As the curtains come down on Dubai International Motor Show 2011, DriveME brings you snippets of the lighter side of the Show.

Ileena, an enthusiastic Mini fan having fun posing next to her favourite car – dressed up in colours of this Mini!

The Motor Show got over yesterday. This year, the organisers tried to make the event more engaging and entertaining for the visitor by offering more than stunning cars to ogle at or a preview of the emerging shape of their favourites. There were plenty of fun activities and engaging games at the venue, both inside the halls and outside.

The Infiniti pit stop was set up outdoors, where two teams were invited to try their hands at changing F1 tires in the quickest possible time.

While Nissan and Audi seized the opportunity to display the prowess of their new models, Juke and A1 respectively, they offered the more adventurous visitors a thrill-filled ride, dotted with drifting and screeching 3600 turns as they wove their way through hurdles, driven by certified experts! I took the Audi ride with the instructor (shouldn’t they be calling them demonstrators rather than “instructors” coz you only get to experience the ride not drive it yourself) and even managed to get out a very valuable tip at the end of it. “Take someone’s car and keep practicing for 40 years. That’s what I have been doing!” He was dead serious.

As I stepped on to the spot marked, an overhead camera caught my image and threw it on to the screen, where a Louis Chevrolet lookalike was super-imposed.

Chevrolet took it light, assisted by image-merging projection technology, by allowing visitors at their stands to rub shoulders of shake hands with Louis Chevrolet himself on a projection screen. As I stepped on to the spot marked, several kids (and adults) who were earlier wondering what was the jovial old guy doing up there joined in the fun!

To lead the skateboard to the finish in good time, one had to stand on the loose, circular dial and balance the tilt with one’s legs.

The Ford stand had two fun activities – both to do with drive control. The first task was to skate through the finish line on a winding track. Fun, it was. The second apparatus was a Drive Simulator, which remained busy every time I wanted to try it!

At VW, the "head-spinners" turned quite a few heads!

The Volkswagen stand enticed fun-lovers with a racing opportunity on their miniature Carrera Race track. The stand also had some spinning-on-the-head acrobatics, which turned quite a few heads!

The miniature Carrera Race track at VW, built around a complicated city landscape.

Dubai Motor Show: Saw cars; had fun! was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by Sudeep Koshy

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