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OKC Auto Show offering $1000 scholarship for concept car design winner

OKLAHOMA CITY (September 6, 2018) – Students throughout Oklahoma will have an opportunity to showcase their design skills through a new scholarship program being offered by the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association (MADA), owner of the Oklahoma City Auto Show.

As part of the scholarship award, the OKC Auto Show will manufacture and produce one concept car designed by a student enrolled in Oklahoma collegiate design or engineering schools. MADA will cover all expenses related to the manufacture, production, marketing, transport, storage, exhibition and insurance of the concept car. MADA will also name the car make and model.

“We are extremely excited to be able to offer this great scholarship opportunity for the highly-skilled students here in Oklahoma,” Laine Diffee, MADA chairman, said. “This is a great chance for students to work on building their portfolio while potentially earning scholarship money they can use toward completing their degree.”

Interested parties will submit a 3-D schematic, computer-aided design of their concept car design by Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at 5 p.m. The dimensions are up to 15’ 10” length, 6’ 3” width (not including side-view mirrors), and up to 4’ 5” tall.

The submitted designs will be judged by the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association on Monday, Oct. 29. MADA will announce the winner of the $1,000 scholarship on Nov. 7.

“We know we have some tremendously talented students in Oklahoma and we wanted to be able to provide them an opportunity to show us what they can do,” Peter Hodges, MADA president, said. “We are excited to see the interesting designs, and we can’t wait to see what the winning car turns out to be.”

The concept car will be included in the auto show’s advertising campaign and will then be unveiled at the Oklahoma City Auto Show’s VIP Preview Party on March 7, 2019. It will then be officially on display for the entirety of the auto show March 8-10, 2019.

After the OKC Auto Show, the concept car will go on tour to be on display at many other auto shows who invested in its manufacture and production, for the remainder of 2019, 2020 and years after. Participating auto shows include:  The OKC Auto Show, The Tulsa Auto Show, and others to be announced in the future. MADA and its partners intend to continue this scholarship program beyond 2018.

For those wanting to participate, send an email to madapeter@coxinet.net

The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association was formed on May 4, 1916 as the Oklahoma City Motor Car Dealers’ Association. The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Oklahoma City and is the producer of the annual OKC Auto Show, Tulsa Auto Show and the Auto Show at the Oklahoma State Fair.

Schedule of Futurliner’s March 8th tour through OKC

The Futurliner #10 will travel a route on Thursday, March 8th, at noon, that starts at State Fair Park, works its way through the city and then back to the OKC Auto Show location. The route itenarary is as follows:

12:00 p.m. – Futurliner #10 to leave the site of the OKC Auto Show at the Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park, traveling north on N. May Avenue

12:05 p.m. – Futurliner to reach 23rd Street and begin traveling east

12:08 p.m. – Futurliner to pass Oklahoma City University, the final location of the previous route of the Futurliner over five decades ago

12:15 p.m. – Still traveling east on NW 23rd Street, the Futurliner to reach the intersection at Broadway Avenue

12:18 p.m. – Futurliner to stop at the Oklahoma History Center for a photo with History Center Staff

12:21 p.m. – Futurliner to begin traveling south on Lincoln Boulevard to the State Capitol

12:25 p.m. – Futurliner to take a stop at the State Capitol for a photo with Governor Fallin

12:28 p.m. – Futurliner to north to 23rd Street and back to Broadway Avenue

12:30 p.m. – Futurliner to travel south on Broadway Avenue and through Automobile Alley to Park Avenue

12:33 p.m. – Traveling west on Park Avenue, the Futurliner will travel to City Hall for another photo

12:35 p.m. – Futurliner will arrive for photo at Municipal Building

12:38 p.m.  – Futurliner to travel south on Walker to Sheridan Avenue

12:40 p.m. – Futurliner to drive east on Sheridan to Ron Norick Blvd/Robinson Avenue

12:42 p.m. – Traveling north on Norick/Robinson, the Futurliner will stop at the downtown studio of The Oklahoman for photos and a video interview

12:49 p.m. – Futurliner will travel north on Norick/Robinson to Robert S. Kerr Avenue

12:51 p.m. – Traveling west on Robert S Kerr, the Futurliner will turn north on Walker

12:54 p.m. – Futurliner will arrive at roundabout at NW 10th Street, and circle around to go west

12:57 p.m. – Futurliner to arrive at NW Classen and begin traveling north

1:04 p.m. – Futurliner to reach NW Expressway and begin traveling west

1:08 p.m. – Futurliner to arrive at N. May Avenue and begin traveling south

1:22 p.m. – Futurliner returns to the Oklahoma City Auto Show in the Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park

