I've never tried to pay attention to people who brag. Which means that the auto industry is the wrong place to be. I don't pay attention to hacks who carefully cultivate their life of leisure, to an audience of sycophants.
Alright, alright. I will concede that this Detroit show proved me wrong, that it was one of the best in recent memory—simply because it was full of surprises, or at least the kind of surprise that happens when you stop paying attention and forego the rumors.
A brand new 2016 model on a stand, yesterday.
One of the most vivid memories I have of this year's Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance—other than 14 straight hours straddling an Italian paint shaker, arguing with a 17 Mile Drive security goon about press passes, riding in Travis Okulski's new-to-him Mazda Eunos Cosmo rocketship (that's us at Target, when he needed…