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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Baja Raptor Experience at the Detroit Auto Show

By: Tom Greenwood

If you're looking for free fun at this year's North American International Auto Show, make sure you make a beeline for the Ford Motor Co. display. While most of the other auto companies seem to have toned down their interactive displays, Ford has raised the fun factor with four free offerings. If you're in the mood for some amazing sleight of hand, be sure to watch the machinations of magician Bill Malone, who will not only mystify you with his card tricks, but will have you laughing yourself silly as he interacts with his audience.

If you really want to have some fun, strap yourself into the F-150 SVT Raptor Experience, an interactive video ride that simulates racing a Ford F-150 through the Baja Peninsula. Complete with howling engine noises, the cockpit jumps, bucks, dips and swerves so realistically that all riders are required to strap themselves in with a seat belt. The Baja Raptor thing is way better than the Mustang Alley. If you loved the chase scene in "Bullitt," where Steve McQueen made a Mustang do everything but deal cards, then you'll flip over the audio/visual display at Mustang Alley. You can enjoy the growl of an exhaust and the howl of a finely tuned V8 engine as it shifts through all four gears.

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