Washington Auto Show: Dry Ice Martinis Plow Through the Snow

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz booth during the Washington Auto Show in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26, 2012.

A snow storm that shuts down the nation’s capital isn’t going to come between an automotive executive and a party.

It’s customary for car groups to throw swanky kickoff receptions  for influential players in town for the Washington Auto Show, which starts today.

Some, like the Global Automakers, cancelled yesterday afternoon’s entertainment, but Ford plowed ahead  at The Source.

“We’re built Ford tough,” said former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, son of Sen. Roy Blunt and now president of the American Automotive Policy Council.

Others didn’t seem to know what all the fuss was about, on a day when a few inches of snow silenced much of Washington.

“We’re still asking where the snow is,”  one Detroiter mused.

The weather did keep the evening’s biggest guest, Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields, away, but other Ford execs such as Stephen Biegun and  Ziad Ojakli were happy to play host for him, insisting they are “as tough as our trucks.”

The sushi bar and specialty dry ice martinis helped with the fortification.

Still, the weather is playing a role here.

Fields will deliver the auto show’s keynote address via satellite today.

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