The past 3 years I've been to NAIAS.. I had a P&S and i just set it in auto without a flash. Majority if the time they have the amount of lighting you need on a car.
This year I will be going to the Chicago Auto Show... This time I will be armed with my D40 so I dunno how that will turn out, hopefully good. I will also bring my P&S incase i get tired of lugging the D40 around.
Majority of the time in Detroit, With all the people.. I would never have a chance to actually get a photo with using custom settings.
Yea, Im in class right now so I dont have any access to any of the pictures I took last year. All of mine turned out pretty well for what they were. Some got a tad bit blurry. Heh.. and trust me, i know about crowds. When we go to NAIAS... and the Chicago show this year.. we go the first day its open. Like.. around the Ferrari/Lamborghini/Bently booth... its insane.
I would be tired too if I ad to recite the same speech about the car every 10 minutes. Even when no one is around, there they are talking away.
Parkerman, I think you will be happy about the Chicago show. I always went to NAIAS as Im originally from there, but began going to Chicago. McCormick is a much larger place, so the crowds dissipate fairly well. As for shooting with the D40, make sure you bring a lot of memory and only shoot in RAW! With all the different lights they had on each car I had to do a lot of WB tweaking. These are some EXIF's I was getting:
f7.1, 1/200, iso 400
f6.3, 1/160, iso 400
As you can see, with the iso at 400, I was getting good enough light to remove hand shake.