>>>I get offered free tickets from Mercedes every year.
Every two years I should have said. Man, time seems to be on fast forward, I can´t believe the last IAA was more than one year ago...
Another reason not to go there: half of the show is dedicated to tuners, car-radio systems or the newest technology in tyres...
>>>people [...] eying you suspiciously when walking around in a suit
I did an internship in the Bundestag in 2000 during the time when the big Berlin auto show was hosted (forgot the name, AAA?) Our office got some free VIP tickets, valid on the day prior to the actual opening - that was neat: free food everywhere (real food, not just a currywurst), free champagne (not just sparkling wine), nice press booklets with large format high gloss photo prints, and, above all, nobody "eying you suspiciously when walking around in a suit "
Plus it was of course so empty, I was chauffeured around the offroad parcours twice in a row, once on a G and once on an M Class - just for the heck of it and just for the sake of comparison (no queues or anything) - try doing that on the IAA
Patrick, if you intend to go there after the 18th, you might consider coming down to MA
for a couple of hours (spotting at MHG
is just great
) - 40 minutes from F on the ICE.