Blizzard Jonas of 2016 couldn’t stop the heat that was destined to be at to the Washington Auto Show. If anything, it only built up the anticipation more from the thousands of showgoers who heard many exciting things about the show. The Washington Auto Show®, a world class event, continues to wow audiences with its cutting-edge exhibits, latest model cars and displays of historic vehicles.
As the “Public Policy Show” on the auto show circuit, the 10-day public show is preceded by two Public Policy Preview Days of special events and announcements for officials in government, industry and the media. The Washington Auto Show is also noted as the largest public show in Washington, D.C. Visitors enjoy the annual trek to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the entertainment, as much as for the experience of viewing the hundreds of cars on exhibit.
With more than 700 new models from over 42 manufacturers, the 2016 show featured VIP tours led by award-winning automotive writers and along with the Art-of-Motion exhibit area for live painting of “art” cars. As a bonus, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins and a host of others dropped by to take pictures with fans and sign autographs. In addition, there was a Family Fun Zone and a beer garden, presented by Samuel Adams.
In cooperation with Automotive Rhythms, the trendsetting urban automotive media group, the cutting-edge car art display featured a 6,000-square-foot exhibit of experiential graphic backdrops consisting of bikes, fashion, autos and murals. Nationally celebrated illustrators, Demont Pinder aka “Peekaso,” Ed the Artist and Jamaal Lamaaj painted vehicles at the art display specially commissioned art cars for the occasion. Each day consisted of different activity, whether it was a live art installation from one of the acclaimed artists chosen to paint a vehicle or a stunning fashion show from Kas Collections. The overall display was noted as the best exhibit in the entire show, not to say the rest of the show wasn’t spectacular, but this display was very unique.
Ford, Kia, Mazda and Toyota all hosted “Ride N’ Drives” for patrons to take the wheel while Jeep set up a full scale obstacle course with their off-road beasts. Kids were entertained in Playland with various characters roaming around throughout the day and the Ford Mustang Car Club displayed classic custom cars alongside a military tank from the District of Columbia National Guard. The 2016 Connected Green Car was awarded to the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. The Honda HR-V was also presented as the 2016 Green SUV of the year. The Volvo XC90 T8 won the 2015 luxury green car of the year. Hyundai curated a “Hands On” contest where contestants attempted to hold onto a 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE for 5 days, in which the last man standing won. 32-year-old William Holmes from Mitchellville, Maryland immediately passed the keys over to his mother, whom we won the car for.
Each year the Washington Auto Show wows the attendees and steps up the bar to measure up with what happens in other cities. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year. Enjoy the gallery.