the side will reveal a Caparo T1.

Now think about that for another few minutes while you look through the incredible high-res gallery provided to us by Drew Phillips of Fast-Autos.net. If these were heavyweight boxers you'd be looking at the likes of Ali, Holmes, Frazier, Tyson, Marciano, Louis, and Dempsey. All in one place at one time. True champions that still command respect.

The Fisker is a bit more of a looker than an outright supercar like the others, but can still manage some respectable speeds. The RUF and Zonda can crack 210. The F1 has done 241. The CCX and Veyron a little better still. The Saleen hasn't proven its top speed claims but should be able to manage something very close to the others, and the Caparo, being little more than a Formula 1 car with better aerodynamics might not set the top speed bar any higher, should provide thrills in every direction. Some of the worlds fastest cars, all on display together, latent energy almost palpable. Despite our pleas, our offer to run them out to Nellis for some quick testing, was politely refused. Thanks anyhow, Michelin. All the pics are clickable wallpaper.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      gp - you only wish you were as cool as Frank. :p

      There is such a thing as artistic license when writing and I think Frank's work here is excellent.

      • 8 Years Ago
      First of all thanks for your kind comments. I just want to set straight why these cars were selected. The set of criteria was: first they had to be Michelin fitments; second they had be production vehicles. (The Caparo T1 is a production car in development.)

      The first four cars selected are the world's four fastest production cars (Bugatti Veyron, Koenigsegg CCX, McLaren F1 LM and the Saleen S7). Michelin was selected as the exclusive supplier to all four cars.

      The next four cars, while not competing for the title of the world's fastest, exceed 200 mph and represent world leading performance in some area(s): durability, driveability, track performance or aesthetic design.

      In response to the omission of a Lingenfelter Corvette, it wasn't an oversight. In this display we focused on production cars. We are proud of our long relationship with Lingenfelter. I am personally honored to have met and supported John Lingenfelter when he was alive. We have featured Lingenfelter Corvettes in the past and will do so again the future.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dustin, that's not a Zonda F Roadster, it's a C12-S Roadster!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with #23. I didn't even recognize the McLaren at first with that custom paint job. The design still looks fresh after more than a decade, and the performance is comparable to just about any current supercar.

      I have even more respect for this vehicle now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For those of you who are wondering, the lineup is, from left-to-right around the circle:

      Caparo T1
      Koenigsegg CCX
      Saleen S7
      Fisker Latigo CS
      RUF Rt12
      Pagani Zonda Roadster F
      McLaren F1 LM

      all showcasing the:
      Buggati Veyron
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where is the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 ?????
      A RUF Porsche but no Lingenfelter Twin Turbo Corvette ????

      I LOVE all of those cars and think it is one of the best cauto show displays I have EVER seen.
      give the Corvette the respect it's due.

      Oh, well.
      There were no Ferraris or Ford GT's either. =)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think all of the cars on that display are in the 200 mph club
      • 8 Years Ago
      GP, I never thought anybody would actually READ the post when those pics were showing. And I KNOW I've seen at least a couple of other bloggers post articles with grammatical errors, but I'll admit I do have more points on my poetic license than most. Although this is a "professional" blog, mistakes happen, and not all of them are caught before going live. We writers tend to blame editors for that kind of stuff. Shhh, don't tell them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why is there a Saleen S7 there?
      • 8 Years Ago
      What, no Merker XR4Ti?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great collection, but why a Fisker and a Ruf, and not say the two Italian icons, a Lambo and a Ferrari?

      • 8 Years Ago
      #17 (gp): Your post is laughable! You criticize the author for poor grammar, but do so using poor grammar yourself. Last time I checked, ending a sentence with a preposition was a no-no. ("That is simply not an English sentence. Give me a ******* break, this is a professional blog that people get paid to write FOR.") Nice try, sport!

      As for the guy complaining about his MXV4s that came with whatever car he bought - has anyone ever really bought any kind of performance car for less than 50K and been happy with the stock rubber? I know I haven't! My BMW 330 Ci Sport came with Continental ContiSport Contacts that were pure rubbish! I made it a point to burn them up ASAP and replaced them with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's and have cornered on rails ever since!
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