Visitors to OKC Auto Show to Enjoy Variety of Autos

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 21, 2018) – The 101st Oklahoma City Auto Show will have something for everyone with features that include the Futurliner #10, autos from the early 1900’s, exotic cars and a re-creation of the 1950’s Oklahoma City Auto Shows.
The variety of automobiles featured at this year’s Oklahoma City Auto Show is among the most diverse with autos going as far back as 1906 to the latest 2019 models. The 101st anniversary of the Oklahoma City Auto Show is being held March 9-11 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in the Bennett Event Center.
“We are really excited about the different types of automobiles on display during the 101st Anniversary Oklahoma City Auto Show,” Chairman Laine Diffee said. “Whether it is antique cars or exotic cars or new cars like the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt or historic vehicles like the Futurliner #10, we expect to have something for everyone.”
The Futurliner #10 was one of 12 large dual-front wheeled display vehicles that crisscrossed the country in the early 1950’s, part of a General Motors promotion called the Parade of Progress. The GM Parade of Progress and its crew of about 60 young men carried futuristic and inspirational exhibits to millions of people across North America from 1936 through 1956. The Futurliner has visited Oklahoma City twice before on the campus of Oklahoma City University as part of the Parade of Progress – in 1941, prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and again in 1955.
The re-creation of the 1950’s Oklahoma City Auto Shows will feature 17 brands, including these models: Chevy Impala, Porsche, Mercury, Thunderbird, Nomad, Corvette, Rambler, Oldsmobile, Ford Wagon, Crown Victoria, Chevy Wagon, Pontiac, Apache Pickup, Ford Pickup, Chevy Pickup, Chevy Sedan, Volkswagen, Chevy Police Car Special, Kaiser, Hudson, Lincoln, Willis, Safari Wagon, Chevy Convertible, Chevy 210, Chevy Bel-Air, Chevy Handyman and Desoto.
The early 1900’s exhibit will feature four rarely seen automobiles, and several exotic cars will be on display to show off some of the sportier autos.
“This should be an exciting year for auto enthusiasts given the variety of automobiles we will have on display,” Peter Hodges, president of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, said. “Although we know the Futurliner #10 is our most unique feature, we believe all of the exhibits will appeal to everyone who comes to this year’s show.”
The Oklahoma City Auto Show is one of the largest consumer shows in Oklahoma and will feature a variety of entertaining activities for adults and kids. The show features the Futurliner #10; dozens of automobiles from the 50’s era; the 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course Experience with proceeds benefiting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Summer Youth Camp; a display with four 100-year-old vintage cars; the opportunity to test drive 24 cars and trucks from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Toyota and Chevrolet; exotic cars; a “Coffee and Cars” event; a VIP preview event prior to the show’s opening; and lots and lots of 2018 new cars and trucks from 24 automobile brands.
The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association was formed on May 4, 1916 as the Oklahoma City Motor Car Dealers’ Association, and the first OKC Auto Show was held January 23-26, 1917.
This year’s Oklahoma City Auto Show will once again take place in the state of-the-art Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park. Attendees will have the experience of enjoying the show under one roof with immediate access to all of the exhibits and events.
Those interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to go to www.okcautoshow.org for additional information. Discounts are available for tickets purchased online. Buy one get one free coupons are available at your neighborhood 7-Eleven stores and Solid Rock Basketball.
Among the automaker brands participating in the show are Alfa Romeo, Acura, Buick, BMW, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Explorer Van, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Ram, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
The OKC Auto Show is sponsored in part by State Farm, 7-Eleven and print partner The Oklahoman.
The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Oklahoma City and is the producer of the OKC Auto Show.

OKC Auto Show to Feature Futurliner #10

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 14, 2018) – The future is now for those attending the 101st Oklahoma City International Auto Show with the Futurliner #10 appearing throughout the three-day show.
The Futurliner #10 last appeared in Oklahoma City in the 1950’s but will return for public display after being restored. The 101st anniversary of the Oklahoma City International Auto Show is being held March 9-11 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in the Bennett Event Center.
“This will be such an exciting combination of our past, present and future,” Chairman Laine Diffee said. “Visitors to the Oklahoma City Auto Show will have an opportunity to actually sit inside this amazing part of our American history, and we are proud to be able to have the Futurliner #10 as part of our annual event.”
The Futurliner #10 was one of 12 large dual-front wheeled display vehicles that crisscrossed the country in the early 1950’s, part of a General Motors promotion called the Parade of Progress. The GM Parade of Progress and its crew of about 60 young men carried futuristic and inspirational exhibits to millions of people across North America from 1936 through 1956.
The parade of Futurliners accompanied by GM’s newest cars for sale would pull into small towns just like the circus once did, set up at the fairgrounds or a park. This 1953 Futurliner, with 16-foot display doors on either side, was a perfect platform for static exhibits and live demonstrations of emerging technology of the future.


