A trip to the auto show is one of the high points of the year for car-crazed kids of all ages. There’s no other place where you can see so many new vehicles in one place at one time. Things are changing quickly in the realm of personal transportation, and this year’s auto shows are shaping up to be a snapshot of history.

Los Angeles (late fall), Detroit (mid-winter), and New York (early spring) are traditionally the most important auto shows in America, with the greatest number of premieres and concept cars. Now that the 2010 Detroit Auto Show has come to a close, the show season is rolling in full force, with regional shows opening across the country.

As a wee one, I never dreamed that my career would take me behind the scenes of the major car shows, certainly not at such an interesting time.

This week brings me to Washington DC, to cover the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) Conference, which is running concurrently with the DC Auto Show. While the Detroit show featured an “Electric Avenue,” the EDTA conference is the nexus for electric cars in America.

If all goes well, we’ll be shooting a segment from the show floor via Skype on Tuesday afternoon …