SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento International Auto Show - one of Sacramento's largest fundraising events - rolls in to Cal Expo on October 19 for a Friday, Saturday and Sunday run. With a nod to the future and a wave from the past, the Auto Show will feature hundreds of cars both new and old from automakers the world over, all on display to raise money for Sacramento area charities. To date over $2 million dollars has been donated from Auto Show proceeds.
"We are very proud of how the auto show continues to grow," said Jeff Bear, President of the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association, sponsors of the event. "The bigger it gets and the more people who attend allow us to put even more charitable funding in to the community."
One of the largest beneficiaries of the Sacramento International Auto Show has been Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California. Auto Show funds have allowed the dealer association to embark on a 10-year, $1 million funding commitment for pediatric regenerative research at the hospital. "This is the first association donation of its kind for Shriners Hospitals for Children," stated Development Director Alan Anderson. "We are tremendously grateful to the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association. Their gift is ground-breaking in its magnitude."
Previous years Auto Show revenue has allowed the dealers to buy a car and fund numerous wishes for Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada. "It is the support from members of our community like the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association, which allows Make-A-Wish to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions to rekindle a sense of hope, strength and joy," stated Jennifer Stolo, Make-A-Wish CEO.
Besides the charitable aspect of the Auto Show, producer Stacey Castle of Castle Communications, Inc. in Gold River said, "The main focus will continue to be the awe-inspiring technological advances of new cars. We are thrilled to have so many manufacturers participating - 36 in all this year."
Those manufacturers are Acura, Alfa, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Detomaso, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai,Indian Motorcycle. Infiniti, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Rolls Royce, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and more.
Show-goers will also have the opportunity to get behind the wheel and test drive on four closed courses in vehicles from Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Jeep, Ram, Toyota and Volkswagen. Plus, SMUD will be featuring an All Electric Ride & Drive.
Luxury and exotic cars will abound this year in four different display areas. The Los Gatos Luxury Cars display will feature Lamborghini and Rolls Royce in their vehicle mix and alongside their other exotics, Luxury Motor Cars, Ltd. will feature Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Maserati.
EuroSunday Club will have their people's choice awards where the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite vehicle and the winners in each of their two buildings will have $1500 per person donated in their name to Shriners. Some of the beautiful club cars this year will include an Audi R8, a Ferrari, and a 360 GT40.
"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."
The Cruisin' News hot rod display will feature some of Sacramento's best rods with Rat Rods. Other classics and different vehicles include: Cal Auto Museum, EuroSunday, Golden Hills Mustang, Camaro Generations, Classic Thunderbirds, Private Collector Hot Rods, El Dorado Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, Fort Sutter Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, Straight Up Dubs VW Club.
The lighter side of the Sacramento International Auto Show will feature race vehicles from the 24 Hours of LeMons (a fancy way of saying "Lemons"). These goofy and artsy race cars come with their goofy and artsy owners in this eclectic and entertaining display. OneTEN Drifters return this year with their amazing demonstration of radio controlled vehicles that whip and drift around a track at incredible speeds.
Kids are king at the Sac Auto Show with three dedicated kid's areas with bounce houses and games scattered throughout the show.
Ticket information for the Sacramento International Auto Show is available online at sacautoshow.com.
Show hours are: Friday, October 19, 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.
The Sacramento International Auto Show is sponsored by the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association. For more information contact Castle Communications, Inc. at (916) 635-2728.