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Sacramento International Auto Show this weekend

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POSTED October 17, 2012 7:19 p.m.

SACRAMENTO - With a nod to the future and a wave from the past, the Sacramento International Auto Show will feature hundreds of cars both new and old from automakers the world over when it comes to Cal Expo today through Sunday.

“The main focus will continue to be the awe-inspiring technological advances of new 2013 model cars,” said show producer Stacey Castle of Castle Communications, Inc., of Gold River. “We are thrilled to have so many manufacturers represented – 38 in all this year.”

Those manufacturers are Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac,  Chevrolet, Chrysler, Coda, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Fisker, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Maserati, Mazda, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Saleen, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Show-goers will also have the opportunity to experience 13 different brands at one of seven on-site Ride & Drives featuring vehicles by Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Ram and Toyota.

The Auto Show has a fresh new look the year, according to Castle, “We really redesigned much of the Auto Show this year, adding new features and interactive areas.” Some of the new exhibits include the Great Clips Nascar Showcar Team race vehicles number 38 and number 9, a building full of wacky Art Cars, a Mini Autobahn, SMUD’s Electric Avenue, a Vintage Trailer Building, a building by the Aerospace Museum of California, a Hot Rod Hall of Fame, a Designer Corvette display, and chance to win $50,000 as you design the car of your dreams and much more.

For those looking for sheer eye-candy, the EuroSunday Club will have two displays featuring a variety of extravagant, upscale vehicles. If exclusive European exotics are your thing – including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Saleen and many more – the EuroSunday display is the place to be. They are also sponsoring the inaugural Auto Show appearance by the Keystone Cops in a display that is not only sure to entertain but will raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“While the new cars and the exotics represent the present and the future of the automobile, we’ll once again be paying tribute to cars through history,” said Castle. “We’ll have hundreds of past favorites and even a few surprises, giving the show a little something for everyone.”

Muscle car lovers can fawn over the first-year exhibit of the Hot Rod Alley, sponsored by Cruisin’ News. Another new exhibit will be a hand-picked Best-of-the-Best Corvette display. Other organizations bringing their haul of classics for return visits to the Auto Show include the Golden Hills Mustang Club, the Camaro Generations Club, the Sacramento Auto Museum, the El Dorado Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America and the Fort Sutter Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. The first Auto Show appearance of the Vintage Trailer Club display will highlight the history of highway recreation on wheels.

Electric Avenue by SMUD will feature a full building dedicated to Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs), Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs). It will also feature the KleenSpeed EV-X11 racecar, four-time defending champion of the Electric Vehicle Prototype Time Trials (2009-2012) and considered the fastest electric vehicle in the world. KleenSpeed is based at the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffet Field.

Even kids can get in on the driving action on the Mini Autobahn, a contained track that little ones can maneuver in small battery powered vehicles. The Golden 1 Credit Union will also be sponsoring one of two Kid Zones, and KCRA is sponsoring Sac Auto Show Radio, featuring a DJ playing music during show hours.

Ticket information for the Sacramento International Auto Show is available online at sacautoshow.com. General admission at the door for adults is $12 per day, $3 for ages 7-12 and kids 6 and under will be admitted free. In addition, special ticket packages include a $15 adult bonus pack, good for admission and a $7 food voucher – a $4 savings, the $30 family pack, good for 2 adults and two kids 12 and under with a $10 food voucher – a $10 savings; and the VIP pass, a $40 ticket for Friday, October 19 which includes early admission, a Sacramento Auto Show hat, continental breakfast and fast-track access to all Ride & Drives. Pre-sale tickets as well as merchandise can be purchased on the Sacramento Auto Show’s Facebook page. There you can also register to win VIP packages for two.

The show hours are TIDAY, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The first 100 to arrive each day will park for free.

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