Not only can the reporting hordes get cupcakes at the L.A. Auto Show, they can also race slot cars courtesy of Ford. What's the difference between automotive journalism and preschool? Preschools have to have a certain number of adults present.
Of course there's a valid reason for professionals to spend the many, many dull hours between assignments at the cesspool of PR blather known as a major auto show playing with toy cars: Ford made a version of the Mustang's "Track Key" system for slot cars, just in time for Christmas*.
*Ford did no such thing.