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Speed Shop Gets Exposure at San Diego Auto Show

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The 10th largest auto show in the country, the 2020 San Diego International Auto Show was held at the San Diego Convention Center earlier this month, featuring in excess of 400 vehicles from over 25 different automobile manufacturers. The event was a great place for potential new-car buyers to browse around and check out, sit in and review all the makes and models. Auto shows are also a great place for families, including the young ones, to see and experience the sights, everything to do with brand new vehicles, including the unique “new car smell” of the interiors. These automotive memories can last a lifetime.

J. Bittle of the San Diego-based JBA Speed Shop is a big supporter of the annual event, as he had a large exhibit area set aside with a selection of Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, GTOs, hot rods, street rods, SUVs and even a hot-rodded Pantera sports car displayed. In addition, the shop brought a selection of performance parts, wheels and a selection of Nitto Tires to promote JBA’s new division: ‘MeltdownTires,’ their in-house performance tire center.

Bittle and his crew greeted show visitors, talked high-performance with the adults and showed the kids details about the collector cars that were featured. It’s a win-win for a speed shop to get involved in a local new car show like this one, giving exposure to folks that might not ever see and learn that a shop is in town that offers all these services, and to open the eyes of younger kids that are one day themselves going to be driving and may want a head-turning high-performance car.

Auto show visitors at this San Diego event were also treated to seeing an ample selection of classic cars, collectible vehicles and lowriders, with assistance from the San Diego Auto Museum. Two of the major highlights of the show was the brand-new Ford Mustang Mach-E and the convertible version of the new 2020 C8 Corvette. In addition, there was an example of the 760-horsepower 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500.

James Maxwell

James Maxwell is an automotive journalist and historian based in Southern California. Contact him at imax@roadrunner.com.

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