SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento International Auto Show - one of Sacramento's largest fundraising events - rolls in to Cal Expo on October 21 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 36 automakers the world over, all on display to raise money for Sacramento area charities. To date over $2.5 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 Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mazda, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Rolls Royce, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo 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 and Toyota. New to the line-up this year SMUD will be featuring an All Electric Ride & Drive.
Luxury and exotic cars will abound this year in four different display areas. CNC Exotics returns this year featuring some of the hottest eye-candy from Southern California including Ferrari and Bentley. 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 joining the show in the Young Gunz automotive student's building. The Studebaker Club comes to the Sac Auto Show for the first year, with return visits from organizations bringing their classics to the Auto Show including the Golden Hills Mustang Club, the Camaro Generations Club, the California Auto Museum, the El Dorado Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, the Fort Sutter Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America and the Sacramento Classic Thunderbird 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, and speaking of speed, California Custom Trailers & Powersports will be featuring the Polaris Slingshot 3-wheeled motorcycle as part of their display.
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 21, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 23, 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.