“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to show off the Futurliner #10 to everyone who attends the Oklahoma City Auto Show,” David Yarde, executive director of the National Automotive and Truck Museum (NATM), said. “This is an ideal event for us to provide the public with a glimpse of how we viewed the future many decades ago.”
The Futurliner has visited Oklahoma City twice before on the campus of Oklahoma City University as part of the Parade of Progress – in 1941, prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and again in 1955. With the increased popularity of television and other growing technologies, the Parade of Progress eventually retired and the Futurliners became a memory of the past. However, efforts were made to restore some of these 12 items of Americana, with Joe Bortz eventually donating the Futurliner #10 to the NATM. The remaining Futurliners remain in private ownership or sit unrestored.
“The era when the Futurliners were traveling the country was an exciting time for autos and were reflective of a time when technology was rapidly changing the world,” Peter Hodges, president of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, said. “We could not be more pleased to have the Futurliner #10 as part of the Oklahoma City Auto Show and we know this is something that is going to excite a lot of people of all ages.”
The Oklahoma City Auto Show is one of the largest consumer shows in Oklahoma and will feature a variety of entertaining activities for adults and kids. In addition to the Futurliner #10, the 101st anniversary event will include dozens of automobiles from the 50’s era; the 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course Experience with proceeds benefitting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Summer Youth Camp; a display with four one hundred-year-old vintage cars; the opportunity to test drive 24 cars and trucks from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Toyota and Chevrolet; exotic cars; a “Coffee and Cars” event; a VIP preview event prior to the show’s opening; and lots and lots of 2018 new cars and trucks from 24 automobile brands.
The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association was formed on May 4, 1916 as the Oklahoma City Motor Car Dealers’ Association, and the first OKC Auto Show was held January 23-26, 1917.
This year’s Oklahoma City Auto Show will once again take place in the state of-the-art Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park. Attendees will have the experience of enjoying the show under one roof with immediate access to all of the exhibits and events.
Those interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to go to www.okcautoshow.org for additional information. Discounts are available for tickets purchased online. Buy one get one free coupons are available at your neighborhood 7-Eleven stores and Solid Rock Basketball.
Among the automaker brands participating in the show are Alfa Romeo, Acura, Buick, BMW, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Explorer Van, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Ram, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
The OKC Auto Show is sponsored in part by State Farm, 7-Eleven and The Oklahoman.
The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Oklahoma City and is the producer of the OKC Auto Show.

2018 OKC Auto Show Floor Plan

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from September 14-24, 2017.

18-Hole Mini-Golf Course to be Unveiled at Auto Show Display at Oklahoma State Fair

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 5, 2017) – A new feature with a familiar look will be added to the mix at this year’s Oklahoma State Fair for those visiting the auto show display in the Bennett Event Center.

The 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course Experience, which has become a regular feature for those who have attended the annual OKC Auto Show in the spring, will make its first appearance at the auto show display during the Oklahoma State Fair. The Oklahoma State Fair runs from Sept. 14th through the 24th. The auto show opens each day at 10 a.m.

The mini golf course is $5 per person with each ticket entering participants into a drawing for an iPhone 8, which has an estimated value of over $1,000.

“We know everyone looks forward to the games and entertainment as part of the Oklahoma State Fair experience,” Laine Diffee, chairman of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, said. “The 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course Experience has been very popular with those who have attended our annual OKC Auto Show, and we anticipate the fun continuing for those who are checking out the new vehicle models at this year’s Oklahoma State Fair.”

In addition to the 18-hole Mini-Golf Course, this year’s auto show will include six automakers, an old dealership, and historic ads. Visitors to the auto show will also get a sneak peek at some of today’s latest models from Ford, Honda, Chevy, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai displayed in the expansive Bennett Event Center.

“With the 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course growing in popularity, it made sense for us to bring it to our visitors at the Oklahoma State Fair,” MADA president Peter Hodges said. “We are also excited about the opportunity to have one of our participants win the latest iPhone while checking out the latest vehicle models and playing some mini golf.”

Tickets for the 2017 Oklahoma State Fair are available now at the State Fair Park Box Office, online or by calling 405.948.6800. A convenience charge may apply.

Share your Fair memories and stories with us by using #okstatefair and #BiggerBetterBestOK. To stay up-to-date on all the Fair Fun, visit www.okstatefair.com, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and download the official Oklahoma State Fair Mobile App available in the App Store and Google Play Store.

