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WHY THE CAR-MAKERS REMOVE THE GEAR SHIFT KNOBS BEFORE THE AUTO SHOW BEGINS

WHY THE CAR-MAKERS REMOVE THE GEAR SHIFT KNOBS BEFORE THE AUTO SHOW BEGINS

Los Angeles Convention Center

Have you ever wondered why the little things like gear shift knobs, cigar/cigarette lighters and radio dials (when all vehicles used to have those) and anything else which isn't hard-attached to the vehicles at auto shows are usually not there by the time the public sees them on display? Because PEOPLE STEAL THEM, that's why. Or they BREAK them, usually while TRYING TO STEAL THEM, but, if caught, they'll claim they just wanted to see how "well-installed at the factory" whatever the part was. Same reason all batteries are disconnected (and usually removed) and all fuel tanks are EMPTY on auto show cars. You think the people staging these shows haven't done it before? Here's EXACTLY what we're talking about --- While shooting photos of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid concept, and looking around to try and find another interesting angle, or some people looking at the car or asking the lone GM rep on the Volt's stand about the car, my gaze wandered just past the end of the Volt exhibit to where, apparently, some custom Corvettes (including one owned by Jay Leno) were on display. That's when I saw two guys climb into the cockpit of this gold 'Vette convertible (and to their ever-lasting credit, they used the doors, like the human beings they are) and then watched, with similar amounts of horror and humor, revulsion and irony, as some woman, who might be one of their friends or relatives, climbed on top of the car and seated her rather large, well-overweight self on top of the car's tonneau cover ... Now do you understand why many car collectors NEVER allow their vehicles to be 'displayed' in museums or auto shows? And that's why you should never do so, either, if you own some show-able cars or plan on owning some in the future.

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