With spring just around the corner, it’s a time when many folks shop for a new car. However, most folks detest stopping at several car dealers to check out the new offerings and be hassled by car salesman. Well there’s an easier way.
The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association (GLVADA) will be showcasing their 2016 line of cars during their 19th annual Lehigh Valley Auto Show. While it’s not as large as the Philly Auto Show, the shows Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena location in Hellertown allows for convenient, free parking so you don’t have to pay big bucks for parking in the City of Brotherly Love and fear losing your tires, or maybe the entire car, to thieves.
With the auto industry registering record car sales for 2015, Tom Kwiatek, GLVADA President, said this show will be the largest show the association has ever put on. Practically every carmaker and local dealer will have cars and trucks on display for patrons’ casual perusing without salesman. There will, however, be company representatives on hand to answer your questions and with no pressure to buy.
Aside from cars, there will be light trucks, vans, motorcycles, Can-Am’s, trikes and an expanded ride-and-drive program that will feature brands from Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota, all available for test drives. And speaking of motorcycles, Indian is a new name in the Lehigh Valley and Indian Motorcycle’s of Allentown will be bringing one of each model to the show. This will be Indian’s first appearance at this show. Of course there will also be Harley’s for those die-hard fans.
America On Wheels will also be at the show with six vintage vehicles. At last years show, AOW brought some beautiful cars of yesteryear. In addition, the show will have some banks, credit unions and other peripheral automotive displays to make car buying a bit easier and more informed.
Since the four day show will open Thursday, March 17 and continue until Sunday, March 20, Kwiatek adds that any charity that would like to sell tickets for Thursday and Friday of show week, GLVADA will give the organization $5 times the amount of tickets sold. Plus, they’ll be able to set up their organizations’ table on the upper tier of Stabler Arena.
The beneficiary of this years show is the Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. And to promote the show, there will be a preview gala set for Wednesday, March 16. The Gala will be held at Lehigh University’s Murray Goodman Campus in Bethlehem and the cost is $90 per person or $150 per couple. Food and beverages will be served. To purchases tickets to benefit the Children’s Hospital, go to GLVADA.org.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens (55-plus) as well as children ages 6-14. You can also buy a family four-pack for $25. Children under five are free as is parking.
While at the show, you must check out some of the exotics such as the Maserati Gran Turismo displayed by Bennett Maserati on Tilghman Street in Allentown; an Audi RS7 560-hp twin turbo V8 from Ciocca Audi; a Corvette Stingray, Lotus, BMW’s i8 electric car from Daniels BMW in Allentown and other exotics. Last year there was an outdoor showing of a Ferrari and Porsche Carrera supercars.