For car lovers in the Portland, Oregon metro area, this past weekend was a major one. From Thursday, January 26th, to Sunday, January 29th, the 2012 Portland International Auto Show was held in the Oregon Convention Center.
The annual event featured the newest cars and prototypes from major auto makers; as well as exotic cars, exhibited throughout the Convention Center.
In addition, there were many displays giving show goers a chance to experience how vehicles, such as the Jeep Wrangler, behave under certain conditions.
In all, the 103rd Portland International Auto Show was it's usual success; at least as far as local coverage portrayed.
There was one major story from the auto show in Portland that made news nationally though; that wasn't reported locally, (except by one radio station, according to a friend of mine).
The incident took place January 25th, the day before the auto show was to open. One of the rules for cars being displayed in the convention center is they can have no more than 1/4 of a tank of gas. This is for obvious safety reasons.
One car had more than the limit, and would not be admitted into the building until the gas was at an acceptable level.
The end result of trying to reduce the vehicle's gas tank level was a car fire. How you may ask? According to one source, www.motorauthority.com, the people in charge of the vehicle didn't use the best judgement in dispensing of the gasoline.
Suffice it to say, rather than use a conventional method to get rid of the extra fuel, it was decided that the car would be redlined to burn it off. Add to this, that those in charge got tired of holding their foot down, so took a piece of wood and wedged it between the floorboard and the gas pedal, letting it stay that way for 15 minutes, resulting in the car catching fire.
What's one car out of hundreds you may think; after all, it is an auto show. What made this story so big is the type of car that caught fire. It wasn't one of your run of the mill car lot automobiles. No, this vehicle was a
What I wonder is, were the people in charge of this particular vehicle knowledgeable about it? I would think for the value of car they should have been!
For those interested in reading the entire article, here's the link: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1072166_exclusive-lamborghini-gallardo-catches-fire-at-portland-auto-show