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I Made The Biggest Mistake You Can Make Going On A Fancy Automaker Press Trip

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Lotsofchops
Lotsofchops
10 months ago

A peak behind the curtain is always appreciated.

Chris Nolan
Chris Nolan
10 months ago

Late on this, but yes these types of fancy events are interesting to me for some reason

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
10 months ago

Well, you lot are going to cream yourselves when you find out I just damaged a press loaner…..

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
10 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

…you okay? Hopefully the damage is just to the car and not too personally mortifying.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
10 months ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

It was a heart sinking moment definitely, but nothing serious,

Strangek
Strangek
10 months ago

I love reading about this kind of stuff, keep it up please!

Jb996
Jb996
10 months ago

I like these articles and wouldn’t mind hearing more about the press junkets.

I suppose to me, the honesty/integrity scale goes: (1) Refuse all free stuff for an independent review (See also: YouTube Project Farm, but one can’t buy every car, so that means nothing to review); (2) Get free stuff, but be honest and air out all the dirty laundry; (3) accept anything/everything and try to hide it, while also loudly claiming independence (see also: Supreme Court).

I’ll be happy with level (2), and the fun stories along the way.

Last edited 10 months ago by Jb996
D-Dog
D-Dog
10 months ago

I love when they link to the stuff they wrote for Jalopnik. One, it shows that these guys have class and don’t fret about sending us to another site and two, it reminds us just how bad the other site is. There was literally an ad between (and sometimes in the middle of) every single paragraph. The Autopian is the superior site for sure!

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
10 months ago
Reply to  D-Dog

Gotta cite your sources and references. It’s only fair, IMHO.

Tap-n-Die And Some WD-40
Tap-n-Die And Some WD-40
10 months ago

This is Good Autopian. Part of the reason why I signed up for a membership was to get a peek Behind The Curtain. I didn’t expect Adrian’s nipples and Torch’s torched finger to be behind that curtain, but that’s what I get for opening the bag labeled “DEAD DOVE DO NOT EAT”. Regardless, I’m 100% here for some members-only inside baseball.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
10 months ago

Nobody expects my nipples, but here we are. Again.

John Crouch
John Crouch
10 months ago

Love this-How about a contest to take an Autopian member along on one of these?
Would a manufacturer allow it? Wouldn’t have to drive a car-prbably a liability issue, but might be fun.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
10 months ago
Reply to  John Crouch

Honestly, some of y’all are probably more knowledgeable and less terrifying behind the wheel than some of the more traditional invitees, haha.

Angrycat Meowmeow
Angrycat Meowmeow
10 months ago

It’s a great place to be but a horrible place to drive.

TBH I’m not sure it’s either of these.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
10 months ago

Egads, how many industry types have I encouraged to make this horrific career mistake?! I guess it’s actually working out for Stephen better than it is for me, so good on him.

Sometimes it works out to be the last person to sign up and you either get your own car or get to ride with one of the PR handlers, which isn’t awful. I generally like the PR teams, too, FWIW. Sometimes I feel like I end up talking to them more than I do some of the other journos, but I know which one could (in theory) let me jump a 911 Dakar (and it’s probably none of them, let’s be real).

The strangest drive partner I had was a video journo who crawled around the car while I was driving to get a perfect shot. Kinda sketchy, but hey, I was a film major, so I get it. (Kinda.) I somehow avoid the real horror stories.

The best one was a Lemons buddy who also shares my love of fine brown liquors, so we both were QUITE STOKED that the chosen hotel had a decent whiskey selection in the lobby. Needless to say, he kindly took the first driving shift while I migrained it out of my system. That’s friendship, yo.

tl;dr—IDK, just let me jump a 911 Dakar. I don’t really care about any other cars right now. That’s all I want. 911 Dakar, sent hard.

Last edited 10 months ago by Stef Schrader
Taargus Taargus
Taargus Taargus
10 months ago

This is fun. More please.

Greg
Greg
10 months ago

Agree with the rest, good article, be fun to see some more of this stuff.

Mike F.
Mike F.
10 months ago

I’m in the “more of these stories, please”, camp. Ever since I was a Car and Driver-reading kid, I’ve wondered about these automotive press get-togethers.

Dodsworth
Dodsworth
10 months ago

My middle name is Vicarious. Darn right I want to read about this stuff! Ooh, new screen name. James Vicarious Kirk.

RootWyrm
RootWyrm
10 months ago

Man, sometimes I miss junkets. When I was doing the tech junket circuit, sometimes the PR people would just go bonkers. Not “here, T-shirts and 256GB USB drives” bonkers (bear in mind, this was 10 years ago. So those things were not cheap.) Not “we put you up in the fancy hotel with a nightly wine tasting” bonkers. (Which they did – because Kimpton Hotels are way cheaper than you’d think.)
“Here, fly home with this $2,000 appliance, to keep, no strings attached (but we’d really appreciate an honest review)” bonkers. Remember, this was back when people actually gave a damn about honesty and integrity to some extent. Turned down a LOT of shops that wanted to just ship me a random thingy for a ‘review,’ just let them peek first.

