OKLAHOMA CITY (March 6, 2017) – A perfect storm involving vintage automobiles will be taking place this upcoming weekend when the tour of the National Horseless Carriage Club of America will be coming to Oklahoma City during the centennial celebration of the Oklahoma City International Auto Show.
With the HCCA in town, an additional 35 vintage cars from over 100 years ago will be on display from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 12th at the OKC Auto Show. The 100th anniversary of the Oklahoma City International Auto Show is being held March 10-12 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in the new Bennett Event Center.
“We were so excited to find out that the centennial celebration of the Oklahoma City Auto Show would be coinciding with our national tour coming through Oklahoma City,” Chris Paulsen of the national HCCA said. “This should be an entertaining event not only for our members but for everyone who attends.”
Members of the national HCCA will be in Oklahoma from March 11-15 before driving to Chickasha for the national convention on March 16th. The HCCA is built around the goal of preserving originality or restoring pre-1916 automobiles to their original condition, using them for their original purpose of driving and completing tours, and promoting the preservation of their historical value. The national chapter is made up of regional chapters that includes the Sooner Regional HCCA, which is working with the OKC Auto Show to re-create the 1917 experience for those attending the show.
“The timing of the National Horseless Carriage Club of America tour coming to Oklahoma City during the same weekend of the Oklahoma City International Auto Show could not have worked out any better,” Chairman John Holt said. “The more cars we can put on display for those who attend, the better it will be for everyone. We are excited for everyone who gets a chance to get a rare glimpse at some incredible vintage automobiles.”
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 of all ages. The 100th anniversary event will include a re-creation of the event from a century ago with 44 one hundred-year-old and vintage cars; the Auto Show 5K race; the opportunity to test drive 24 cars and trucks from FCA, Toyota and Chevrolet; the Hall of Fame NASCAR exhibit; exotic cars; an 18-hole mini golf course; a “Coffee and Cars” event; a charitable Gala benefiting 10 Strong who helps improve the lives of children with cancer; and lots and lots of 2017 new cars and trucks from 27 automobile brands.
“We were really thrilled to find out the National Horseless Carriage Club of America would be having their tour come through Oklahoma City at the same time as the OKC Auto Show,” Peter Hodges, president of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, said. “With dozens of automobiles from over a century ago, it fits in well with our centennial celebration and the timing could not have worked out any better for those who visit the auto show.”
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 be one of the first major consumer shows to take place in the new, 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 local 7-Eleven stores, Red Coyote running and fitness and Solid Rock Basketball.
Among the automaker brands participating in the show are Alfa Romeo, Acura, Buick, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Explorer Van, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Ram, Smart, 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.