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Westward, Ho! New Cars Come to Cowtown

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Westward, Ho! New Cars Come to Cowtown

If you missed seeing what’s new at the State Fair Auto Show, you can catch most of what’s new at the Tarrant County Convention Center this weekend. There, as auto show chairman Stephen Gilchrist suggests, “Fort Worth is the only location you can see, touch, feel and get behind the wheel of hundreds of cars all in November.” Unless, of course, you visit dozens of dealerships. 

If you’re in the purchase funnel, this is a great place to construct your short list. The Fort Worth show, organized by the North Texas Auto Dealers, isn’t the Dallas show in scope or inventory, but it’s a convenient way of kicking tires. The show begins at the Fort Worth Convention Center at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, and continues through 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. More info can be found at FtWorthAutoShow.com. Or you can find it below, where we have the Auto Show’s press release.


SHOP, COMPARE AND DRIVE AT THE 2019 FORT WORTH AUTO SHOW

It’s time to shop, compare and drive at the 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show. The event will be held Nov. 8-10 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

The impressive line-up will feature a variety of all-new or redesigned 2020s including: BMW X4, X7 and Z4; Chevrolet Silverado HD; Ford Escape, Explorer, Mustang Shelby GT500; GMC Sierra; Jaguar F-Pace SVR; Jeep Gladiator; Kia Sportage, Soul and Telluride; Lincoln Aviator and Corsair; Nissan Versa; Porsche Cayenne Coupe and 911; Ram Heavy Duty; Subaru Legacy and Outback; and Volkswagen Arteon. Park Place will entice visitors to dream big with an exhibit featuring the Bentley Bentayga Stetson, the Karma Revero GT, the McLaren 600LT and Rolls-Royce Phantom.

This year, the spotlight also will shine on a Ford GT, owned by the family of Aaron Shelby. And at 6 pm on Friday, Nov. 8, Aaron will take center stage to discuss how his grandfather Carroll Shelby took on Enzo Ferrari for fastest car bragging rights, which is the subject of the Ford vs. Ferrari movie set to be released on Nov. 15.

This year’s outdoor Ride & Drive Event, sponsored by Spectrum Reach, will feature more than 30 models ranging from hybrids and compacts to SUVs and pick-ups from Chevrolet, Ford, Honda and Toyota. Participants must be 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

 “There really is no better way to check out a vehicle than to take it for a spin through the streets of downtown Fort Worth. Product specialists from each manufacturer will be able to show drivers all the bells and whistles of their vehicles,” said show chairman Stephen Gilchrist.

CBS 11 is once again hosting the Classic Car Corral at the Fort Worth Auto Show. Visitors will be able to take a walk down memory lane and see some of the most classic and stylistic designs from automotive history.

“This year, the Pontiac GTO will be celebrated as well as many other vintage models from our past. CBS 11 will also host an old-fashioned Texas-style Ice Cream truck that will contain goodies from the CBS 11 prize closet,” said David Hershey, organizer of the Classic Car Corral and vice president of Creative Services for CBS11/TXA21. In addition, auto show visitors will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite classic vehicle.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Fort Worth Auto Show will present the first ever Auto Tech Competition. Nine local high schools were selected to participate in the competition based on their scores from preliminary ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) testing. The schools were then paired with dealerships to help them train for the competition. 

Phase I of the competition will be four workstations designed to test the capabilities of the students, with Phase II being on-vehicle inspection and repair. Prizes include scholarships (provided by The Carroll Shelby Foundation) for each student on the first-place team, as well as Snap-on tool sets for the first, second and third place teams. Each participating student also will receive swag bags from Ford and Toyota. Students and instructors from each school will each receive a gift card from Audi.

“Helping our dealers find quality auto technicians is a very important initiative for the NTXAD (North Texas Automobile Dealers),” said Brent Franks, president of the NTXAD. “This competition is a huge step forward in making this happen.”

Show Hours are 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $11 for adults, $5 for senior citizens 65 and older and children 6 to 12 years old, and children 5 and under are admitted free. $1 discount coupons are available at participating franchised new car dealerships. For more information, and to purchase tickets online, visit FtWorthAutoShow.com.

David Boldt

Boldt, a contributor to outlets such as AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings to his laptop some forty years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, Chicago's Midwest Automotive Media Association and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild. David is the Managing Editor of txGarage and the automotive contributor to Dallas' Katy Trail Weekly.

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