But you guys definitely get way better food. Lunch was almost always premade cold sandwiches and breakfast was ‘you’re on your own, but we have juice.’ And nobody ever so much as gave me a rental HHR! … on second thought, that part definitely isn’t a negative.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
10 months ago

I have been missing these types of articles. Funny, light hearted, a bit educational about a subject that doesnt require an engineering degree. Be nice to see one on a regular basis, maybe even intro to people in the industry at a cocktail party or sit next to at a bar. Maybe even intro to the staff what do they do when not working/writing about cars?

HowintheNameofZeus
HowintheNameofZeus
10 months ago

This is good. I like this. More of this, please.

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
10 months ago

Agree! More please.

Pancakeman!
Pancakeman!
10 months ago

Yes, agree. I especially like behind the scene stories. We can get the “final review” almost anywhere, but the kooky behind the scene stuff is gold Jerry. Gold!

Trust Doesn't Rust
Trust Doesn't Rust
10 months ago

What is with this site and shrimp? It’s starting to be a thing, like the number 47 recurring in Star Trek.

To answer your question, yes. I absolutely want to read about these things.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
10 months ago
Reply to  Matt Hardigree

Fun fact did you know shrimp are the only edible crustacean you can pose in the 69 position? But now with inflation you need to put them in the 96 position.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
10 months ago
Reply to  Matt Hardigree

It’s fancy for people who don’t know fancy.

Like…junket lords. We’re talking about junket lords. THE big shrimpers.

Trust Doesn't Rust
Trust Doesn't Rust
10 months ago
Reply to  Matt Hardigree

See?? Where else would I get this exclusive, insider info?

Gubbin
Gubbin
10 months ago

What is with this site and shrimp?

No explanation. No point in looking for one either; it’s all part of the cosmic unconsciousness.

Myk El
Myk El
10 months ago

The top reason I can’t be an auto journalist is I can’t eat shrimp. Might not kill me, but will make me wish I was dead (intolerance as opposed to allergy).

Dave
Dave
10 months ago

I enjoy these kind of “how the sausage gets made” stories. Give us plebian readers a view into a world we might never see for ourselves. Thanks for sharing.

Detroit-Lightning
Detroit-Lightning
10 months ago

make this a paywalled post and name names!

Sensual Bugling Elk
Sensual Bugling Elk
10 months ago
Reply to  Matt Hardigree

It’s a members-only post, yeah. I think Detroit-Lightning means an extra pay wall. Ya know, to keep all us reprobates here in the peanut gallery, I mean Cloth tier, from seeing the dirty laundry.

Chronometric
Chronometric
10 months ago

If I were a manufacturer inviting weird journalists to drive my brand new car, I wouldn’t call the event a junket. Behind the scenes stories are great, BTW.

Theresatimetocomment
Theresatimetocomment
10 months ago
Reply to  Chronometric

I read this as “Between the scenes.” Kinda like it, even though I’m a oaf.

Drew
Drew
10 months ago

We got on just fine until I went to take a drink out of my water bottle only to find he had discarded his cigarette in there, which I then drank. 

Oh, no! Having spent a lot of my life around smokers, I used to be very careful about any sort of open drink container, because this is a fear of mine. I’m sorry that happened, because that would be awful.

Trust Doesn't Rust
Trust Doesn't Rust
10 months ago
Reply to  Drew

Shockingly, not the worst thing Torch has ingested, that we know about.

https://www.theautopian.com/how-i-used-a-chainsaw-to-remove-batteries-from-the-cheapest-ev-in-the-world/

Dead Elvis, Inc.
Dead Elvis, Inc.
10 months ago

Matt is not Jason.

Sandy Eggo
Sandy Eggo
10 months ago

The quoted excerpt is from Torch’s editor’s note

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
10 months ago
Reply to  Drew

The only thing worse I can think of are chewers. I couldn’t find the hand soap at a friend’s place once, but saw an open shampoo bottle. Whatever, that’d work. NOPE. That was the spit bottle, apparently. I’ve never vomited so quickly in my life.

Drew
Drew
10 months ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

I pretty much don’t drink anything in an opaque container around anyone who chews. The smell of their chew already makes me less likely to consume anything, so it’s not difficult to avoid drinking things I can’t see.

PlatinumZJ
PlatinumZJ
10 months ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

I inherited my office furniture at work from a guy who chewed. It didn’t take me long to figure out where he did his spitting.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
10 months ago
Reply to  PlatinumZJ

EWWWWW

ES
ES
10 months ago
Reply to  PlatinumZJ

early days as a groom, i inherited driving duties on a then 25 year-old topkick horse box with no AC and a mostly exposed foam bench seat. the groom for the prior five years had been a toothless, heavy-chewing, non-bathing, lazy bastard who preferred to nap in the cab than actually work. The box was heaven compared to the cab.

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