Smith: Auto show a special season in Detroit

Paul W. Smith

"Outta' My Mind on a Saturday Moanin'"

Happy New Year.

OK, OK, we are 10 days into the new year already, but this is my first chance (here) to wish you well for 2015.

I hope this new year is everything you hope it will be, with the understanding (and reminder to us all) that much of how it turns out really will be up to us.

■ This morning from 9-10 a.m., I will be doing a special broadcast from the Shinola flagship store in Midtown at 441 W. Canfield St. Detroit 48201 (for those of you who rely on your GPS, you are not alone).

Experience American manufacturing firsthand while shopping for hand-built watches, bicycles, leather goods and more.

As Shinola President Jacques Panis points out, they are knocking rust off the American supply chain, every chance they get.

Look for the Shinola pop-up at Cobo Center at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

■ Tonight, the Auto Show excitement continues with the incredible "Gallery" at the MGM Grand Detroit. Very special, high end vehicles like Aston Martin's Vantage V12S, Rapide S or Vanquish. Also Jaguar F-Type project 7, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, as well as Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Maseratis, Dodge Viper GTS and more!

As Scott LaRiche, chairman of the Auto Show, puts it, "There's not a collection of vehicles like this in one room anywhere else in the world." Enjoy world class food from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck as well.

Call (248) 283-5126 to see if they still have tickets.

The charity preview will be Friday night, and it is not to be missed.

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association is hoping to cross the $100 million mark cumulatively for local children's charities.

DADA executive director Rod Albert has booked the Steve Miller Band.

Vice chairman of the 2015 NAIAS, Paul Sabatini, tells me they have a few surprises planned.

■ Monday morning, wake up with us from Cobo and the first media day. We have a front row seat for you, on the radio.

Paul W. Smith is host of "The Paul W. Smith Show" on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.