Car and Driver.
The Detroit Bureau.
The Detroit Free Press.
Motor Trend Audio.
Automotive Design & Production.
You get a group of guys who work for those outlets together, and quite naturally the conversation turns (after discussions about food and complaints about long airline flights stuffed in insufferably small seats in the back of the plane) to cars, car companies and automotive executives.
Team logo for one of the fictitious car companies
But in this case, rather than having a completely free-flowing conversation, Jeff Sabatini, Aaron Bragman , Paul Eisenstein , Scott Burgess, Mark Phelan, Charlie Vogelheim, and I (each of whom work for the aforementioned publications, in that order), had it focused in the “Autoline Automotive Fantasy Draft.”
There are “team owners” who are tasked with making decisions about how they’d staff their very own car companies and how they’d position it in the market.
Find out why Sabatini thinks there could be an intersection between cars, bicycles and beer. Find out why Bragman thinks an ideal feature for his automobiles would be sourced from Weber Grill. Find out why Eisenstein is looking, not surprisingly, for global domination (and is probably working on a Death Star at this very moment). Find out why I would put my premier dealership in Omaha, Nebraska.
Find out why Phelan and Burgess—the color commentators—pretty much think we’re all jackasses.
And see the announcer, Vogelheim, performing his thankless duties while wearing a tux.
This may be one of the funniest hours you’ll ever spend in front of a computer.
OK. Moderately funny.