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OKLAHOMA CITY (March 2, 2017) – What do the names Dale Earnhardt Sr., Bobby Allison and Bill Elliott mean to you? If you said NASCAR, then the 100th anniversary of the Oklahoma City International Auto Show may bring back some memories for you.

The Hajek Motorsports Museum will be displaying several cars with NASCAR ties, including the 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo Aero Coupe driven by Earnhardt Sr., the 1973 Chevy Malibu driven by Allison, and the 1987 Ford Thunderbird driven by Elliott when he set the NASCAR qualifying record time of 212.809 miles per hour.

“NASCAR is such a popular sport here in Oklahoma, and we are excited to have some of the famous cars from the sport on display at the 100th anniversary of the Oklahoma City International Auto Show,” Chairman John Holt said. “We know this is a big draw for car enthusiasts and we can’t wait to see the excitement people have for some of the fastest cars out there.”

Other cars with NASCAR ties appearing at the OKC Auto Show will be the 1963 FORD Galaxie driven by Glenn “Fireball” Roberts and the 1969 Torino Talladega driven by David Pearson. The cars are typically on display at the Hajek Motorsports Museum in Ames, Oklahoma, which is home to some of the biggest names in racing that include NASCAR legends such as Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Pearson, Allison and Elliott. The museum has furnished cars for the 50th Anniversary of the Daytona 500, 100th Anniversary of FORD Motor Co., and 50th Anniversary of NHRA Drag Racing.

“This is a great opportunity for kids and racing fans to get a firsthand look at some of more popular cars from NASCAR,” Brent Hajek, owner of the Hajek Motorsports Museum, said. “We are excited to be a part of the Oklahoma City Auto Show and look forward to having the opportunity to show off some cars that have belonged to some of the more famous names in racing.”

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. In addition to the Hall of Fame NASCAR exhibit, 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; 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.

 “Some of the most visible cars around are the NASCAR race cars,” Peter Hodges, president of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, said. “We know kids and car enthusiasts really enjoy the appeal of the NASCAR exhibit, and we are excited to be able to present some of the more popular cars that have appeared on race tracks across the country.”

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.

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