As you know, I’m a part-time automotive writer and live in San Diego, so I’m lucky to be able to attend the media days at the Los Angeles Auto Show, one of the big six auto shows in the world.

To get to the 2015 show, which runs through Nov. 29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, would you believe I never rode in an automobile?

That’s right. I live within walking distance of the historic San Diego Santa Fe Depot, the southern terminus of Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, which I took to the historic Los Angeles Union Station.

If you’ve never been on a train, consider taking the Surfliner if you live or visit Southern California; it’s a fantastic day trip. Some day I’ll add up the miles, but along the route from San Diego to LA, it runs right on the sand, or mostly within view of the Pacific Ocean from San Diego to south of San Juan Capistrano. It’s one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. I’ve included a couple of photos of sunset

The sun sets over the Pacific, viewed from my window on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, near Carlsbad, Calif.
The sun sets over the Pacific, viewed from my window on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, near Carlsbad, Calif.

In LA, I then took the subway two stops from Union Station to Metro Center, transferred to the Expo Line light rail for one stop and there’s the convention center, Staples Center arena and LA Live entertainment mall.

It takes a little more than three hours, longer than a perfect drive, but what trip through Orange County to downtown LA doesn’t include some stop and go? Plus, I had time to doze, snack, walk around and just look at the view. On the way back, I even watched an original Tonight Show with Johnny Carson from 1972 on YouTube, with a young Joan Rivers as guest and the original commercials. You can’t beat Johnny. Yes, Amtrak has wifi.

The Audi stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show is on one side of the hall; look through to other brands.
The Audi stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show is on one side of the hall; look through to other brands.

As for the car show, if you’re a car person, it’s overwhelming. It’s much larger than the local car shows in major cities and it’s different. Because it’s a major show, the car companies are much more involved, bringing all the newest cars, concepts and other goodies.

Porsche has its own room at the Los Angeles Auto Show. As it should.
Porsche has its own room at the Los Angeles Auto Show. As it should.

Here’s a great view of the auto show from the Detroit Free Press.

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