Sunday, February 09 2014 22:19

Rides: The 2014 Chicago Auto Show - The Rock Father Report #FuelCAS

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The 2014 Chicago Auto Show opened it's doors to the public this weekend (running through February 17th), but on Friday, The Rock Father participated in the media preview to get an early look at hundreds of new offerings and concept vehicles from the world's top automakers. Doing what I do, I'm always torn on how to cover such an event - I run a "family" site, but my personal interests skew toward the... more exciting at times. While my daily drivers here at Rock Father HQ bear the Chevrolet and Scion nameplates, performance, sport and luxury all strike my fancy. What I'm saying is that my inaugural coverage of the Chicago Auto Show is more of a highlight reel of what caught my eye... and that's as simple as it gets. Hopefully I'll get to go in-depth with some of these vehicles, as well as some more family-centric rides as the year rolls on.

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And now the 2014 Chicago Auto Show... Rock Father-style...

Best Real-Life Toy: Ford TONKA F-150

Just like the METAL versions of Hasbro's TONKA trucks of years gone by, but BIGGER, Ford has created the TONKA F-150, complete with stamped logos (like the toys) and matching interior adornments like the headrests and floormats. At $72,000 it's a little more expensive than the toys you may remember.

Car my Wife would most like (aside from a Mini): The Fiat 1957 (out later this year)
Truck Most-Likely for me to play an N.W.A. song for: The Chevrolet Tahoe Police Concept (runner-up: The Ford Interceptor series)
Car Most-Likely to be the basis for Ben Affleck's BATMOBILE in that new Superman/Batman/Justice League movie: Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

Whitest Display Booth: Lexus | Most Silvery Display Booth: Mercedes-Benz | Coolest Hybrid: 2014 Lincoln MKZ | Most-Likely to be driven by my sister: 2015 Ford Mustang (she's on her second or third 'Stang right now) | Car I'm Most Likely to buy again: Scion (I'm over 150K miles in on my XB) | Car that my wife would usually want that was presented Rock Father-style: The black/black/black Mini | 

Best Pinball Machine based on a car: Ford Mustang Pinball by Chicago's own, Stern Pinball, Inc
Best Zombie-Fighting Product Assortment: Hyundai (I may know a thing or two about Zombies)
Best Video depicting The 2014 Chicago Auto Show in 6 Seconds: Mine
Have you attended the Chicago Auto Show this year? What vehicles did you dig? Sound off below!


James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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