The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association was formed on May 4, 1916 as the Oklahoma City Motor Car Dealers’ Association. The earliest display of automobiles was first featured at the Oklahoma State Fair in 1909, and by 1916 the auto show had become a major event at the Oklahoma State Fair. The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Oklahoma City and is the producer of the annual OKC Auto Show and Tulsa Auto Show held in the spring.

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Metro OKC Auto Dealers Association Donates $50K for Houston Dealership Employees Affected by Hurricane

OKLAHOMA CITY (August 29, 2017) – Oklahoma City-based Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association is donating $50,000 for auto dealership employees who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey in south Texas.

The donation is being made through an emergency relief fund established by the National Auto Dealers Association. The money will provide relief to employees who were displaced or impacted by the ongoing weather conditions created by Hurricane Harvey.

“More than anything, we are hopeful that everyone in the areas being impacted by these extreme weather conditions and flooding is safe,” Laine Diffee, chairman of MADA, said. “We want to make sure we are able to help those in need, whether it is dry clothing, temporary shelter, food or whatever is needed. We would also like all the people who are affected by this horrible tragedy to know that we are praying earnestly for them and their families.”

Local auto dealer associations have already reported a number of dealership employees who are in need of food, gas, dry clothing and temporary places to live as rain continues to drench coastal Texas. As many as 35,000 dealership employees at 350 dealerships could be affected. Some parts of Harris County – where Houston is located – have received more than 40 inches of rain with more rainfall predicted for the new few days.

Oklahoma is no stranger to weather-related disasters, having experienced significant tornado damage in recent years. Auto dealer associations from other states have provided much-needed financial assistance for Oklahomans affected by tornadoes as recently as last year.

“We have definitely experienced our share of extreme weather conditions here in Oklahoma, so we understand the needs of our friends in Houston and other areas affected by Hurricane Harvey,” MADA president Peter Hodges said. “We know many charities and rescue workers are doing all they can through spiritual and corporal works of mercy to help with needs in the area, and we greatly appreciate everything they are doing. We want to do our part to make sure those in our industry who have been affected have their immediate needs met.”

Officials with the Houston Auto Dealers Association and the Texas Auto Dealers Association are working to identify the employees’ needs. MADA has already sent the contribution so relief can begin quickly.  Donations can be made to https://www.nada.org/emergencyrelief

The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association was formed on May 4, 1916 as the Oklahoma City Motor Car Dealers’ Association. The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Oklahoma City and is the producer of the annual OKC Auto Show, Tulsa Auto Show and the Auto Show at the Oklahoma State Fair.

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Auto Show at Oklahoma State Fair Held in New Bennett Event Center

OKLAHOMA CITY (August 28, 2017) – The auto show display at this year’s Oklahoma State Fair will be held for the first time in the new Bennett Event Center.

This year’s auto show will include six automakers, an 18-hole Mini-Golf course, an old dealership, and historic ads. The Oklahoma State Fair runs from Sept. 14th through the 24th. The auto show opens at 10 a.m.

Visitors to the auto show will also get to enjoy the excitement of today’s latest models from Ford, Honda, Chevy, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai displayed in the expansive Bennett Event Center.

“We feel this is going to be an exciting event for everyone who stops by,” Laine Diffee, chairman of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, said. “Whether it is seeing all the new models, playing some mini-golf or checking out the new Bennett Event Center, we anticipate this being a year to remember.”

This year’s auto show will also include a mini golf course, with participants having an opportunity to enter a contest to win an iPhone 8. The value of the iPhone 8 is estimated to be higher than $1000.

“We enjoy seeing the crowds coming out to see the latest models on display,” MADA president Peter Hodges said. “This year, we decided to include some of the more popular features of our annual auto show in Oklahoma City, which we expect will make this a destination spot for those who attend this year’s Oklahoma State Fair.”

Tickets for the 2017 Oklahoma State Fair are available now at the State Fair Park Box Office, online or by calling 405.948.6800. A convenience charge may apply.

Share your Fair memories and stories with us by using #okstatefair and #BiggerBetterBestOK. To stay up-to-date on all the Fair Fun, visit www.okstatefair.com, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and download the official Oklahoma State Fair Mobile App available in the App Store and Google Play Store.

“The State Fair is proud to be showcasing the new Bennett Event Center when the Auto Show moves back inside,” said Tim O’Toole, president & CEO of Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. “The public will really enjoy our newest event space with its state-of-the-art amenities.  It is truly one of the finest large-scale exhibition centers anywhere in the country.”

The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association was formed on May 4, 1916 as the Oklahoma City Motor Car Dealers’ Association. The earliest display of automobiles was first featured at the Oklahoma State Fair in 1909, and by 1916 the auto show had become a major event at the Oklahoma State Fair. The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Oklahoma City and is the producer of the annual OKC Auto Show and Tulsa Auto Show held in the spring.

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