Events and Features
2017 AUTO SHOW – EVENTS AND FEATURES
CHARLOTTE INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW “PREVIEW NIGHT” TO BENEFIT LOCAL Y’s
November 1st – 6:30pm-9:00pm
The Charlotte International Auto Show kicks off this year with a Preview Night benefiting all area YMCA’s. This annual preview night event will be held Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center beginning at 6:30pm. SPECIAL this year – Thomas Davis, Panthers Linebacker will be speaking and sharing his story on how he gives back to the community through his charity, “Defending Dreams Foundation.” Attendees will have the opportunity to view the 2018 models with style and excitement while benefiting a great local charity. Buy tickets NOW for Preview Night using this link. Free parking is available for Preview Night ticket holders at NASCAR Hall of Fame parking deck. (business attire)
RIDE AND DRIVE
The Charlotte International Auto Show is hosting four Ride & Drive events this year. Chevrolet**, Kia, Mazda* and Toyota will have select 2018 models to drive Thursday thru Sunday at this year’s Show. This program allows consumers to get behind the wheel of various models and take these cars, SUV’s, crossovers and trucks for a spin. Drivers must be at least 18 years old, produce a valid driver’s license, provide follow up information, sign a waiver of liability and pass a breathalyzer test to participate in the program. All participants will be accompanied by an in vehicle host who will answer product related questions and will assist in demonstrating the many features and benefits of these technologically advanced vehicles.
** Chevrolet Saturday and Sunday only
* Mazda Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
HISTORY OF THE AUTOMOBILE
Back by popular demand will be our History of the Automobile display. It is like taking a walk back in time and brings back a lot of memories for a lot of folks. Automotive models from the beginning of the industry, through the BIG sedans and up to the ‘muscle’ cars, this is an exhibit that draws attendees from all ages. Maybe you can find the first car you ever owned among the beauties on display!
BRAKES (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) is a non-profit organization founded by Doug Herbert after both of his sons were killed in an auto accident. BRAKES’ mission is to prevent injuries and save lives by training and educating teenage drivers and their parents about the importance of safe driving. Doug is an NHRA driver when he is not traveling the country promoting BRAKES. Doug, and his dragster, will be at the Auto Show by the Kia booth, his national sponsor.
FAMILY DAY SET FOR NOVEMBER 5th
Families are welcome every day at the Auto Show, but Sunday is SPECIAL. The Show opens at 10a.m. on Sunday but beginning after noon there will be special events just for the kids. Again this year Santa Claus will visit with children. Entertainment will include live music and face painting . Children 12 and under will receive a ticket for an hourly drawing for a family four pack of movie entertainment – tickets and concessions – valued at over $50.00. All of this for the price of admission; children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. Sunday really is a fun family day at the Auto Show.
Santa will be at the Auto Show:
FREE LUNCH – Thursday and Friday
The Charlotte International Auto Show will provide a complimentary lunch for every paying visitor between the hours of 12 Noon and 2PM on Thursday and Friday, November 2nd and 3rd, 2017. Every paid admission will receive a ticket stub good for a hot dog and drink from either of the two concession stands open in exhibit halls A & B. Visitors may have their hand stamped so they may re-enter the Show after work.
FREE BUYER’S GUIDE AT SHOW
How do you compare automobiles in the market? Where do you shop? What are the cars of the future? All attendees of the Charlotte International Auto Show will receive a free Buyer’s Guide containing over 100 pages of great automobile information about what’s new, what’s hot and what’s coming in the future. Get your copy as you enter the Show.
BRING YOUR CAMERA TO THE AUTO SHOW
Bring your camera to the Show. Photography is allowed and what great opportunities there are for terrific pictures. You’ll experience beautiful displays, turntable exhibits and all the allure of a major Auto Show. On Saturday and Sunday your children may have their picture taken with Santa Claus and on Sunday all area mascots will be available as well for photo opportunities.
ADVANCE TICKET SALES ON-LINE
Check out the Auto Show Website for updated information about the 2017 Charlotte International Auto Show. Preview Night tickets and general admission discount tickets are available using this link. Save $2.00 by buying your tickets online using this link. You may also print off the $2.00 discount coupon and buy your tickets at the door.